Game 45: Tigers at Royals

PREGAME: It will be Kenny Rogers taking on Runelvys Hernandez. Rogers will look to repeat his Kaufman Stadium Opening Day performance. Rogers will also try to prolong the scoreless streak. It stretches back to the Griffey slam in the 7th inning on Saturday.

POSTGAME
Nice jinx on that scoreless streak huh? That said, it was a very nice come from behind win. More clutch hitting for everyone, with Curtis Granderson once again delivering the big blow. Rogers clearly struggled – 4 homers – to the Royals? But the bullpen completely shut the door.

As for the Royals, that game looked painfully familiar. Your offense actually hits the ball pretty well, and has a weeks worth of homers in 7 innings. Your starter is pitching a very solid game and you find yourself with a lead. Your defense has made several nice plays and not thrown the ball around. And yet you just kind of had the feeling that it wouldn’t last. That those last 9 outs wouldn’t come quick enough. Once again, all I can say is I sympathize with the plight of Royals fans.

11 Comments

  1. Jeff M

    May 23, 2006 at 10:24 pm

    Keating interviewed Granderson after the game. That was the first time I’ve seen him interviewed. Very well spoken. Definitely had the cliches down-pat.

  2. Tim D

    May 23, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    Sweeeeeet!

  3. Bryan

    May 24, 2006 at 5:27 am

    All I could think about while watching our boys come from behind, was how this looked like any other Tiger game of the past few years, except reversed. Good start from the Royals, you get everything you need to win a game, and then the wheels just fall off. And all along you’ve got that feeling…you just know it’s going to happen.

    I feel like any second now I’m going to wake up and all of this is going to go away. It was just a dream. Tigers with the best record in all of baseball? This just has to be too good to be true.

  4. Dave

    May 24, 2006 at 8:01 am

    Yeah, I agree…. it wasn’t too long ago that the feeling was if the Tigers were down 4-0 in the 3rd, it would be over. Or even more so, 5-3 in the 7th.

    BTW, not to beat a dead horse, but the Tigers on-base was .467 last night ;->

  5. Kyle J

    May 24, 2006 at 8:19 am

    Granderson did sound very composed for a young player.

    We gotta play ’em one day at a time. I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ballclub. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.

  6. Joey

    May 24, 2006 at 8:36 am

    Kyle is that a direct quote from Bull Durham or did he actually say that? Tell me he actually said that!

    I really liked a number of comments Monroe made following last nights game. He actually touched upon Bryan’s post about how in year’s past, it would have been the Tigers dropping this game:

    “That thought process of `How are we going to lose today?’ has been erased,” Monroe said. “It’s gone. Now we focus on what can we do to win this game. Skipper does a good job making sure we’re prepared. He makes this atmosphere so much fun. But at the same time, it’s business.

    “You can’t control wins and losses. But you can control how you prepare, and when you prepare the way this team is preparing every day, you come here confident that you’ve got a chance.”

    And then this, which I think fits in nicely with our marathon OBP thread (which was the thread of the season as far as I’m concerned):

    “It feels good to have a big at-bat like that, because I easily could have chased some of those pitches — I’ve chased them in the past,” Monroe said. “It could have been easy to say, ‘I’m not hitting good, and let’s just try to make something happen.’

    “Well, how about being patient and giving someone else a chance to get it done for you?”

    Monroe is one of the Tigers who most frustrates me most with his free swinging ways, and it’s nice to see him work a walk and be rewarded for his effort. I hope he keeps it up.

  7. Jeff M

    May 24, 2006 at 8:44 am

    Kyle is that a direct quote from Bull Durham or did he actually say that? Tell me he actually said that!

    Sadly, no, but his words were definitely close. For a brief second during the interview, I thought for sure I saw Crash whisper something to Granderson.

  8. Dave

    May 24, 2006 at 8:55 am

    Just a side comment. I’ve mentioned before that I grew up in Detroit (Taylor); lived there until I was 22. For most of my adult life (I’m 43 now), I’ve lived in Chicago. One of the guys who works with me has season tickets to the White Sox. He said last night there was scoreboard watching. When the Royals put up a “4” early in the game, there was a cheer from the crowd. Toward the end of the game, when the Tigers put up a “4” in the 8th, there was a collective groan. The White Sox faithful are aware. I’ve gotta get tickets for Jun 6….

  9. Jeff M

    May 24, 2006 at 9:17 am

    He said last night there was scoreboard watching.

    Words can’t describe the satisfaction that gave me 🙂 The champs watching the Tigers score? Man, is that ever a sweet feeling.

  10. Marshall in DC

    May 24, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    After watching the Pistons last night, It was sooo nice to check in with ESPN News and see the tigs won a come from behind game. Took some of the sting off this morning.

    Thanks you boys!

    BTW – LOL at the bull durham quote – I love that scene.

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