PREGAME: The Tigers hope to get their offense going and Neifi Perez gets his first start of the year…let that sink in for a minute.
Perez will be starting in place of the struggling Brandon Inge and batting ninth. The rest of the lineup is what we’ve come to expect.
In his only other start this year Wright was gone in the 3rd inning after surrendering 4 hits and 5 walks.
Game Time 7:05pm
POSTGAME: Absolutely outstanding pitching by Nate Robertson tonight. He was uber efficient needing only 86 pitches through 7 1/3. He gave up only 4 hits, while fanning 5 and walking one. I said it in the comments, but he should have been given a shot to finish that game. That said, very nice 1-2-3 by Jonesy in the 9th.
The Tigers also got some very good defense. Curtis Granderson picked up an outfield assist on ill-advised baserunning, and an accurate one hop throw to 2nd. Craig Monroe made a nice play digging a ball out of the corner and sending a strong accurate throw to 2nd just missing Kevin Millar. Neifi made a couple nice plays at third and Polanco’s play to end the game was sweet.
The offense is still struggling, save for Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco. The Tigers first 2 runs were fortunate to say the least with both runs scoring without a ball leaving the infield.
Gary Sheffield continues to struggle with a couple more strikeouts including one with the bases loaded.
Jim Leyland frustrated me on several occasions tonight. I already mentioned pulling Robertson, but then the two “strike-em-out-throw-em-out double plays” were both questionable decision with guys who were struggling at the dish.
But enough doom and gloom. The Tigers picked up the win. I’ll choose to just relish in the fact that I’m disputing the quality of the win for a change. Even with all the good of 2006, those 12 years prior are still pretty fresh in my memory.