Game 26: Orioles at Tigers

PREGAME: If the rain holds off it’ll be Chad Durbin and Adam Loewen.

Durbin is coming off an outstanding effort against the White Sox on the road. Loewen, has been battling control issues with 5-7-5 walks in his last 3 games.

Carlos Guillen gets his first night off and Neifi Perez will play shortstop with Omar Infante manning centerfield.

Game time (theoretically) 7:05pm

POSTGAME: After a couple of solid starts, Chad Durbin couldn’t find the strike zone with GPS. The Tigers were fortunate to still be in this game after 6 walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Bobby Seay did a great job in relief not allowing a baserunner until he’d retired 7 straight.

While Seay was great, Zumaya was outstanding. He gave up a run scoring single, but that was more a credit to Miguel Tejada. He went down and got a low fastball and bounced through the middle. There wasn’t really any solid contact and Joel had his heater and curve ball working – even throwing in an 88mph change up.

Placido Polanco didn’t take well to that swing and miss last night, and responded with 4 hits. Brandon Inge had his 3rd straight day of decent at-bats. Gary Sheffield deserved better than an 0fer with several hard hit balls and one he just missed on.

And with the surprise of all surprises, Sean Casey picked up a stolen base. His first since July 9th 2005.

Tigers 5 Orioles 4

86 Comments

  1. Sam

    May 1, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Guys,

    I have 4 extra seats for tommorrows game. They are row 8 in section 324. I live in Clarkston, If anyone wants them shoot me an e-mail tonight at shoff@pattieng.com. I am flying out tommorrow, so you may have to pick them up tonight. If you want me to cfer them through stub-hub I can, but I want you to pay the fee.

    -Sam

  2. Sam

    May 1, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Other than a possible Xfer fee, I don’t want anything for them. I have a paypal account.

    -Sam

  3. Ken

    May 1, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    What the hell is wrong with the camera angles once a ball is hit? I think a drunk monkey was workin the control room in that first inning.

  4. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    Well, we’ve found the real Chad Durbin again and left that good imposter in Chicago.

  5. Ken

    May 1, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    He’s fightin through it, but he doesn’t look nearly as effective as his last start. Farrr from it. And as I write this he gets jacked by Mora. Doh. Durbin may not make it long, with the tight leash that Leyland has on him.

  6. Anne

    May 1, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Even before the homer by Mora, I was thinking we wouldn’t see 8 innings from Durbin. Still, 2-0 is not insurmountable. C’mon Neifi, make us proud. :)

  7. Ryan

    May 1, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Tough game for comin’ back with the 5-9 hitters today. And it’s not cute anymore. Would anybody else (seriously and without sarcasm) rather see Durbin try to bunt for a base hit than Neifi’s “at bats”?

  8. Craig in CA

    May 1, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    I agree, but it’s hard for any hitter to get in the groove with 11 at bats.

    This is not a lineup that is going to score alot of runs.

    Durbin is something else.

    What’s Andrew Miller doing.

  9. Craig in CA

    May 1, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Where’s the rain!!!

  10. Craig in CA

    May 1, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    I don’t want to seem negative, but Pudge doesn’t seem the same on defense as of late.

  11. Sam

    May 1, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Miller has a 4.76 era in Lakeland.

    -Sam

  12. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    I swear I’ve seen more broken bats than…I mean, jeez. At least two a game.

  13. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    “So that’s going to leave it up to Neifi Perez.”

    I don’t ever want to hear that again.

  14. Craig in CA

    May 1, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Come on Nefi……?

  15. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    That mound visit was BS. They just wanted to make sure Neifi remembers how much he sucks.

  16. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Pretty brutal outing by Durbin. Tigers are fortunate to only be down 2.

    I guess he can only pitch against the White Sox. His last 2 outings (both against the Sox) were solid.

  17. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Andrew Miller is not the answer for this year. I’d prefer he not get called up until the rosters expand and the minor league season is done.

    and his ERA is high because he’s working on a more over the top delivery instead of his across-the-body delivery he had in college. That’s what Lynn Henning reported.

  18. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    Yes, C-Mo. Thanks for the Balk Loewen.

  19. Austin

    May 1, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    which way did monroe go with it?

  20. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Left. It was weird because I thought the Sheff flyout was a home run. I was yelling, then it got caught so shallow that I felt like a tool.

  21. Austin

    May 1, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    thanks, i need to shell out the 15 bucks for audio.

  22. Jason

    May 1, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Who is this hairless, overpaid albino monkey on the mound?

  23. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    O. M. G. Perez got a hit.

  24. Ken

    May 1, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    He may be a hairless monkey, but he was a major loss for our bullpen that we havn’t exactly replaced. He’s earning his pay check this year too. Oohh…and he fanned Pudge.

  25. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Leyland should pull Seay here. He was outstanding and did his job.

  26. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    While the loss of Walker was a bummer, the struggles of Rodney and now Zumaya are what make our bullpen look bad — not the loss of Walker.

    Good for him though. I would’ve taken the money and ran, too.

  27. Walewander

    May 1, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Why is Seay still in?

  28. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Neifi Perez O.M.G. makes a play. I think his foot might have been safe.

  29. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Roberts has a case there. I think his leg might have been in. Took Perez a long time to get rid of that ball.

  30. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Wow. Neifi with a nice play. I hung my head when he threw home. I thougt they had no shot at getting him.

    Question: What Jimi Hendrix song does Joel come out of the bullpen to? I cannot think of the name of it for the life of me.

  31. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    You know, that was just a nice hit by Tejada. High 90′s at the knees is pretty tough.

  32. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I want to hurt Tejada.

  33. Ben in Denver

    May 1, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    That’s Voodoo Chile by Hendrix – a nice selection.

  34. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks, Ben.

    Nice breaking ball from Zumaya.

  35. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Great job by Zumaya. His velocity is still a couple ticks down, but he was working at the bottom of the strike zone again, and had control of the hook.

  36. Joey C.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    I love that Mario labeled that throw by Neifi a great throw. The dude made an 80 foot throw. Couldn’t be more routine. And he threw it as hard as he could and it had zero mustard on it. It was a nice headsup play by Perez, but let’s not get carried away.

  37. Ken

    May 1, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    We’ve definetely gotten all of the calls tonight….I’ll take em when we can get em.

  38. Ben in Denver

    May 1, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    All of these close games are brutal. Have we had an exceptionally high number of close games or is it me?

  39. Steve - Roch NY

    May 1, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Does anyone remember if last year game day had pitch speed. I really thought they did but I dont see it this year.

    Steve

  40. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Safe to say, for tonight at least, Joel’s overcome those control problems. Wow.

  41. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Zumaya’s back. That was filthy. The heater, the hook, and even a change, all located well.

    Voodoo child is back.

  42. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Zumaya really got back to pitching, not just throwing. He looks amazing today.

    I think his troubles are going to be less this month.

  43. Joey C.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Good god. Zumaya displaying three unbelievable pitches tonight.

  44. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    Steve – only during the playoffs they had velocity.

    Eight parks have it so far this year.

  45. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    Oh, and that change up Joel threw to Patterson to get strike 2 is exactly why i wished he’d break out 3-4 a inning. Patterson had no chance to fouling it off, because of the arm action.

  46. Joey C.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    Get him in the rotation!

  47. Joey C.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    That was my knee-jerk comment for the evening.

  48. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Intentionally walking Granderson to get to Perez/Casey. Mind blowing!

  49. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Casey vs. Perez? Not much of a difference.

  50. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    We strike fear in the hearts of pitching staffs everywhere when we can take out the stud known as Neifi Perez in favor of the HOFer Sean Casey.

  51. Mark S.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    CASEY!!!!

  52. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Ok, well there’s the difference. Man, I’m pessimistic.

  53. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Nice job Casey. I didn’t expect it, but nice job.

  54. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Perez with a hit, threw a runner out at home plate and Sean Casey get’s a Pinch-hit RBI single?

    The world shall be ending withing 96 hours. Be prepared.

  55. Mark S.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Pudge looks like hes trying to hard.

  56. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Laz Diaz is a bad umpire

  57. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Sean Casey got a stolen base!

  58. Mark S.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    I mean….its not really stolen…it is, but uncontested. Its not a real stolen base

  59. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    WHAT!?!?! Polly will rock you.

  60. Joey C.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Stolen base by Casey…add that to your list indicating the end of the world Mike R.

  61. Mark S.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Lets just hope Jones can hold it. (Knock Knock)

  62. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Agree, billfer. Laz Diaz might be blind in one eye.

  63. Mark S.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    lol…did u see the smile on the guys face that caught the ball…….

  64. Ed in OR

    May 1, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Looks like Leyland’s ejection really did something for the team. They’ve been playing like last year since then.

  65. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    That was like two games ago, Ed. People around here’ll get on you about sample size.

  66. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Haha, yeah Joey C, I’m adding that to the list.

    Sean Casey is the ugliest runner in the history of people with two working legs.

  67. Joey C.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    HA!

  68. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Hahaha. Adam, that made me laugh.

  69. Joey C.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    That laughter was originally intended for Adam, but it applies to your last comment as well Mike.

  70. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    I do what I can. Tying runs on.

  71. billfer

    May 1, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Jones is close to balking. He barely paused when coming to the set.

  72. Joey C.

    May 1, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Thank god for that 2nd run in the 8th.

    COME ON JONESY!

  73. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Phil Hughes has a no hitter through 6 in Texas.

    just trying to distract myself from the anxiety Todd Jones gives me.

  74. Mark S.

    May 1, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    YES!!! Another comeback victory, this one feels good

  75. Mark S.

    May 1, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    ROCK simsimsimout

  76. Joey C.

    May 1, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Man does Jones make me sweat…

    It’s turned into a nice little stretch here fellas.

  77. Steve - Roch NY

    May 1, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Sweet.

    Your Right mark, that did feel good.

    Z was looking much bettr tonight

    Steve

  78. Mark in Chicago

    May 1, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Hughes just got lifted with 2 outs in the 7th, still had his no-hitter going. Looks like he pulled a hammy.

  79. Mike R

    May 1, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    I just saw that. wow, haha. If the Yanks didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.

  80. Mark in Chicago

    May 1, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Trust me, my heart weeps for the yankees.

    No, no it doesn’t. Never mind.

  81. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Nice win….

  82. Matt

    May 1, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    Glad they won.

    Jones SUCKS, I don’t care what anyone says.

  83. Adam

    May 1, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    …Yankees suck.

  84. Kurt

    May 1, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    And I was so proud of having the waiver priority to get Hughes on my fantasy team! Yankees S&C coach sucks!

  85. Mike R

    May 2, 2007 at 2:17 am

    While I’m not a Yankees fan, I love following prospects and whatnot and was pulling for Hughes to pitch well. Shame. He said he heard a pop in his hamstring and is on the shelf for minimum 4-6 weeks or 6-8 weeks, i can’t remember which.

  86. Pat

    May 2, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Jones SUCKS, I don’t care what anyone says.

    Todd Jones loves you.