Game 63: Brewers at Tigers

by billfer on June 12, 2007 · 96 comments

in 2007 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: Sixty-two down, one hundred to go. As quick as this season is zipping along, there is still a lot of baseball left to play. The last 100 starts with a home tilt against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers just never feel quite like an interleague game, probably due to all the times the Tigers played Cecil Cooper, Robin Yount, and Ben Oglivie in the 80′s.

But tonight the Tigers and Justin Verlander will take on Jeff Suppan.

Suppan has been pretty bad his last half dozen starts with a 5.59 ERA and he’s allowed 8 homers, 18 walks, and only 13 strikeouts.

Verlander is coming off of 7 innings of shut out ball in Texas. Prior to that was his shellacking against the Indians. So there isn’t really a trend here, but on the whole Verlander has a 3.12 ERA for the season so there’s been more good than bad.

In Baseball Prospectus today there was an article about wasted at-bats, or ABs by sub-replacement-level players. The Tigers have the smallest percentage of such at-bats on the season with only 4.2%. All those belong to Neifi Perez. I bring this up because he’s starting tonight for Carlos Guillen who is still hampered by his hamstring issue. Perez is 6 for 18 lifetime off of Suppan.

Game Time 7:05

 
 

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Walewander June 12, 2007 at 7:59 pm

Justin is dealing so far. 7 Ks through 4 innings.

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 8:12 pm

I wondered if anyone else was watching this game, but I’m not gonna say much else.

Adam June 12, 2007 at 8:12 pm

8 Ks through 5. Still no hits.

Joseph June 12, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Looking for Tigers Sheff Hats?

Someone has them on EBAY for $15

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Richie June 12, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Tigers need some insurance runs!

Tater June 12, 2007 at 8:17 pm

Hey! Come on now, Adam.

Steve - Roch NY June 12, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Great game so far, I hope Verlander pitches for the Tigers for the nex 19 years.

Steve

Kevin in Austin June 12, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Good eye Brandon.

Steve - Roch NY June 12, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Does anyone remember the old light blue PJ’s the Brewers wore a few years back?

cib June 12, 2007 at 8:34 pm

Rod just mentioned that Sunday squeeze play again. He really enjoyed that!
Isn’t Verlander unbelievable….

Walewander June 12, 2007 at 8:37 pm

They shouldn’t boo. Only an idiot would pitch to Maggs instead of Casey here.

Walewander June 12, 2007 at 8:39 pm

And the patented GB to second. It’s incredible that we have the highest scoring offense in baseball with 0 HRs and a .347 SLG.

Joey the K June 12, 2007 at 8:42 pm

New Rod Allen game rule, drink every time he calls Verlander, Bonderman.

Adam June 12, 2007 at 8:42 pm

SWEEEET play by Maggs in right. Everyone giving Justin their best tonight.

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 8:44 pm

And Grandy’s triple. Can you believe it?

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 8:48 pm

Where’s the guy that said he had a hammer just in case Brandon needs another broken toe later on? Brandon’s on fire.

Walewander June 12, 2007 at 8:49 pm

good news! Polanco is at #1 in the AL 2B voting! And I haven’t gotten around to online voting for him yet (I did at the park).

The Inge haters are quiet these days…

Walewander June 12, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Anyone wanna hear a Tigers trade rumour I read today?

Joey C. June 12, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Yes Walewander I do!

Kathy that comment about Inge is hilarious.

And I’m not saying anything else about this game.

Steve - Roch NY June 12, 2007 at 8:54 pm

Sure Walewander

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 8:56 pm

What rumor?

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Gullylullyland at the CoPa.

Steve - Roch NY June 12, 2007 at 8:58 pm

Joey, hey hows it going.

Walewander Whats the deal?

Joey C. June 12, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Perez with the leather!!!!

Joey the K June 12, 2007 at 9:02 pm

NEIFI!!!! no way!!!!!!

Ben in Denver June 12, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Hello all! I just thought I’d join you in not saying anything. Keeping silent by myself has proven to be too difficult.

Joey C. June 12, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Hey Steve! How’s it going.

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 9:06 pm

My radio feed is about 6 seconds ahead of the TV.

Walewander June 12, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Sorry about the delay… big grain of salt (this from a CDN clolumnist who is king of the misleading rumour, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day, right?)

Maroth to the Rangers for Eric Gagne.

Adam June 12, 2007 at 9:11 pm

You can do it, I believe in you. I believe in you hardcore.

Ben in Denver June 12, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Is ESPN/2/News carrying the 9th? Anybody know?

Kevin in Austin June 12, 2007 at 9:12 pm

ESPN is carrying it live.

Ben in Denver June 12, 2007 at 9:13 pm

ESPN.

Kevin in Austin June 12, 2007 at 9:13 pm

That curve was flat out sick.

Kevin in Austin June 12, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Goodness gracious. Flat out nasty.

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm

strike one

Kevin in Austin June 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Did anyone else see the gun flash 102 on that first pitch fastball?

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 9:16 pm

Breathe.

PHT in HK June 12, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Wow!

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Big Jim is crying and so am I.

Steve - Roch NY June 12, 2007 at 9:18 pm

W O W

Michael June 12, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Noooooooooooooooooooooooo hitterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I was excited just watching the gamecast on ESPN.

Walewander June 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

HE DID IT!!!!

Jojo SunDevil June 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

WOW!!!! That is so frikken awesome!! Verlander is the BEST!!!!

Incredible.

Tim in TX June 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

It’s moments like this that make being a baseball fan amazing!

Steve - Roch NY June 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

No word from Billfer Was he AT the game?

fritz June 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

go justin. it’s your birfday.

Ben in Denver June 12, 2007 at 9:21 pm

————–standing ovation—————

Those were nasty, nasty pitches. There was no stopping him. Great job Justin!

Chris Y. June 12, 2007 at 9:22 pm

HOLY SH**!!!!!

Steve - Roch NY June 12, 2007 at 9:23 pm

It was great watching this with my nine year old. It was the first no no I have watched the whole game on, let alone a Tiger game. Wll there goes being at work on time. Too wound up. Both of us are……

Steve

Adam June 12, 2007 at 9:23 pm

I’m crying right now. I can’t even express this. I’m crying.

Jojo SunDevil June 12, 2007 at 9:23 pm

Oh The Tigs are the best!! Im in AZ studying for the bar exam, and I might just wear my Tigers hat for a long time. I am so phuckin proud to be a Tigers fan.

Michael June 12, 2007 at 9:23 pm

Damn it! ESPN was carrying it?

Joey C. June 12, 2007 at 9:24 pm

WOOT!!!!!

I’m so happy!

Steve - Roch NY June 12, 2007 at 9:25 pm

Adam, Crying releases an anti depresent into your blood. You should be feeling good now

Ben in Denver June 12, 2007 at 9:26 pm

Michael – ESPN is STILL carrying it.

Reaperman June 12, 2007 at 9:28 pm

That should make old Jimmy smile.

cib June 12, 2007 at 9:28 pm

You can thank me for this. I work downtown and almost went to the game but I was tired from being at a concert last night so I decided to come home and watch on TV. It never woulda happened if I had been sitting right there! I’m crying too, Adam. This just rocks.

DH in DC June 12, 2007 at 9:29 pm

It’s always great to be a Tigers’ fan, but man, oh man, tonight was great. Congratulations Justin!!

tigerfan June 12, 2007 at 9:29 pm

what a thing of beauty verlander put on a clinic out there tonight and the indians lost to fla. tied for 1st baby

Kurt June 12, 2007 at 9:31 pm

Maggs’ hit to go to the world series was great, but oh my god, the emotion of a no hitter blew by it.

Michael June 12, 2007 at 9:31 pm

@ Ben – Yeah, I got it on. Thanks. I was trying to stay away from here, didn’t want to jinx it, haha.

Ben in Denver June 12, 2007 at 9:33 pm

I didn’t want to say anything before, but ESPN News was highlighting the interleague matchups, such as Atlanta/Minn, and they showed the Twins’ WS Gm 7 win celebration. The most prominent celebrator? Jack Morris. I took it as a sign.

Michael June 12, 2007 at 9:35 pm

Does anyone know who will be starting for us Friday and Saturday against the Phillies? I’m going to both those games.

Ben in Denver June 12, 2007 at 9:36 pm

I’m flying in for those games in Philly too. I was excited before, sure, but now even more so.

Chris in Nashville June 12, 2007 at 9:36 pm

WOW!!!!!!! Justin deserved that…he was unhittable..literally and figurativley tonight…he is that good and is the real deal…GREAT win tonight all around….best team in baseball

Jerry June 12, 2007 at 9:37 pm

I too was overcome with emotion. I tear up at big sporting events that are wrought with emotion. Great stuff to see. I would LOVE to play for Jim Leyland if I was a ballplayer.

Michael June 12, 2007 at 9:40 pm

Yeah, my family lives out there but I go to school in Pittsburgh so I’m driving back. Anyone know? I think I’m just going to miss Verlander…. damn it.

Reaperman June 12, 2007 at 9:41 pm

I’ll be flying in to see the boys on the 4th against the indians. If I worked it out right it’ll be Mr. No-No pitching. I’ll be there for the game on the 5th as well.

Neel June 12, 2007 at 9:41 pm

Great game! First Tigers no-hitter since Billy Chapel against the Yankees in 1999!

billfer June 12, 2007 at 9:42 pm

I’m at a loss for words right now. I’m sick, and planned on going to bed early tonight and skipping the end of the game. So much for that. I still have chills, or maybe it’s a fever.

Kevin in Austin June 12, 2007 at 9:45 pm

Drew Sharp is on ESPN right now, it sounds like he’s still shaken up. What a great event to be a part of.

Steve - Roch NY June 12, 2007 at 9:46 pm

Billfer my good man………….. its Verlander Fever

Scott June 12, 2007 at 9:53 pm

i’m at a loss for words. seriously, even after the alcs win i wasn’t this emotional. if there was one pitcher on the staff i would want to throw a no-no, it would be justin. amazing.

Dead Rabbit June 12, 2007 at 9:53 pm

My bro was 7 rows from home plate tonight.

TC Chris June 12, 2007 at 9:54 pm

I loved seeing Kenny Rogers standing next to Andrew Miller during the 9th. Gather that wisdom, young Andrew.

And that whole no-hitter thing was kind of cool. I’m happy that I was able to see some of it on ESPN. Wish I’d been at the park. I hope we can get some comments about the atmosphere at Comerica from people who were there. Those pitches were absolutely nasty. The brewers didn’t have a chance.

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 9:55 pm

Velander fever. Maybe it’s catching!!!

Dead Rabbit June 12, 2007 at 9:55 pm

There is no magic this year….

Scott June 12, 2007 at 9:57 pm

i’m at a loss for words right now. even after the alcs i wasn’t this emotional. if there was one pitcher on the staff i could choose to throw a no-no, it would be justin. truly amazing.

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 9:58 pm

It was the gulls. They brought it back.

Kathy June 12, 2007 at 10:01 pm

The defense behind him was fabulous. Please, no more hating on Neifi and Maggs lousy fielding. They were just great!!!

Chris in Nashville June 12, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Neel had the best line by far…..Billy Chappel!!!!!!!

Kevin in Austin June 12, 2007 at 10:05 pm

As you watch the highlights or game again later, watch Pudge hum the ball to 1B/3B after every K. Think he was stoked?

Stephen June 12, 2007 at 10:12 pm

If i said it once, i said it a thousand times, Neifi Perez is worth his weight in gold. Awesome game. Awesome play.

Anne June 12, 2007 at 10:23 pm

First no-hitter at Comerica and I was there!!! After the top of the fifth I told my husband and son “look at Milwaukee’s line score”. My husband was thinking the same thing, but I had to point out to my son that they had no hits. The tension and excitement just kept building from there, every strike–not just strike out, but every single strike–had the crowd yelling and cheering. The ninth inning I didn’t see one person in his seat-everyone was on their feet screaming for the last out. That last out, by the way, almost made me wet my pants. From our seats in the RF grandstand it looked like it was coming right at us, with enough distance. I couldn’t see Maggs get into position to make the catch and only knew it was an out when the crowd went crazy.

And speaking of Maggs, wow that sliding catch in the 7th saved the no-hitter for Verlander. Plenty of chants of “MVP after that.

And Neifi “Secret Weapon” Perez. Wow, who knew? :)

Joey C. June 12, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Anne that must’ve been something. Thanks for filling us in on the ballpark experience. This is just too tremendous! I’m still hyped beyond belief!

Anne June 12, 2007 at 10:38 pm

AND Cleveland lost, we’re now tied in first place. Could this get any sweeter? I am so giddy in love with the Tigers right now I can’t think straight.

Anne's son June 12, 2007 at 10:43 pm

Not to take away from Justin,but Inge(my tiger) hit a homerun,a single ,and a walk!

Anne's son June 12, 2007 at 10:46 pm

And Anne said her husband was thinking the same thing that was me.

Ben in Denver June 12, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Anne – congrats for being there and thanks for the great story.

Billfer – feel better soon. I bet tonight will help with that.

ron June 13, 2007 at 12:26 am

I love this team; from Inge and Perez to Bonderman and no no Verlander and everyone in between. Man, what a great bunch of players!!

Kyle J June 13, 2007 at 12:31 am

Same story here, Anne. Happened to go to tonight’s game–only the second game I’ve been to at Comerica this year. After the top of the 5th, I turned to my wife and said, “Verlander’s half way to a no hitter.”

I told my six-year old son after the game, “You’ll be telling your grandchildren about this when you’re 70.” Not sure he processed that one.

And this while wearing a Justin Verlander name/number t-shirt my sons gave me as an early Father’s Day gift.

What a night.

Adam June 13, 2007 at 12:57 am

My favorite part of this was going to MLB.com after the seventh and reading the headline: “Justin case you hadn’t noticed, No No in progress.”

No, that’s a lie. I think I screamed my lungs out when Neifi made that play.

I really can’t dislike the guy anymore. He’s a Tiger.

ron June 13, 2007 at 1:11 am

To Anne’s son; you could not have picked a better player to be your Tiger.

Rob September 21, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Hah, I’m writing this right now because it is September 21, and I’m bummed about the Tigers… and wanted to get cheered up.

Mission Accomplished.

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