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Game 63: Brewers at Tigers

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

Posted by on June 12, 2007.

Categories: 2007 Season, Game Post

96 Responses

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

    by Walewander on Jun 12, 2007 at 7:59 pm

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

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:12 pm

  3. 8 Ks through 5. Still no hits.

    by Adam on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:12 pm

  4. Looking for Tigers Sheff Hats?

    Someone has them on EBAY for $15

    http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsa.....ooZ1QQrdZ0

    by Joseph on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:15 pm

  5. Tigers need some insurance runs!

    by Richie on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:16 pm

  6. Hey! Come on now, Adam.

    by Tater on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:17 pm

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

    Steve

    by Steve - Roch NY on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:27 pm

  8. Good eye Brandon.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:28 pm

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

    by Steve - Roch NY on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:29 pm

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

    by cib on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:34 pm

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

    by Walewander on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:37 pm

  12. 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.

    by Walewander on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:39 pm

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

    by Joey the K on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:42 pm

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

    by Adam on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:42 pm

  15. And Grandy’s triple. Can you believe it?

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:44 pm

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

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:48 pm

  17. 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…

    by Walewander on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:49 pm

  18. Anyone wanna hear a Tigers trade rumour I read today?

    by Walewander on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:50 pm

  19. Yes Walewander I do!

    Kathy that comment about Inge is hilarious.

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

    by Joey C. on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:53 pm

  20. Sure Walewander

    by Steve - Roch NY on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:54 pm

  21. What rumor?

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:56 pm

  22. Gullylullyland at the CoPa.

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:57 pm

  23. Joey, hey hows it going.

    Walewander Whats the deal?

    by Steve - Roch NY on Jun 12, 2007 at 8:58 pm

  24. Perez with the leather!!!!

    by Joey C. on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:02 pm

  25. NEIFI!!!! no way!!!!!!

    by Joey the K on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:02 pm

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

    by Ben in Denver on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:03 pm

  27. Hey Steve! How’s it going.

    by Joey C. on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:03 pm

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

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:06 pm

  29. 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.

    by Walewander on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:06 pm

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

    by Adam on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:11 pm

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

    by Ben in Denver on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:11 pm

  32. ESPN is carrying it live.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:12 pm

  33. ESPN.

    by Ben in Denver on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:13 pm

  34. That curve was flat out sick.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:13 pm

  35. Goodness gracious. Flat out nasty.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:14 pm

  36. strike one

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm

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

    by Kevin in Austin on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm

  38. Breathe.

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:16 pm

  39. Wow!

    by PHT in HK on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:17 pm

  40. Big Jim is crying and so am I.

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:18 pm

  41. W O W

    by Steve - Roch NY on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:18 pm

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

    by Michael on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:19 pm

  43. HE DID IT!!!!

    by Walewander on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

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

    Incredible.

    by Jojo SunDevil on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

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

    by Tim in TX on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

  46. No word from Billfer Was he AT the game?

    by Steve - Roch NY on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

  47. go justin. it’s your birfday.

    by fritz on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:20 pm

  48. ————–standing ovation—————

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

    by Ben in Denver on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:21 pm

  49. HOLY SH**!!!!!

    by Chris Y. on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:22 pm

  50. 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

    by Steve - Roch NY on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:23 pm

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

    by Adam on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:23 pm

  52. 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.

    by Jojo SunDevil on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:23 pm

  53. Damn it! ESPN was carrying it?

    by Michael on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:23 pm

  54. WOOT!!!!!

    I’m so happy!

    by Joey C. on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:24 pm

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

    by Steve - Roch NY on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:25 pm

  56. Michael – ESPN is STILL carrying it.

    by Ben in Denver on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:26 pm

  57. That should make old Jimmy smile.

    by Reaperman on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:28 pm

  58. 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.

    by cib on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:28 pm

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

    by DH in DC on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:29 pm

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

    by tigerfan on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:29 pm

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

    by Kurt on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:31 pm

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

    by Michael on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:31 pm

  63. 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.

    by Ben in Denver on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:33 pm

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

    by Michael on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:35 pm

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

    by Ben in Denver on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:36 pm

  66. 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

    by Chris in Nashville on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:36 pm

  67. 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.

    by Jerry on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:37 pm

  68. 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.

    by Michael on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:40 pm

  69. 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.

    by Reaperman on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:41 pm

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

    by Neel on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:41 pm

  71. 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.

    by billfer on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:42 pm

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

    by Kevin in Austin on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:45 pm

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

    by Steve - Roch NY on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:46 pm

  74. 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.

    by Scott on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:53 pm

  75. My bro was 7 rows from home plate tonight.

    by Dead Rabbit on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:53 pm

  76. 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.

    by TC Chris on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:54 pm

  77. Velander fever. Maybe it’s catching!!!

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:55 pm

  78. There is no magic this year….

    by Dead Rabbit on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:55 pm

  79. 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.

    by Scott on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:57 pm

  80. It was the gulls. They brought it back.

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:58 pm

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

    by Kathy on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:01 pm

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

    by Chris in Nashville on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:02 pm

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

    by Kevin in Austin on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:05 pm

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

    by Stephen on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:12 pm

  85. 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? :)

    by Anne on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:23 pm

  86. 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!

    by Joey C. on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:29 pm

  87. 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.

    by Anne on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:38 pm

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

    by Anne's son on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:43 pm

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

    by Anne's son on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:46 pm

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

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

    by Ben in Denver on Jun 12, 2007 at 11:09 pm

  91. 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!!

    by ron on Jun 13, 2007 at 12:26 am

  92. 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.

    by Kyle J on Jun 13, 2007 at 12:31 am

  93. 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.

    by Adam on Jun 13, 2007 at 12:57 am

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

    by ron on Jun 13, 2007 at 1:11 am

  95. six second abs…

    Hi. Very nice blog. I\’ve been reading your other entries all day long..lol….

    by six second abs on Jun 29, 2007 at 11:19 pm

  96. 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.

    by Rob on Sep 21, 2007 at 4:40 pm

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