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Game 85: Red Sox at Tigers

PREGAME: The Tigers look to extend their winning streak to 4 games tonight and they’ll send Jeremy Bonderman to the mound to do it.

Bonderman is coming off the stellar 8 inning shut out performance from Sunday night. He hasn’t faced Boston this year, but he did out duel Curt Schilling last year in Boston. It was a great win, but also the game that cost the Tigers Placido Polanco.

Kason Gabbard will be making his 3rd start of the season. He has struck out more than a batter an inning in that sting, but he has also walked 10 in his last 2 starts.

BOS @ DET, Saturday, July 7, 2007 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

Game Time 7:05pm

POSTGAME Didn’t it have to be number 7 Pudge Rodriguez with the walk off double on 7/7/07? Just a tremendous game tonight, and unlike the extra innings Cleveland game the good guys won.

Posted by on July 7, 2007.

Categories: 2007 Season, Game Post

87 Responses

  1. I see Monroe is back in the lineup and Casey is sitting. Thames over Monroe is a no-brainer and in this case Leyland has chosen to bench Casey over Monroe.

    Mistake IMHO.

    by Eric Jackson on Jul 7, 2007 at 6:59 pm

  2. I also cannot believe we are watching the NYY vs LAA over the Detroit game.

    by Eric Jackson on Jul 7, 2007 at 7:04 pm

  3. Eric,
    This Gabbard thing seems to be a lefty; that’s why you are seeing Thames/Monroe instead of Casey (depending on whether Thames is a regular now).

    by Ryan on Jul 7, 2007 at 7:12 pm

  4. In some ways, that 1st inning was vintage Bonderman: struck out the side and only gave up 2 runs doing it.

    C’mon Angels, score some runs and get those Yankees off my TV.

    by Anne on Jul 7, 2007 at 7:23 pm

  5. A couple of good knocks. We’ll get those runs back off of Gabby.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 7, 2007 at 7:42 pm

  6. Boy, Monroe took a 3rd strike that looked like it came from a pitching machine.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 7, 2007 at 7:52 pm

  7. casey is hitting .316 off lefties so that arguement won’t hold…monroe keeps playig until he gets better is my guess.

    by charlie on Jul 7, 2007 at 7:53 pm

  8. Apparently the Yankees made 5 errors in that game, including 2 on one play in the 13th. Kind of puts things in perspective, eh? I love me my Tigers.

    by Anne on Jul 7, 2007 at 8:08 pm

  9. Let’s hope that’s it for Monroe.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 7, 2007 at 8:27 pm

  10. How good did that have to feel to C-Mo? That was big right there…they needed those runs

    by Chris in Nashville on Jul 7, 2007 at 8:27 pm

  11. Aliens abduct Monroe and his duplicate drives in two runs, with two outs.

    Amazing

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 8:28 pm

  12. Whatever it takes, T. :)
    I really hope that’s the start of a big second half for Monroe. Even a moderately OK second half.

    by Anne on Jul 7, 2007 at 8:30 pm

  13. To use a Leyland-ism, I’m tickled to death for Monroe on that double. He needed it, the team needed it.

    I know Monroe has been awful this year, but he is capable of producing something.

    by billfer on Jul 7, 2007 at 8:34 pm

  14. Fantastic play at 1B Thames. I’m gonna call a game winner from him.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 7, 2007 at 8:52 pm

  15. ALERT! Rod Allen has predicted a hit-and-run!

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:01 pm

  16. What’s going on with Polly?

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:09 pm

  17. Big stuff from Bondo right there. He got through Ramirez and Drew with 2 on and 1 out. Hope Polly is ok.

    by Chris in Nashville on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:20 pm

  18. Bonderman has pitched a great game with less than stellar defense tonight.

    by boombotti on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:20 pm

  19. I’m going on record right now; putting Jones out there in a tie game in the ninth: insane

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:31 pm

  20. Mario said Polly is “day-to-day” and that his affliction is “not serious”

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:36 pm

  21. Personally I think closers are underused in tie games. That’s a higher-leverage situation than a game where you’re up by 3. The real issue with Jones is that you don’t want him out there for a second inning. So let’s hope for a walk-off 9th.

    by Jeff on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:38 pm

  22. Okay, I stand corrected. But the point remains, now what do you do save for a walk off bottom of the ninth? Put Jones out there again in the 10th? I don’t know the exact stats, but I would bet the farm that when Jones pitches two innings it isn’t pretty.

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:39 pm

  23. With what mario and rod were talking about rookie of the year, I think they shoud limit that to a certain years of age.

    by boombotti on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:43 pm

  24. For Jones, opponents bat .262 when his pitch count is below 25, .556 when it is above 25 pitches. But he used only 9 in the 9th inning.

    by Eric Jackson on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:50 pm

  25. Jones in there for two innings:

    Somebody flip a coin

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:52 pm

  26. is anyone up in the bullpen?

    by rene on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:52 pm

  27. I agree, sending Jones out for the 10th is insane. He hasn’t gone more than 1 inning very often this year and last year his record in such outings was horrendous. Anybody warming up?

    by PHT in HK on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:53 pm

  28. Whew. Now let’s finish it. And, if it comes to it, no Jonesy in the 11th . . .

    by Jeff on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:56 pm

  29. Double Play! Double Play!!!

    by rene on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:57 pm

  30. Ok, who was fearing the worst there? I love this game!

    by boombotti on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:57 pm

  31. Two big heroes of the night…..Todd Jones and Craig Monroe.

    by Chris in Nashville on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:58 pm

  32. Chris, a bigger hero, M Thames I hope.

    by rene in Oki on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:01 pm

  33. Bunt CMo.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:06 pm

  34. Thames comes through! All we needed was a hit there, no need to win it on one swing.

    And I had to look away when Jones came out for the 10th.

    by Anne on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:07 pm

  35. Outstanding. PH Casey for Granderson?

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:08 pm

  36. OK Grandy, make’em pay for that.

    by Anne on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:09 pm

  37. Walk off grand slam (or at least sacrfice fly)!

    by PHT in HK on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:10 pm

  38. I would so love to stick it to Okajima here. Not that I’m bitter about that whole All-Star thing.

    by Anne on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:10 pm

  39. At least Granderson took the 3-1 pitch.

    by PHT in HK on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:14 pm

  40. Man…..needed to score there….what a game this turned out to be…I’ve literally been on the edge of my seat for an hour now.

    by Chris in Nashville on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:16 pm

  41. btw, T Smith, you owe us a farm

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:25 pm

  42. Is Papelbon hurt or something? Why would Timlin pitch against the heart of our order instead?

    by Ben on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:33 pm

  43. probably because they will need a closer if they ever score another run (this being an away game for boston and all), and they don’t know how long this crazy game will go

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:37 pm

  44. Raburn?

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:45 pm

  45. unfortunately, the red sox learned from Tavarez’s mistake of pitching to Thames yesterday

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:45 pm

  46. Holy schlamoley, what in the heck do we have to do to score a lousy run?

    by Anne on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:46 pm

  47. Will McClendon PLEASE tell Monroe to wait for his pitch? One pitch, out.

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:49 pm

  48. Now the loss of Neifi is really starting to hurt us…

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:50 pm

  49. The Tigers must lead the league in “Men Stranded on 3rd Base”. Unbelievable.

    by Cameron in Singapore on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:52 pm

  50. Yes, if Neifi was here, I’m sure we would have won already.

    by Stephen on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:55 pm

  51. Boy, we are really pressing our luck with Manny…but I guess you gotta play the odds. Though I’d rather have seen Byrdak/Seay v. Ortiz.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:56 pm

  52. Well, Neifi is indeed a special player

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:56 pm

  53. I believe Byrdak is currently on the DL, isn’t he?

    by Anne on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:58 pm

  54. Yes, he is

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:58 pm

  55. I wouldnt mind seeing this one go for a while tonight. Why not? The pen can rest up over the allstar break, and I got nothing to do for the rest of the night… lets play 18!

    by Jason on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:01 pm

  56. Sunday afternoon here, I need to go to lunch.

    by rene in Oki on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:02 pm

  57. Seay you later, Youkilus! Hey, did you Seay what I just did there? Oh, man.

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:02 pm

  58. We need a walk off right now… I’m not sure how much longer the pen can hold these guys

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:05 pm

  59. Inge will pitch the 21st inning. You heard me call it.

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:10 pm

  60. Are we sure this is the team leading the league in runs scored?

    I guess let’s go another inning

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:12 pm

  61. GRILLI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:12 pm

  62. Dave, wanna bet a farm on it?

    by Jason on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:17 pm

  63. I can’t believe I’m saying this: Grilli actually looked good tonight.

    Is everybody really that tired?

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:19 pm

  64. Rod: “good move by Terry Francona”, as if he had absolutely any choice other than to bring in Papelbon

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:20 pm

  65. sheffield stealing could turn out to be huge.

    by Jason on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:31 pm

  66. Wow, great win.

    by Jeff on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:33 pm

  67. Nice

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:33 pm

  68. PUDGE!!!!!!! Big win there

    by Chris in Nashville on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:34 pm

  69. Huge win, the last two games have been big. The bullpen has really pulled it together. I hope this is just a preview of the second half.

    by Eric Jackson on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:35 pm

  70. Intense.

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:36 pm

  71. One thing’s for sure. No one can say the bullpen came up short here. Outstanding.

    by T Smith on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:37 pm

  72. Grilli looked really good in his inning, better than normal. I hope he can sustain that and give Leyland some confidence in using him, as I think it was waning.

    by boombotti on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:38 pm

  73. Bye the way, that was one of the most exciting games of the year, given the oppenent, home crowd, and extra innings.

    by boombotti on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:40 pm

  74. Wow…great win!

    by Cameron in Singapore on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:45 pm

  75. Two heavyweights duking it out. Fantastic!

    by ron on Jul 8, 2007 at 12:08 am

  76. Just got back and it was a hell of alotta fun. THe second best game I’ve been to this year only behind the No-no.

    Where’s Stephen with some negativity about tonight? Oh, and trade Maybin!

    by Jim on Jul 8, 2007 at 12:56 am

  77. I just got back from the game. What a tremendous experience. It more than made up for what they put me through on the last game of last season. :-)

    by JML on Jul 8, 2007 at 1:36 am

  78. Hah was at the game just got back, Billfer your 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th point was what I kept saying durring the game.

    by David on Jul 8, 2007 at 2:12 am

  79. Just got back. Well, I was hoping the Tigers wouldn’t disappoint me with a loss but it was sure tough and go. It’s one of those games I hate to watch because it was so stressful, but I still had confidence the tigers would win it. Good to see Monroe hit those 2 runs in and the bullpen did a nice job. By the end I was just plain exhaustive and so were the players but they hung in there and have got 2 out of 3 at least fromthe Boston Red Sox. The weeather was gorgeous and the crowd huge. I gotta go to bed……..exhausted.

    by Kathy on Jul 8, 2007 at 2:12 am

  80. Looked like Coco took the wrong angle on Pudge’s ball. Too bad!

    by ron on Jul 8, 2007 at 2:18 am

  81. Oh, and you’ll never guess who I met and spoke with for minute…..Rod Allen. I had just bought a bratwurst w onion, catsup, mustard, etc., really messy and out comes Rod. So I just have to say “hi Rod”. He stopped and shook my hand and asked my name. Unfortunately, my mouth was so full of the hotdog, I could hardly speak. Kind of embarassing, but I did get a couple pitcutes o him.

    by Kathy on Jul 8, 2007 at 2:23 am

  82. I’ve never seen that many tosses to 1st base as Sheff drew in the 13th inning.I loved it when he crossed homeplate and kicked the dirt toward the Red Sox dugout. Take that and bring on wonder boy on Sunday.

    by ron on Jul 8, 2007 at 6:02 am

  83. Sorry Jim that i wasn’t able to chime in with more of my rampant negativity about how Andrew MIller is pitching lights out and shouldn’t be sent back to Toledo. I was at a wedding.

    And I now agree on Maybin: we shouldn’t trade him. At least not while he’s injured.

    by Stephen on Jul 8, 2007 at 6:22 am

  84. Bullpen gets off the Snide.

    Grilli got the 1st win out of the bullpen since 5/5 (Mesa). The Bullpen had been 0-7 during that streak compared to the starters 32-17. Up to May 5, the relievers were 8-8 getting more decisions than the starters who were 10-3.

    -Sam

    by Sam on Jul 8, 2007 at 8:01 am

  85. Stephen, all in fun :)

    by Jim on Jul 8, 2007 at 5:28 pm

  86. Papelbon is still throwing to first every two minutes despite the game ending over a day ago

    by Dave Wagner on Jul 8, 2007 at 5:59 pm

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