Game 97: Tigers at White Sox

PREGAME: The Tigers head to Chicago for a 5, yes 5 game series. The extra game is the result of a rain out that oddly didn’t produce any rain. Hmmm. Now the White Sox find themselves with a 3 game losing streak and tied for 4th or last place (depending on your point of view) in the division.

In any case, tonight it is a battle of left handers. One who is just beginning his career, and one just got a big payday.

Andrew Miller takes the bump for the Tigers. Pitch efficiency will be an objective tonight with Miller racking up pitch counts in the high 90’s through just 5 innings in 3 of his last 4 starts.

On the other side will be Mark Buerhle. He can be that model of efficiency for Miller. In 6 of his last 7 starts Buerhle went at least 7 innings and completed 8 innings in 3 of them. His last time out he allowed 10 hits to the Indians, but limited the damage to just 1 run. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in a game since June 5th.

Mike Hessman jumps right into the lineup and will bat 8th. Curtis Granderson gets a rare start against a tough left hander and will be in his familiar spot on top the order. The rest of the usual suspects are in the lineup.

Game Time 8:11

DET @ CHW, Monday, July 23, 2007 Game Preview –

POSTGAME: This game had some of everything, in fact too much of somethings. Those 5th and 6th innings were excruciating to say the least. Andrew Miller once again racked up a huge pitch count early on and relied on his bullpen to get 12 outs. With the 7 K’s you can see good he can be, and with the 5 walks and back to back pitches to the backstop you can see he still has some work to do.

Jason Grilli turned in an awful inning with 2 walks and a 2 strike HBP to score the go ahead run. And then he comes out in the 7th and gets the first 1-2-3 inning of the night for the Tigers.

McBride, Seay, and Miner kept the game in check until they handed the ball to Todd Jones. Jones turned in a 1-2-3 inning, as if we’d expect anything else. Right?

  • Reaching bases all 5 times makes for a nice boost to the OBP. A homer and a double make for a nice boost to the slugging percentage. And with the bulk of the damage coming off of a left hander, Curtis Granderson was easily player of the game.
  • It’s not often teams knock around Buehrle like the Tigers did tonight, so it was important to come out on top.
  • The Tigers offense was exactly explosive tonight, but they put the ball in play and it really seemed to work out. The Tigers blooped and snorted their way to 9 runs.
  • Of course the White Sox had some luck as 2 choppers turned into hits in the 4th and another roller was to slow to turn a double play on.
  • Here’s hoping Bonderman can put up 7 or 8 innings in the matinee tomorrow to keep the pen from being too taxed on a doubleheader.


  1. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Yikes. The White Sox hitting line-up is scary enough at times, but Bilfer got me downright terrified with his description of the pitching match-up tonight. πŸ˜›

  2. Eric Jackson

    July 23, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    Cleveland down by 5 in the 3rd inning, so possible chance to go up another game again.

  3. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    bye bye timo

  4. Dirk

    July 23, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Greetings from Germany.

    Unfortunately today I can’t follow the whole Game (Gamestart here is 2.11 a.m and will end at appox

    Hopefully the Tigers will conquer Windy City and Buehrle not having his best stuff today πŸ˜‰ (a pity the Matchup of the 2 No-No Pitcher isn’t possible)

    btw: Its great to see Jon Lester back in the majors. I am happy about everyone who wins (hopefully) the battle against cancer. . Would be great if he can get the win with a good game. Every positive occasion is important for cancer patients. Good luck, Jon.

    Hey, Grandy with HR. Maybe sleep has to wait a little bit πŸ˜€

  5. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Well, THAT made me feel a bit better. Thanks Curtis!

  6. T Smith

    July 23, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    I know it’s been mentioned before, but I think it’s time to STOP platooning Curtis Granderson. Please. He’s an everyday man, and obviously can hit left-handed pitchers.

  7. Kevin in Austin

    July 23, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Hawk Harrelson: “First pitch to Granderson. It is hit high, and hard. And deep.”

    I love

  8. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    yeah grandy!

  9. Sam

    July 23, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Anybody else think Timo may have gotten a little bit too short of a look. His numbers in Toledo were Awesome, is 8 ABs really enough to judge??

    Plus why wouldn’t they send him down tommorrow and call up Vasquez to pitch, then call up Hessman after Vasquez pitches??

    Is something else up?? Is there a trade in the works??


  10. Mike R

    July 23, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Why is Vasquez getting called up? What’d I miss?

    Also, Perez got sent back down because Monroe, Granderson, Magglio, Raburn are fine for the OF and Jim loves his RH hitting 1B to platoon/backup Casey.

    And from rumors I’ve seen, Lidge is becoming less and less available via trade. Qualls and Wheeler are apparently more likely to get dealt from Houston’s bullpen corps.

    I’d, personally, like to get Chad Cordero. He’s arbitration eligible so he’s technically under control through 09. Jim Bowden’s a pain to deal with and they just resigned Ronnie Belliard who they were apparently shopping, so who knows if/when Cordero would get dealt.

    I still think that Dotel is the most likely option with the two Houston relievers mentioned earlier also possible. Solomon Torres or maybe Shawn Chacon is possible, too.

  11. Jeff

    July 23, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Timo’s numbers in Toledo were good, not awesome (.855 OPS). Raburn and Hessman were both over .900.

  12. Sam

    July 23, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Vasquez is more than likely being called up to start one end of the DH tommorrow. His start was skipped Sunday at Toledo.


  13. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    Heh, them long legs came in handy there!

  14. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    LOB…I hate LOB…

  15. Kathy

    July 23, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Sam, Timo may be good in the minors but he needs alot more time practicing his throws from the OF. Both Dan Dickerson and Jim Price said his throws were some of the worst they have ever seen, even embarrassing.

  16. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks, neighbor!

  17. Stephen

    July 23, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    Sam: Timo’s 1500 at-bat plus major league career as a poor fielding outfielder with no power and no oba to speak of was his tryout. We’re lucky he only got 8 ab’s.

  18. Jeff M

    July 23, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Just tuning in…. so much for Miller being efficient.

    What’s the history on “pitching efficiency”? Is that something that can be learned in the MLB or is it a symptom of his subpar third pitch that should be worked out in the minors?

  19. Jeff M

    July 23, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Dang, Miller’s getting squeezed. Gameday shows that four of the last 6 “balls” hit the corners.

    Has it been a small zone all game?

  20. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    So, that’s one literally throws away the game….

  21. Kurt

    July 23, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    holy crap those last two pitches looked like a celebrity throwing out the first pitch of the game

  22. Kathy

    July 23, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Wild child!

  23. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Wow, that got real ugly, real fast.

  24. Kathy

    July 23, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    What about Miller as a closer or set up man?

  25. ron

    July 23, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Miller time/ more like cc&7 now.

  26. Nate

    July 23, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Hope he didn’t hurt himself. Those last two pitches didn’t look healthy…

  27. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Erg, that should have read “that’s HOW one…”

  28. Kathy

    July 23, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    I keep waiting for Stephen to say “I told you so”.

  29. ron

    July 23, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    If that wasn’t ball four the runner would not have scored again. I like Miller’s action off the backstop.

  30. Kurt

    July 23, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    I’m pretty sure Miller has a bruised ego after that, Nate.

  31. Stephen

    July 23, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    Gosh, The talk that Miller should go back to the minors and work on a 3rd pitch is getting sooo tired. (Almost as tired as me lobbying for bullpen trade).

    Tonight, he got squeezed and pitched crummy. His ERA is 3.67. That is still beyond excellent for a fifth starter. (Which no matter his eventual role on this team, his great promise, and his bonus is what he is being asked to be on this team).

    Things that are not going to change no matter how much we complain:
    We are going to start a man with no power at first base.
    Garry Sheffield is gonna hit great, say infuriating things, and eventually wear out his welcome in Detroit.
    Brandon Inge is never gonna hit .280

  32. ron

    July 23, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Don’t worry; our bullpen is coming to the rescue.

  33. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Oh. Grilli. Great….

  34. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Well, there is a base open…third base…

  35. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    I’ll say this for Grilli….he meets expectations. If only that were a good thing… hm, nice touch to finish off the inning, managing to almost miss a really tall guy at first on a casual toss

  36. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    why, WHY doesnt he throw anything but a fastball?

    Somone tell him he’s NOT Zumaya.

  37. ron

    July 23, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Wow. The last two innings remind me of my grandkids playing ball.

  38. billfer

    July 23, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    You beat the crap out of Buehrle and are still losing? This could be a long day tomorrow, here’s hoping Bondo can save the pen.

    Here’s a thought, do you suppose that Hessman was brought up with the intention of being optioned down after the first game to make room for Vasquez? And then the new back up first baseman will be Shelton? Someone will need to get sent down and stay there for 10 days, and I don’t think they want to part with any of the staff for that long.

  39. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Cmo should be pissed. So should Casey.

  40. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    I am.

  41. Nate

    July 23, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    Hawk just called Hessman’s hit a “duckfart”. Yes, not “snort” but “fart.”

  42. billfer

    July 23, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Pudge was safe, and the pitcher is on his way back to the minors for missing Inge. That was intentional.

  43. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:43 pm


  44. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    Nice one Pudge.

    Hawk and DJ are so freaking unbelieveable. They’ve been bitching about us being “lucky” all night.

  45. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Looked out to me.

    But i agree, intentional.

    Inge shoulda taken the hit, then bases loaded for Grandy

  46. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Intentional? In a close game like this? It did look like he buzzed it right at him.

  47. billfer

    July 23, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    I take it back. Pudge was out. And as for luck, look at 2 of the hits in that 5th inning for the White Sox. Lots of dinkin for both teams.

  48. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    10 of our hits look like bloop(ish) singles to me. Then 11 if you count the inge bloop double too….

    But yeah, the only one who really seemed to hit the ball hard for basehits is Grandy.

  49. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    That was my point. God, I hate listening to these clowns.

  50. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    Grilli musta read this between inings. That was a nice slider.

  51. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Wow. Imagine that. Somthing other than a fastball. Three sliders to Konerko and he struck him out.

  52. billfer

    July 23, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Who had Jason Grilli in the pool for “first 1-2-3 inning”

  53. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    ha ha

  54. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    But can we KEEP the lead…?

  55. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    Well, they finally got one of us.

  56. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Ah..what’s Virgil gonna do tommorw?

  57. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Come on Ozzie, stick with someone.

  58. Cameron in Singapore

    July 23, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Let’s hold on and win this game…

  59. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Nice to see another teams losing on their bullpen, sure beats earlier in our season when the show was on the other foot…

  60. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    The Sox pen is much worse than ours. And I know how scary that sounds.

    How did Maggs get Polly in? I had a dog-related issue…

  61. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:09 pm


  62. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    Hit hard? To LF or RF?

  63. billfer

    July 23, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Fisted to right center.

  64. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    right center..not hard

  65. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    bilfer beat me to seconds

  66. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks guys. Looks like its almost time to ride the rollercoaster.

    Is there a doubleheader in this series?

  67. charlie

    July 23, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    hawk and his buddy are just about the worst i have listened to this year except the nationals crew…wonder if there is a correclation between crappy teams and crappier announcers.

  68. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Well to be fair, most pale in comparison to Rod and Mario

  69. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    I love how Pudge calls himself safe all the time…who needs umps?

  70. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    I predicted to my father that if grandy got a triple it’d be a bases clearing one..just sayin…ya know

  71. Jeff M

    July 23, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    We’ve been blessed here… I still miss Josh and Gibby.

  72. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:25 pm


  73. Cameron in Singapore

    July 23, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Rollercoaster time!

  74. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Arod 100 rbi’s in 99 games. Wow.

  75. Nate

    July 23, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    I don’t think crappy teams = crappy announcers. Hawk and DJ were the announcers when the White Sox won the world series, and they weren’t any better then. The sad thing is, I think I would rank them 3rd in the AL central. For TV announcers, I’d go (1) Detroit; (2) Cleveland; (3) Chicago; (4) Minnesota; (5) KC.

  76. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Smoke em if you got em…

  77. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    I just don’t want Jones to get smoked

  78. T Smith

    July 23, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Who had Jones in the pool for a 1-2-3 inning?

  79. T Smith

    July 23, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Anybody? Anybody? (And if so, what were the odds on that?)

  80. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    What a boring ride tonight! πŸ˜›

  81. JML

    July 23, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    The same guy who had Grilli for a 1-2-3…surely a member of The Optimists

  82. Kathy

    July 23, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Kinda dysfunctional, but we’ll take it.

  83. Walewander

    July 23, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Winning ugly!

  84. ron

    July 23, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Let’s hear from the infamous triumverate on how our bullpen sucks. We don’t need no stinkin’ trades.

  85. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    Trade Maybin!!

  86. billfer

    July 23, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Let’s hear from the infamous triumverate on how our bullpen sucks.

    No need for that. The bullpen did walk the bases loaded and plunked in a run. They weren’t really perfect. That said I’m much less concerned than I was before

  87. Cameron in Singapore

    July 23, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Wow, Grilli sure did a great job to earn that W tonight, huh?

  88. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    “as if we’d expect anything else”

    cute bilfer, real cute lol

  89. Kyle J

    July 23, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    If Hessman was only up for this game, I’m glad he got a chance to contribute a key hit to a win. 12 years in the minors; 250 HRs; a real-life Crash Davis.

    Nice to see Granderson with a big game against a left-hander. He’s too good to be a platoon player.

    Infamous Triumverate would be an excellent name for a rock band.

  90. T Smith

    July 23, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Kinda disappointed Grandy got robbed a shot at the cycle. But he did score that necessary cushion for RJ (Rollercoster Jones), so guess he took it for the team.

    Sixth inning: Sox score the go-ahead run on BP without the benefit of a base hit. Fortunately, the offensive makes the point mute.

    Leyland actually pinch hit for Monroe in the middle of a rally! I was so ecstatic it cancelled out the ensuing aggrevation when Casey popped up.

    Hessman had a great season debut, including an exceptional pick on a errant throw from Guillen (that likely would have scored a run). I still think he’s possibly on the block.

    Why is Vasquez pitching tomorrow? What’s the story there?

  91. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    double header, 5 games in 4 days and no off days for a bit…just saving the starters

  92. Jim

    July 23, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    I liked the first cut on the Jones joke better Bilfer ha

  93. T Smith

    July 23, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    Oh, and on a final note: I recommend muting the TV and putting on Beethoven’s 9th symphony when Dumb and Dumber are in the box calling the game.

  94. T Smith

    July 24, 2007 at 12:01 am


    You must have been chasing your grandkids around the house during the sixth inning…

    But, alas, I’ll relent, just for one night. Additionally, I will be the first to praise the pen when credit is due.

  95. ron

    July 24, 2007 at 12:53 am

    There’s nothing wrong with infamous triumverate. Somebody’s gotta run the show! Who is gonna look up all the stats?? Anyways, GO TIGERS!!

  96. Keith G.

    July 24, 2007 at 2:14 am

    The biggest injustice was Grilli getting the win tonight. His sixth inning was nothing short of pathetic and yet he gets the win. I’d throw a parade down Woodward tomorow that would rival the Thanksgiving Day parade if Grilli got his unconditional release. Floats of Grilli holding a huge gascan and a match. He sooooo needs to be in a D-Rays uni or something equally unglamorous. He infuriates me nearly every time he takes the ball. Mr. Dombrowski……please give JG his walking papers! In fact, if I was managing the Tigers tonight I think that I’d be all over the headlines after chasing Grilli around the dugout with a baseball bat. Damn, I hate that guy.

  97. Jason

    July 24, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Tell us how you really feel.