PREGAME: For those anxious to see the Tigers new defensive alignment, you’ll have to wait. Gary Sheffield and Placido Polanco miss tonight’s game so Miguel Cabrera DH’s and Carlos Guillen plays first. Here’s your lineup:
- Granderson CF
- Rodriguez C
- Guillen 1B
- Ordonez RF
- Cabrera DH
- Jones LF
- Renteria SS
- Inge 3B
- Santiago 2B
That line up will be taking on Luis Mendoza. In his last start Mendoza allowed 5 hits and 3 walks and 7 runs in 3 innings. In his two starts so far this year he has twice as many walks as strike outs.
He’ll be opposed by Kenny Rogers. Rogers nearly picked up quality start against the Blue Jays on Friday night but was hurt by 4 walks. For the season he has 12 walks and only 9 K’s over 4 starts.
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Game Time 7:05
POSTGAME: That was a nice offensive performance. Granted, the Rangers pitchers weren’t putting up much resistance (unless you count the 10 walks and 2 HBPs as resistance). But this one started off pretty ugly.
Kenny Rogers was doing a nice job of getting into two strike counts early on. And it wasn’t nibbling that was killing him. It was infield singers and choppers that made their way through that kept Kenny pitching from the stretch. Plus, his defense didn’t exactly help him.
The first run came when Carlos Guillen dropped a pick off throw. The second run came when Pudge Rodriguez ole’d a catchable pitch resulting in the runner from 3rd scoring. Twice Rogers had would be double play balls bobbled by his middle infielders (one each for Santiago and Renteria).
Bad luck turned to bad pitching as Rogers walked 3 in the 4th including the go ahead run. Fortunately Clay Rapada got out of a bases loaded situation and combined with Aquilino Lopez and Jason Grilli to go 5.2 innings of scoreless relief.
And the offense, just check out the box score. There’s too much to recap. But do note the stolen base by Carlos Guillen who didn’t appear hobbled for the first time in awhile