Game 8: Tigers at Red Sox

PREGAME: Jeremy Bonderman gets the unenviable task of trying to hold the Boston Red Sox to negative runs. In his last start he pitched well until running out of gas around the 70 pitch mark. I’d expect that Bonderman will throw heavy doses of 2 seam fastballs trying to get some early contact and prolong his outing.

The Tigers will try and right their bats against lefty Jon Lester. Lester went 6.2 innings and allowed only 3 hits in his last start against Oakland.

Jason Beck notes that Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera did some extra hitting work while Carlos Guillen worked on taking throws with Rafael Belliard.

Also courtesy of Beck, here is the lineup:
1. Rodriguez, C
2. Polanco, 2B
3. Sheffield, DH
4. Ordonez, RF
5. Cabrera, 3B
6. Guillen, 1B
7. Renteria, SS
8. Thames, LF
9. Inge, CF

DET @ BOS, Wednesday, April 9, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

Game Time 7:05 (note, this is on FSN+ so here is your channel listing)

182 Comments

  1. Eric Cioe

    April 9, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I’m very glad to hear that these vets took BP and fielding practice. Something has got to change. Hopefully it shows up today.

  2. Shane Temporarily in Toledo

    April 9, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Hopefully Magglio took some fastballs in BP today, because he has been late on just about every one thrown his way.

    Regardless, the winning treak begins tonight!

  3. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    This “Pudge at the top of the lineup” thing has to stop. It makes absolutely no sense to give a guy who makes outs 70% of the time the most possible at bats.

  4. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    anyone know what channel fsn+ is for directtv in metro detroit

  5. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    channel 669 if anyone needs it

  6. Kevin in Austin

    April 9, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Holy Grilli’n crap, why put Pudge first? If he insists on moving Pudge up, bat him 2nd, so that he can advance a runner over when he bounces out to second.

    Does Leyland have a weekly segment on any of the Detroit radio stations? I’d love to hear him this week.

  7. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    OK, tonight Bonderman is my Tiger. He WILL stop the bleeding. And Pudge will draw at least 4 walks.

  8. Tbone

    April 9, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    This stinks – no 669 for me, looks like I’m relegated to radio and Gameday. I was looking forward to watching this, too. Boo, FSN+!

  9. Jason from Somewhere

    April 9, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Does anyone else out there feel silly watching this game after swearing to take a couple days off yesterday? And yet, I watch. Let’s go Tigers!

  10. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Of all the games for Bondo to NOT have a first inning meltdown, this would be the one.

  11. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Well alright… fair amount of pitches but not a bad first.

  12. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    OK first, this is my first season following on the blog but im a major fan and was a die hard (and still am!) during 2002 so backoff on bandwagon comments.

    bonderman is my boy, i got the jersey rockin tonight, and im super pumped to get a win here tonight

    LETS DO THIS

    GO

  13. T Smith

    April 9, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    That looked like a change-up to strike out Big Papi

    Strike out double play — something to build on?

  14. Brian

    April 9, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    cabrera hit the ball!

  15. Ben in Denver

    April 9, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, Joe, that’s some good spirit. Welcome.

  16. Dylan

    April 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    A hit for Cabrera!!!!

  17. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Guillen is battling. He’s swinging at terrible pitches, but hanging in there.

    Let’s turn a leadoff hit into some runs….

  18. albot

    April 9, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Lets get some good Long at bats tonight.

  19. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Guillen’s out was probably the hardest hit ball by any Tiger hitter all year. Goodness.

  20. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    thanks ben..

    as for tigers hitters, this is pretty basic, but they arent getting a lot of line drives at all, they gotta level out their swings. im seeing so many darn flyballs to the outfield that are becoming easy catchers, lets smack some lines into the alleys!! that first inning i was hopin for something and both sheff and maggs semi popped em up and didnt rope em. they’ll figure it out

  21. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    (not going to mention all the double play balls, SHHH)

  22. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    isn’t anyone gonna say anything about stranding mig at 2nd…

  23. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    lol awesome pitching to manny there

  24. Dylan

    April 9, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Casey is in the game!!

  25. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    figures casey would hit one up the middle on us

  26. Ben in Denver

    April 9, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Casey made it look so easy. That’s some extra salt in the wound.

  27. Ben in Denver

    April 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Oh NO!

  28. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    wow mlb.tv is on a major lag huh, i reload right when they announce him and i see the results

  29. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    OMG, unreal. Polly with another error on an easy DP ball. Incredible.

  30. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Well, it’s official with that Polanco error, the wheels have fallen off completely.

    All the kings horses and all the kings men, couldn’t put the Tigers back together again.

  31. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    seriously …. two error days in a row for pp…does he feal the need to make up for lost time

  32. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    i realize polanco had a good spring right? but is his back hurting him bad right now? something that also might linger for a while, not a good sign to start the season. the errors dont worry me as much as his batting, but overall he is not to par so far

  33. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    maybe bondermans first inning problems will become second inning problems :( comeon!

  34. greg

    April 9, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Ok, its moved from sad, to comical, I’m no longer upset because this is just hilarious!

  35. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Yeah, greg, I feel the same way. It’s impossible to get any more frustrated with this dead team.

  36. Deaner

    April 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Since I listen to the Tigers’ games over XM, I’m listening to the Red Sox broadcast.

    After Polanco’s error, they summed up a lot of the Tigers’ problems… Uncharacteristic Mental Lapses. Let’s just call it UMLs.

  37. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    OMG, did the Tigers just turn a double play? Woo-hoo!

  38. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    I think the umpire felt some pity for the Tigers on that double play because Pedroia looked safe.

  39. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Just like to point out that if that DP turn came 4 batters earlier, we’re batting in the 3rd inning of a 0-0 game.

    I know all of you know this, but I wanted to point it out for posterity’s sake.

    Time to get the bats going — again.

  40. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    OK Pudge, 1 down, 3 to go!

  41. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    its usually a good sign when pudge gets a walk

  42. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Wow. Pudge. A walk.

    Aided by a ridiculously inconsistent strike zone…

    … but it’s a walk.

  43. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    OK, a walk, an error, and a wild pitch. Sheesh, even the Red Sox are feeling sorry for us.

  44. Steve in OH

    April 9, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    How many runs have we walked in this year already? I know it’s at least 2 now.

  45. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    We can’t even make the simple plays. Eesh.

  46. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Would saying this is a comedy of errors be to obvious?

  47. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Remind me again why we let Casey go?

  48. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    anyone wish we still had casey at this point

  49. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    because casey is about 50. EDIT AND NO WHAT? he might be better defensively, give carlos some time, so far he has showed to be utter crap, but he should figure it out. and offensively ill take carlos over casey at this stage of their careers

  50. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Except for Sean Casey and the 3 walk, Bondo’s got pretty good stuff tonight. Lots of movement, and the Sox haven’t hit much very hard off of him.

  51. Shane Temporarily in Toledo

    April 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Because he is not very good anymore.

  52. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Wait….did Ordonez just swing at the first pitch AGAIN!?!

  53. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Acutally, he just RUNS like he’s about 50. :-) Really, I know why we let Casey go, and overall I’d pick Guillen in the line-up too, it’s just frustrating to watch Sean hit and us not. Plus, I just like him.

  54. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Man, something’s FINALLY going our way!

  55. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Holy crap!! An extra-base-hit with RISP!!!

    Runs!! Two of them!!!

  56. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Its about time… go tigers !!!

  57. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Amazing!!!!

  58. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Does this mean that the Apocalypse is coming? Go Tigers!

  59. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    THAMES KLMSLHFKJSGKFJSHFPKJSKFJHSJLKSFHL GO GO GO GO

  60. Ben in Denver

    April 9, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    That’s niiiiiiiice. A lead. Soak it up, everybody.

  61. Shane Temporarily in Toledo

    April 9, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Really good at bats this inning, and it is about time.

  62. Adam

    April 9, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    HE RAN INTO ONE!

  63. Angus

    April 9, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Tiger batters making a pitcher work and Pudge walks. There is mercy for the Tigers tonight.

  64. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    whoooohooooo….alright marcus

  65. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Except for Magglio (who was clearly safe, BTW) a ton of great ABs this inning. Lester is done after this inning.

  66. Adam

    April 9, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    AND HE ALMOST WALKED AGAIN!

  67. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Let’s hope this 2-run lead doesn’t turn out to be “insurmountable”! Or surmountable. Whichever.

  68. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    This is our first lead since the 5th inning on Saturday. No wonder I felt like I’d forgotten what it was like.

    It is critical for Bondo to come out and not allow any runs this inning.

  69. Tbone

    April 9, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    I’m staring with incredulity at the line score. That’s a 4 spot, right?

  70. Mike R

    April 9, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Tigers fortunes are changing. Sure, the bottom of the inning isn’t starting well, but at least a Thames HR and 4 runs is a sign of busting out of this. But even moreso: The patient AB’s the last half inning.

  71. D_Town_Fan_in_Chi_Town

    April 9, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Was the fourth inning the first time this season that we were able to string together runs. Renteria and Thames both registering RBI. Also, I believe that these was the first Tiger RBI since Saturday.

  72. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    tigers so optimistic trying to turn the triple play, WE ARE ON HOUSE MONEY NOW< LETS GO TIGERS!!!

  73. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    And the Tigers turn another DP! Things ARE going our way!

  74. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    If they converted the triple play, officially all bets would have been off.

  75. billfer

    April 9, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Wow. Tigers got lucky on that one. Lugo was safe. That evens out the Ordonez call at first. Plus, a couple of those pitches against Marcus looked pretty good. But I ain’t complaining.

  76. Jim

    April 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Bilfer – looked to me polly kept his glove on Lugo the whole time, then lugo came off the bag. Ump was watching the whole time and didn’t make a call til he came off.

  77. Keith in IA

    April 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Dan and Jim are making it seem like this umpiring crew is making some horrible calls. Pedroia, Ordonez, and Lugo. Plus Guccione can’t seem to make up his mind on ball/strike calls.

  78. Tbone

    April 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    I don’t think the Lugo call evened anything out. The Mags call cost us a run the way that inning played out.

  79. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    DE T R O I T T I G E R S

  80. Eric Cioe

    April 9, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Nice play Renteria and Guillen!

  81. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I have this on mlb.tv and the replays the Sox announcers show indicate some bad safe/out calls. The pitches to Marcus were close, but outside their little strike zone thingy. Take that for whatever it’s worth. It sure feels like the strike zone has been horribly inconsistent all night. Nothing to complain about, if anything I would say Lester has probably gotten squeezed more than Bondo.

  82. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    That AB by Youkilis isn’t going to help Bonderman’s pitch count. Leyland has to at least try to coax six innings from him, right?

  83. billfer

    April 9, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Bondo’s fastball is petering out again. One more out.

  84. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of 1-2-3 innings Tigers’ pitchers have gotten. It’s sweet when it does happen.

  85. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Man, nice inning for Bondo. He’s at 89 pitches, so another 3-4 outs from him would be huge.

    Anything to circumvent this bullpen.

  86. Paul

    April 9, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I live in Baldwinsville, NY (yes, Grilli’s hometown), and am headed to the game in Fenway tomorrow, so I’m really excited to see the boys waking up a little bit tonight.

    Two of us Tigers fans are going with a couple of Sox fans, so this is gonna be an interesting night tomorrow.

    Interestingly, they’re really proud of Grilli around here. I don’t feel the same way.

  87. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    hey renteria getting an outfield hit to drop in the gap!!!!! things are turning around

  88. Anne

    April 9, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Renteria is da man tonight. That’s it for Lester, and he didn’t even strike anyone out!

  89. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    and getting lester pulled in only the 6th, workin the pitcher, look good today, LETS GET THIS GOIN TIGERS~!!!!

  90. Anne's son!

    April 9, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    is mi radio working? are we actually wining? w00t w00t

  91. billfer

    April 9, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I hope someone is warming up. Bondo’s fastball is 89-91 right now. Short leash me hopes.

  92. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Pretty good effort by Bondo, his defense let him down a couple times and that resulted in a lot of extra pitches.

    Bobby Seay coming in to shut the door. Hang on tight, everyone….

  93. Kevin in Austin

    April 9, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    6th inning has been our worst…we need this one.

  94. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    did you see that graph on mlb.tv/NESN tv for bondermans pitches to manny there, god!! not even close to the strike zone. he has faired OK today, but overall with the pitch count and leaving early is not going to be in the tigers favor!

    Lets pull through this!!

  95. billfer

    April 9, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Grilli threw too many pitches to be available tonight right?

    Nice job Bobby Seay.

  96. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    alright bobby seay… nice one two three relief

  97. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Great job by Seay.

  98. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Seay hey!

  99. Steve in OH

    April 9, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    For the record, we’ve already scored nearly double our average on the season… 4 vs 2.14.

    Yup, these Tigers are averaging a shade over 2 runs a game right now.

  100. Tbone

    April 9, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Now’s the time to get Grilli in there to boost his confidence a little, right?

  101. Keith in IA

    April 9, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Eleven out of the 22 batters that Bonderman faced reached base.

  102. tiff

    April 9, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    just got home to find out game not on MY tv. boo fsn+! Bondo sounded like he did exactly what we needed to do… I wouldn’t mind a few extra tack on runs for insecurity sake. Go Tigs!

  103. Tbone

    April 9, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    The game is back on FSN now, tiff! I just switched it on…

  104. Tbone

    April 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Oh man, how I hate to Seay him go…

  105. Shane Temporarily in Toledo

    April 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Very good outing for Seay. It is amazing what happens when a pitcher throws strikes.

  106. Mike R

    April 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I understand that Seay is the LH Matchup guy but honestly, let the dude just roll through two innings. When is the last time a reliever gave us 2 scoreless innings?

  107. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    bonderman was a little loose tonight, but overall good enough, so no complaints

  108. Keith in IA

    April 9, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Nice work by Seay. Hopefully the rest of the bullpen can feed off his success and we can get off the snide.

  109. Mike R

    April 9, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    …..Again, Seay is out why? He threw 18 pitches.

  110. Jim

    April 9, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Because he’s still seen as a LOOGY

  111. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Keith:

    Correct my math if it’s wrong, but Bondo pitched 5 innings (15 ABs), gave up 5 hits (20 total ABs) walked 4 (24 total plate appearances) and had 2 errors commited behind him (26 total PAs) minus two double plays (24 total PAs)

    5 hits + 4 walks = 9 batters reaching in 24 PAs. I hardly think he should penalized for the errors, especially since they both should have been converted to outs. that’s a .375 OBP, which is hardly spectacular, but this lineup is loaded with guys who get on base. He allowed 2 runs, and you could argue would have allowed zero if Polly turns the DP.

  112. Jim

    April 9, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    So does Beltran just hide the ball really well or somthing? I see 87-89mph Fastballs going right down the middle and they aren’t swinging at them.

    Not that I’m complainin

  113. Brian P

    April 9, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    The gun has been way off all night, Jim. I’m almost certain of it. I haven’t seen it above 90 all night.

  114. billfer

    April 9, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Mike R -

    I’d guess it’s because Leyland would want to be able to pitch him tomorrow night. It’s not like there are other lefties ont he roster.

  115. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    bonderman threw 96 pitches, so thats the main reason. it has seemed to me the past couple years leyland has not let his pitchers go deep for whatever reason, i know for a fact last season he finished the starters well under 100 for no reason other than it seemed the right time to him, kinda dumb but whatever.; just the way it is right now. let them get their arms in order and hopefully we will see some deeper games

  116. Travis in Baton Rouge

    April 9, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    I don’t know about you guys, but our hitters have looked alot more patient tonight. They really seem to be working the count much better.

  117. Chris

    April 9, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Isn’t Bobby Seay mostly a one inning situational reliever?

    Beltran did his Job, so no reason to second guess Leyland.

    Please Tigers, just 6 more scoreless outs……pleeeease…

  118. Travis in Baton Rouge

    April 9, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    INGE!!!! Those runs were big.

  119. Adam

    April 9, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    YAY! MOST RUNS OF THE YEAR!

  120. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Inge!!

  121. Travis in Baton Rouge

    April 9, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    You know we are breaking out of it when Inge and Pudge get back to back hits. Let’s geaux Tigers!!!

  122. JOE Z

    April 9, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    that pudge hit is also exactly what we need , always. slap it through the infield holes for basehits

    LETS GO TIGERS

  123. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Sadly, all of these runs have been knocked in by the 7, 8, and 9 hitters i nour lineup. Not a Maggs or a Cabrera RBI to be found.

    Here’s a chance for Sheff, tho…

  124. Steve in OH

    April 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Inge just might be powering this “loaded” team to our first win of the season… how quaint.

    P.S. To update my run total we’ve now scored 6 vs 2.14 (season average) … and have scored 29% of all the runs we’ve scored the entire season in tonight’s game. Stats are fun.

  125. Travis in Baton Rouge

    April 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Dammit sheff!!!! That kills.

  126. Steve in OH

    April 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    G’damn GIDP’s!

  127. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    wow.. that was a nice beginning but gary really could have blown this wide open. still nice to have some insurance runs

  128. Keith in IA

    April 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Very, very nice inning by the offense. We needed that REALLY bad!!!!

    Mark:

    Your math looks pretty good. Gameday had Bondo facing 22 batters. When Pudge threw out Lugo to the end the inning, I think (but am not sure) that the batter he was facing no longer counts. Based on your math (which seems accurate) that would still have Bondo at 23 batters, not 22. I’m not sure where that missing hitter is in the gameday data.

    I wasn’t saying anything really negative against Jeremy, just that allowing 50% of the batters you face to reach base isn’t necessarily what you have in mind when you take to the hill. I could rephrase my statement to read this way, “While Bonderman was pitching, 11 out of 22 (or 23) batters reached first base.”

    Does anyone know why gameday has Bondo at only 22 batters faced?

  129. Joey the K in Portland OR

    April 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    We are seriously going to break the record for most GIDP in a season.

  130. tiff

    April 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    couple of insurance runs, yay! now lets hold on to it!

  131. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Denny, please. No walks, throw strikes. And light it up, buddy.

  132. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Keith,

    I didn’t mean to be hard on you, you are definitely correct that Bondo wasn’t as sharp as he could be. I guess I thought you were going negative on Bonderman, who definitely battled against a good lineup, and all things considered, did a pretty good job.

    No worries, I’d like to see JB cut down on the walks and pick up some more K’s.

    And go deeper into the game.

  133. Kyle J

    April 9, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Which odds were lower when the season began?

    1) Tigers losing their first 8 games.

    2) Inge being the team MVP through 9 games.

  134. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    finally tigers clicking on at least six of eight cylinders. we just need to get the 2 -5 heated up

  135. Keith in IA

    April 9, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Mark:

    Nor was I trying to discount the fact that JB is going to be our first pitcher with a W. He was able to get out of some jams against a lineup that is tough against every SP in the AL.

    I still want to know where that missing batter is though.

  136. T Smith

    April 9, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Bonderman did very well. I’m not saying he was lights out, but he pitched very well. Bear in mind it’s a daunting task for any pitcher to get 4 outs an inning — without those errors, he may have gone seven.

    With a solid defensive game, this should be a shut out.

  137. Jason from Somewhere

    April 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    So long 800-lb gorilla… don’t let the door hit you in the Ausmus on the way out

  138. greg

    April 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    The losing streak is finally over!! WooHoo!!

    No possible way they could lose this now up 6-2.

  139. Travis in Baton Rouge

    April 9, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Somebody please tell me that its just taking Cabrera a while to get accustomed to AL pitchers.

    Way to geaux carlos!!

  140. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    alright carlos!!!!!!!!!!! its been fun tonight

  141. Tbone

    April 9, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Ain’t over till its over…

  142. Dylan

    April 9, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    LETS GO TIGERS!!!

  143. Steve in OH

    April 9, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    We haven’t mentioned it much tonight (forgive me if I missed it) but let’s hand it to Renteria for a great game too…

    3-4, double, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 1 walk

  144. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    stitch jones has work… this shouldn’t be too bad

  145. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Keith,

    Did the Red Sox HIT into two DPs? There was a strike out-throw out DP in the first inning. That would be 3 DPs total and would account for the missing batter.

  146. tiff

    April 9, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    here we go, jonesy! (why do I feel like I’m watching a playoff game??)

  147. Joey the K in Portland OR

    April 9, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    CLETE!

    It was great hearing a ‘Lets go Tigers’ chant in Fenway!

  148. T Smith

    April 9, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    On a side note, I have to say the NESN Boston announcers are a class act.

    Then again, all I really have to judge by are DJ & Hawk — so I may not be qualified to comment.

  149. Joey the K in Portland OR

    April 9, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Rem-dog and the other guy are ok, can get annoying sometimes, really around the league most guys are ok, no one compares to hawk and dj, words can’t describe how bad they are.

  150. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    T Smith,

    Agree, the NESN guys are solid. I live in Chicago too and absolutely CANNOT STAND Hawk and DJ. Beyond horrible. The Cubs guys (Bob Brenly and…..?) are decent.

  151. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    always keeping you in stitches. cmon stich one more out and its miller time

  152. Travis in Baton Rouge

    April 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Tying run on deck. Ahhhh! Never easy with Jonesy.

  153. Jim in Mac

    April 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    anyone nervous ?

  154. Tbone

    April 9, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    It’s over!

  155. tiff

    April 9, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    popup! popup!

  156. Kathy

    April 9, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    1 & 8. They’re lookin better.

  157. Chris

    April 9, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I am, Otiz on deck

  158. Steve in OH

    April 9, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Vintage Rollercoaster Jones, but…

    Theeeeeeeeee Tigers Win!

    Theeeeeeeeee Tigers Win!

  159. Travis in Baton Rouge

    April 9, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    ALLELUIA!!!

  160. Adam

    April 9, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!

    SOMEONE KISS DANNY DEVITO!

  161. Keith in IA

    April 9, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    That was fun. Now let’s try to get back to .500.

    What time is the game tomorrow?

  162. Tony P

    April 9, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Only 2 losses behind Cleveland…..

  163. Travis in Baton Rouge

    April 9, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Ok everyone, whatever underwear you have on tonite, you must wear them for the rest of the season.

  164. JML

    April 9, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Woohoo! Now we just need about 99 more. And a new closer.

  165. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    1-7 never felt so good!

  166. Mark in Chicago

    April 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    This game is TOO easy!

    OK, NOW we can print the World Series tickets.

    Kathy – we’re 1-7, not 1-8. Please don’t make it any harder than it already is.

  167. JoJo Sun Devil

    April 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    YAY! I KNEW IT! i KNEW THE TIGERS WOULD WIN TODAY.

    Im at work right now and I got excited cause I knew the Tigers won and then I checked the score and yep there it is.

    155-7. Whos with me?

  168. T Smith

    April 9, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    One big collective exhale.

  169. Steve in OH

    April 9, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    1-7 has never felt like 7-1 before!

  170. Kathy

    April 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Not a good idea Travis…I don’t have any on. Hah!!!!

  171. Ryan In Brooklyn

    April 9, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I haven’t peaked at this sight all evening (got superstitious). Just been nervously watching on Gameday. Thank god this is over…

  172. Keith in IA

    April 9, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Travis — Very funny, except I went the other with the underwear. Now that we’ve got our first win I can finally change mine!

  173. Chris

    April 9, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    OK… GOOD…. A first win of the season has never been more important. Now if the Tigers can win tomorrow it will mean:

    1) They did not lose (yep that awful feeling averted).

    2) They did not lose another series.

    3) They win a series (wow, does that sound good)

    4) Confidence is restored. (I think this team was definitely lacking confidence)

    5) Yep! FIVE, that is it. We would be only FIVE games below 500. With 154 games to go and wipeout the deficit and catch 1st place.

    If they win tomorrow then I think hope will be restored.

  174. Joey C.

    April 9, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Our long, local nightmare is over.

  175. Kyle J

    April 9, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    I had us at 0-8, too, in my comment above.

    And did you notice the Fox Sports people had a hard time getting those first two runs to show up on the TV header?

    That losing streak had taken on metaphysical proportions, controlling both minds and electronic information.

    But it’s over, baby.

  176. Kathy

    April 9, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Please don’t let my mistake be a hex on the team. I just kept thinking the 8th game, the 8th game and we finally won! Lots of improvement tonight and sure hope we see more and more improvements.

  177. T Smith

    April 9, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Sorry Kathy,

    You must go naked for the entire season.

  178. Kathy

    April 9, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    OK, but don’t tell anyone!

  179. Jim

    April 9, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    whoa whoa there

  180. Travis in Baton Rouge

    April 9, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Kathy, I like that idea better. Let’s all go commando the rest of the season! :)

  181. Joey the K in Portland OR

    April 9, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    woah mama!!!! look how crazy we are getting after just one win!

    WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!

  182. David

    April 10, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Looks like a win cures everything.

    Now lets streak in the other direction!

    BTW does anyone thing Brandon will hit between .280-.300 this year? and get 500 AB his new batting stance/playing like he is enjoying himself seems to be working