PREGAME: The Tigers are in a 3-way battle for AL suckitude with the Rangers and Mariners. It would be nice to not be in that position.
It’s Armando Galarraga and Clay Bucholz if the rain holds off.
Bucholz has been money with only 3 runs allowed total over his last 3 starts since a shellacking at the hands of the Yankees. He has a reverse platoon split with righties hitting an 846 OPS against him whereas lefties are struggling to the tune of .564.
Here’s your lineup.
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Guillen, 3B
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Sheffield, LF
- Joyce, DH
- Renteria, SS
- Rodriguez, C
Game Time 7:05
POSTGAME: You know, when a game last 4 hours it gives you quite a bit to comment on. I’ll start with the finish. The Tigers got the win. Good. Very good. Much needed.
The 9th inning rally wasn’t one of shock and awe. It consisted of a check swing dribbler, an error, a bunt, a ground ball to second, and a broken bat single. But it’s still two runs, and it’s still a win. And to each guy’s credit that inning, they found a way to put the ball in play.
Now a ton of bullet points:
- The Tigers offense showed some life. They picked up 18 hits, 16 of which were singles though so the Tigers left themselves some runners on base.
- Placido Polanco=good. He had five hits, pulling some, pushing some, blooping one.
- The 3-4-5-6 hitters combined to reach base 12 times.
- Curtis Granderson is not a friend of Clay Bucholz fanning all 3 times. In fact, 5 of Bucholz’s 6 K’s came against lefties.
- Armando Galarraga looked great at times. He fanned Papi and Manny back to back. But then he left some pitches up that got crushed.
- I actually really liked Leyland’s move to bring in Francisco Cruceta with 2 outs in the 7th. It appears that Cruceta is the 8th inning guy, but going to him for 4 outs in a crucial situation was fine by me. That didn’t work out though as Cruceta allowed the homer. Decent decision, bad execution.
- I had no problem with Cruceta starting the 8th inning. But after the lead off walk somebody needed to be up in the pen. Varitek then hit a bullet that was caught, and I’m really hoping someone is up. A walk to the 9 hitter and it should have been time to go get Cruceta at that point. He didn’t know where the fastball was going. Instead he was allowed in long enough to give up the lead. Bad decision, bad execution.
- The the Tigers get two runners on with one out and a full count. Which inevitably brought the “send the runners to stay out of the double play” which is also known as the “strike em out throw em out inning ending double play.” It was a horrible decision with a hitter who has been struggling, and a slow runner standing on second, and the best closer in the game set to take on the bottom of the lineup if the play fails. It failed. Bad decision, typical execution.
This was hardly a flawless game, but for those looking for life from the team there was definitely life. There were smiles and excitment, and some nice defense. Whether it leads to anything remains to be seen. But the losing streak is over.
Red Sox 9 Tigers 10