PREGAME: The Tigers take on Javier Vazquez tonight. You may remember Vazquez from an earlier Tiger debacle this year in which he fanned 9 and walked none in 7 shut out innings. It resulted in the first eruption from Mt Leyland in 2008. The Tigers don’t have his number. In Vazquez’s last 4 outings against Detroit he’s lasted at least 7 innings and not given up more than 3 runs.
Justin Verlander on the other hand has struggled against the White Sox this year. He’s allowed 15 runs in 2 starts with 7 walks and 7 K’s.
Verlander very rarely gets run support this year, and the Tigers track record against Vazquez would indicate a continuation of the trend.
Game Time 7:05
POSTGAME: Pitchers pitching. Hitters hitting. Fielders fielding. I could get use to this.
- Verlander only fanned 3, but he walked none and picked up an inordinate amount of pop-outs. The result was an easy breezy complete game. The first for the Tigers in 364 days.
- Miguel Cabrera may have had a game changing walk. He worked a 14 pitch walk leading off the second inning. That inning turned into a Marcus Thames three run jimmy-jack. I’m too lazy to look it up, but I think the 14 pitches were probably more than any inning the last time they faced Vazquez.
- Again, everybody contributed on offense – for the most part. Jeff Larish continues to struggle and chased a lot of high fastballs.
- Brent Clevlen made another nice play tonight. And Carlos Guillen has been picking it lately as well.
- The Tigers themselves were a little jumpy tonight going 8 straight batters at one point swinging at the first pitch. But it works when you get hits and homers.