Game 107: Tigers at Indians

by billfer on July 30, 2008 · 576 comments

in 2008 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: Cliff Lee is one of the best in the AL this year. Nate Robertson has been one of the worst – at least in terms of ERA and hits allowed and batting average allowed.

Sorry it’s a short post today. There’s some other news going down

DET @ CLE, Wednesday, July 30, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

POSTGAME (scene from the National Spelling Bee)
Moderator: Please spell Excruciating
Sweaty Genius Kid: Could you please us it in a sentence
Moderator: The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians game last night was excruciating
Sweaty Genius Kid: Excruciating. E-x-c-r-u-c-i-a-t-i-n-g. Excruciating

I guess you can say the Tigers stole one last night. Nate Robertson was awful and only a game ending after 5 hours prevented me from dumping a bucket of vitriol all over Nate. But I got tired and decided to write the post game the morning after. I’ve mellowed.

The pen was, um. Well they only allowed 4 runs in 10 innings of work. And they worked really hard. They threw lots of pitches. Rodney got spanked. Jones got spanked. Fossum nearly got spanked. Seay was a little shaky before becoming a stud and fanning 5. Basically the bullpen for today’s game consists of Joel Zumaya and Freddy Dolsi (only 11 pitches). So if Farnsworth joins the team in time it would be helpful.

But now for the really good: The offense was excellent. Yes, they left some scoring chances on the table in the late innings, but I can’t knock an offense that scores 14 runs. There had to be some timely hits in there somewhere. Special acknowledgment for Miguel Cabrera who is kinda good. Also, Curtis Granderson had 5 hits. Four of them came on opposite field 2 strike singles, and 3 of those came off of left handers.

While the game itself was down right maddening, the multiple comebacks were sublime. And the fact that the biggest part of the comeback came against one of the best pitchers in baseball this year just makes it sweeter.

 
 

{ 576 comments }

charlie July 30, 2008 at 7:01 pm

don’t much like this lineup…are we conceding this game…is guillen unavailable to dh or are we showcasing sheffield to some scouts who just landed on the planet yesterday?

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 7:25 pm

The scouts are named Gomolowicz and Gnacylncka and are from the same planet as Gubicza and Grudzielanek and obviously are scouting for the Royals.

sky July 30, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Pudge gone? That’s my wife’s favorite!……I will miss him. He was the first hope this team saw in years when rebuilding began.

Tonight’s game is not a giveaway….but it will take a lot of breaks to win it. 70-30 Cleveland at the post.

sky July 30, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Thames looked gawd-awful on that play. Too much of that stuff this year in our let and right-fielders.

sky July 30, 2008 at 7:38 pm

You would think after Grady did it in the first that the defense might be expecting that………………but this is a wasted game anyway. As predicted. Over in the 2nd.

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Atta boy Nate!

Adam July 30, 2008 at 7:39 pm

It’s a giveaway now.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Ugh. Maybe someone will mercifully take Nate off our hands tomorrow. He’s been comically bad this year.

sky July 30, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I am depressed.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

When that Robertson for Laird rumor was circulating earlier I was really, really, really hoping it was true. Oh well….

sky July 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Nate has had some good games, but not lately. He has also had some bad breaks. But no matter who you are you can not win grooving BP fastballs in the heart of the zone just hoping to get an out because your command can not find the edge of the plate.

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Nate…doing his best to reclaim last place AL-qualified starters ERA. Guess that’s something, right?

sky July 30, 2008 at 7:44 pm

When Robertson pitches you just hope he lasts 5 or 6 and the Tigers can score some runs. But that isn’t going to happen today, especially with Lee out there.

greg July 30, 2008 at 7:45 pm

I’m not able to watch the game at the moment, but this had shutout/blowout written all over it. Tiger players possibly shell shocked from the trade, Nate not able to throw to Pudge anymore, Cy Young candidate Cliff Lee on the mound.

Just a gut feeling, could be wrong.

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Lets see if this club shows any heart tonight when no one expects them to. Whether or not they even make the playoffs – that will tell me if they have what it takes to be Champs.

Haven’t seen it yet this year.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Nice job by Nate throwing a clunker out there.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Yeah

We are on the board. I guess I won’t see Pudge and all his walks this weekend at the Trop.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm

No shutout at least.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 7:56 pm

If I were Polanco in that situation, I would not be swinging at the second pitch.

If I were, I would not be trying to put it in play. Lee’s at 49 pitches through three. A nice eight or nine pitch at-bat there would put him at 57. A good strategy would be to get him out the of the game as soon as possible, instead of trying to keep him in longer, and go after him later.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

sky, to put it in perspective, remember that the Tigers are 41-48 (assuming they lose tonight) vs American League teams. This means that since their horrendous 0-7 start, they have managed to play .500 ball over half a season’s worth of games. Even if you see those first seven games as an abberation, the last 82 games (excluding games vs AAAA NL) is not a small sample size, and for all the hip hip hooray about their resurgence, the fact is they are now, and have been all year, a mediocre team. Average D, poor team speed, a couple of holes in the offense and a few gargantuan ones in the pitching staff, are not a prescription for post-season play. And it isn’t like these problems just cropped up suddenly; they have been evident right from the get-go.

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 7:58 pm

wonder if Dombrowski can swindle Ned Colletti and the Dodgers into taking Renteria, we’ll throw in Sheff for free, since he and Joe Torre are such good friends.

Kathy July 30, 2008 at 7:59 pm

I miss Pudge. Can’t help it. To me it feels like a death in the family. He was/is so emotional and sure could fire up a crowd when he was “on”.

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Adam: “If I were Polanco in that situation, I would not be swinging at the second pitch.”

I agree; even a 7-pitch strikeout like Inge would have been better.

Also if I were Polanco in that situation: Holy crap, I can actually hit a baseball!!! (but my head: noticeably smaller)

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Nate you suck. The game started at 7:05. Stop throwing BP.

sky July 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Well, I have seen enough. Tie to try some old movies or something. This is painful and will best be forgotten as soon as possible. I guess the home fans have the right to see a game..but shouldn’t there be a concession rule? LOL

At least Leyland can use this game to give the guys a needed workout.

Bye all until tomorrow! We’ll bounce back but this is sad.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

God, Nate Robertson. You need to show someone you don’t suck.

ERA 6.02 – Holy crap.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

“To me it feels like a death in the family.”

I felt the same way.

And if one was listening to Mario during the pre-game, one would have thought this might have been the actual case. He said Inge was catching today in place of “the departed Pudge Rodriguez.”

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 8:06 pm

And with Marte’s double, 85-mph tossing Nate Robertson’s ERA is over 6.00 for the season. Awesome.

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:06 pm

It’s a “back to the future” game…welcome to 2003…

Adam July 30, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Didn’t we lose the last Cliff Lee game 7-1?

sky July 30, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Before signing off, just a quick response to Vince in MN. You are right. I enjoy watching the team play and sometimes they can be exciting. But this is not a playoff caliber team. There are too many weaknesses of the kind that lose you 10 or so games in the season.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

If they come back, they’re gonna have to do it without me. I got better things to do.

mcb July 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Maybe we can offer Nate and Sheff for a 8th rounder

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

wow, lets see if we can trade nate away for chris shelton. we need more 2005 tigers back!

Adam July 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Haha we’re not taking him out. Leave him in!

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 8:09 pm

hey, be fair…nate is available to any team that needs a new BP pitcher.

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Why isn’t Farnsworth warming up yet?

Mark P July 30, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Man, rough start for Thames. Needs to come back with a jack.

Robertson is not helping his trade value.

Palmcroft July 30, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Vince,

“…for all the hip hip hooray about their resurgence, the fact is they are now, and have been all year, a mediocre team. Average D, poor team speed, a couple of holes in the offense and a few gargantuan ones in the pitching staff, are not a prescription for post-season play.”

Amen, amen, amen. And you could have added the managerial man-love for old bad players further hindered the team’s evolution. What kind of winning environment allows talent to wait and wait on the bench or in the minors while old men who are past their prime continue to lose the team ballgames? For more than half a season, these old guys did not have to worry about any consequence whatsoever for their dramatic underperformance.

That kind of coddling of mediocrity is similar to the socialist coddling of poorly run businesses, a coddling that consistently delivers economic sclerosis. Leyland’s managing this year is a flat-out fireable offense.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Nate Robertson’s ERA is officially over 6.00 now. Tell him thanks, give him a big hug, and let him take the rest of the year off.

Tater July 30, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Come on now, if Thames hits a 7-run homer here we’re right back in this thing.

What a day. Couldn’t we have at least used the Yankees offer as leverage to send Pudge to the Marlins for Rabelo and Trahern?

Amanda July 30, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Coleman “Why isn’t Farnsworth warming up yet?”

I thought I heard them say ,before the game started, that he wouldn’t be with the Tigers til tomorrow at the earliest.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm

miggy seems to be hitting well lately, let’s see if we can get grilli back for him

Adam July 30, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Aw, come on, we’re only down by 6.

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Amanda:
humph, well the yankees better be paying his salary today then.

Amanda July 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Coleman:
Hmmm I dunno. Could account for the tears.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Palmcroft,
I am with you 100% on Leyland. In fact, I didn’t think he was so hot last year either. I think the “old men past their prime” comment applies to him as well. Not that you can’t be old and still be a shrewd thinker, which is one of the qualities you need in a manager in my opinion. But that doesn’t apply to Leyland.

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Palmcroft:

What you’re describing re: blocking young players with ineffectual decrepits is quite common, unfortunately. The worst offenders are the Dodgers, as evidenced by their psycho trade for Casey Blake to further delay Adam LaRoche’s ascension to MLB and the whole Juan Pierre thing.

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm

just throwing it out, odds leyland comes back next year, either via him walking away or being fired, which would be unlikely.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Jimmuh back next year 100%, no question. DD and Ilitch love him and believe he’s the right guys for this team.

The only thing that would prevent that is some sort of health issue.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 8:29 pm

What a shame. Relatively speaking, we’re pounding Cliff Lee tonight.

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Well, Inge is certainly keeping up his end of the bargain…

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Lee has given up 7 HR this season, and 2 of them have been tonight.

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 8:32 pm

“The only thing that would prevent that is some sort of health issue.”

Well, we know that’s not going to happen, what with how well Jimmuh takes care of himself.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 8:32 pm

nice little liner past first base, but does anyone else think that ryan raburn is just about the saddest excuse for a major league player since neifi perez?

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Ohio:

No, I don’t. Willie Bloomquist is pretty much an everyday player in Seattle.

billfer July 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Polanco’s been a pop-up/comebacker machine as of late. A hit would be nice.

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I hope Polanco takes a few this time, I wouldn’t mind seeing Thames up with the bases loaded. Just for fun…

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Is Lee toying with the Tigers? He’s thrown nothing but fastballs this inning. In my mind, I’ve already deemed him as arrogant after he barked at Carlos Gomez for bunting against him.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 8:36 pm

come on marcus… get country strong!

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Well OK I guess that works also.

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:38 pm

For the love of Scott Lusader, please don’t hit a double-play ball here…

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Cabrera…please. something.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Although the season has been a disappointment, with the team not living up to the hyper-inflated expectaions of the pre-season, there have been some positives. I think Lopez has been quite a nice surprise and hopefully he can keep up the quality work. Cabrera is coming on after a slow start, and although many are disappointed with his results, his production isn’t too far off from what I expected and he is getting better. Maggs is in the race for another batting championship – who would have thought that?, and Verlander, despite a horrible start, is proving that he is the real deal. Zumaya, though probably not 100% after his injury, looks like his future is secure. Granderson is shooting for another .300 year and is hitting lefties as well as righties while cutting his Ks way down. Joyce and Thomas (to a lesser degree, but still…) have certainly been pleasant surprises and bode well for the farm system’s ability to put out decent position players as well as pitchers, something you couldn’t say a few years ago.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

wow, a comeback win in this one would be the Tigers biggest moment since Maggs’ walkoff in ’06

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

wow…we got a ballgame tonight. stunning development. wonder if nate can even bear to watch?

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Well, we’ve cut it to 8-6. See my post at 7:50 – “Lets see if this club shows any heart tonight when no one expects them to.”

Did I just get a glimpse of some heart?

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Gotta give Sheffield credit…he worked out a way to come through in the clutch and still get the 4-letter words tossed his way…

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Lee must have been pitching to contact.
:)

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Am I just imagining this, or does every catcher we play against morph into Mickey Mantle against us?

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Nice to come back and find it’s 8-6, but is there some reason we can’t get Kelly Shoppach and Andy Marte out?

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 8:46 pm

“Lee must have been pitching to contact.”

He was quite successful then

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 8:47 pm

“Did I just get a glimpse of some heart?”

Just goes to show that the trade of Pudge hasn’t affected their chemistry.

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Vince: Nate Robertson and Pudge must have been very good friends…

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 8:49 pm

I’m glad I didn’t turn this off. I hope the ending is as good as that inning.

billfer July 30, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Lopez give up the long fly ball and is now afraid to throw a strike.

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Last night in our softball game we were down 8-0 until the bottom of the 5th when we pushed 3 runs across. We picked up another 4 in the 6th and won it with a walk off hit (my hit tied the game) in the last of the 7th. We had to win to win the league outright and we did.

I know it’s not the same as baseball, but we could have hung our heads and gave up and we didn’t. Nice to see the Tigers show something.

I won’t comment on Sheffield running into the out at 2nd.

Kyle J July 30, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Did I just get a glimpse of some heart?

No, I think you’re just seeing a very good lineup going about its business against a top pitcher.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Andrew

I’m pumped after reading your post. :)

charlie July 30, 2008 at 8:53 pm

when i look back at the off season moves i like the fact that the tigers were going for it and so did most/all of the fans. the season has been disappointing…with lots of criticism here but lets face it…we are still in contention and if we did get on a roll everyone here would be in heaven.

i do not for a minute believe these guys aren’t doing their best…all of them…the problem is that so are all the guys on the other teams too. that’s why it’s so hard to win championships. win or lose, i’ll continue to back this team and hope for the best.

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Nice job, Coolio Lopez :)

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

still some magic in that #45 after cecil!

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Great work Lopez. That was a little scary there.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Joel,
I would not be averse to reuniting them in NYC for old time sake.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Nice comeback by “Aqui” there.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

If you told me before the game that Lee would only last 5 innings and give up 6 runs I would be ecstatic. Too bad Nate got blown up.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

we’ve got 4 innings of the indians bullpen… this game is just getting started!

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Remember that whole “Lopez to Toledo to stretch him out” thing? Yeah, me too.

Does anyone else think he would fare any worse than Nate? I can’t fathom Lopez would be a 6+ ERA starter.

billfer July 30, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Huh. Brandon Inge is choking up with 2 strikes.

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Inge has the “three true outcomes” cycle for the night.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Brandon with a HR and a BB in one game. SWEET!

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Well, Brandon isn’t showing any ill affects with the departure of Pudge.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

HA HA HA!! Thanks Perez.

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Man, some luck being flung the Tigers way or what?

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

nice to finally get a couple of errors back

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

wow, HUGE breaks this inning!! I will take it.

sky July 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm

I never really did sign off the game and kudos to the Tigers for making it fun again………………Cleveland has been helping a lot.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Get Country Strong Marcus!

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

And we complain about our bullpen?

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm

The Indians are turning in an inning the Tigers turned in back in May.

Oh I hope Wedge leaves the lefty Perez in to face Thames. That is asking for trouble.

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Drink some Country Time lemonade to make Marcus Country Strong ;)

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Come on Maggs!

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

The Funk Dr. has become the funk Dr.

Mark P July 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Another blown opportunity.

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Still should have gotten more out of that inning. Wasted opportunities should be our slogan for the 2008 season.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Come on. I know we got some breaks, but god you gotta get at least one more there.

sky July 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

But another terrible lost chance to even it up. All you gotta do is make contact,,,,,,,,,,,,,I guess that is a lot harder than it seems.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm

*sigh* I love Marcus as much as anyone here, but he’s not a 3-hole hitter. Not having Guillen there cost us.

I’m in full whining mode tonight, and I apologize.

By the way, Billfer, Inge has been choking up on 2 strikes all year. I recall an interview about the subject early in the season.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Still, it’s always good to score a run without getting a hit.

Steve July 30, 2008 at 9:16 pm

I miss Pudge as well. He got paid a ton of Cash and really help repackage the franchise. Good for the young pitchers when he was here. If Inge can hit a little I think we have a decent replacement.

With Pudge and No-Hit Shefield off the payroll maybe we can spend some money on trading Renteria to someone who cares and getting a short-stop who will play here a couple years.

I agree lets see if this team has some heart in the Post Pudge stare down era.

Good news we have an enforcer back in Farnsworth. Does anyone remember the K/C game a few years back when Farnsworth slammed a K/C Player.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Brian P

I thought the same thing about Guillen, just didn’t want to say it. Thames has been up twice already this game in “big” spots.

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Inge don’t look no “reluctant catcher” tonight…in the past ge hasn’t hit well as catcher, but as they say, “past performance is no guarantee of future results.”

also: we might
win this turkey of a game.

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Ben Francisco? Really?

Adam July 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Is it just me, or have the pitchers in this bullpen been able to get out of tough jams in their first inning of work only to be thrown out there in the next inning to give up a big hit/run?

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm

This just in – Todd Jones is up and throwing in the bullpen . . .

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:22 pm

. . . and Tiger fans are throwing up in their living rooms ;)

sky July 30, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Here comes Jonesy!

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 9:26 pm

at least he only has to get one out

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

And just why is he not our closer anymore?

Sheesh

Steve July 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Yuk that stinks

sky July 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Well, I guess that settles that!

Amanda July 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

lord have mercy

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

incredible. just #*@&! incredible.

sky July 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Hate to laugh at a veteran who has done so much for so many teams….but Jones..it’s time to hang it up. You are not fooling anyone any longer with that stuff you serve up there.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Good to see Jonesy adjusting to his new role. He should feel pretty comfortable giving up HR.

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Jones trying his very hardest to get DFA’d

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

We all got sucked in and the rollercoaster comes into the game.

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

‘atta boy, Jonesy. Knew you had it in ya.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

seriously, Kelly Shoppach? The dood is Mickey Mantle against us today.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Shoppach is 4-4. Give me a break. I hope he gets drilled next time up after that bat flip.

sky July 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

You know, if I did my job that way I would get fired. Why do ballplayers get paid even when they suck at doing their jobs?

Jeff July 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Jones looked shell-shocked coming off the field there. I think he knows it’s over. I’m sure he’s invested well.

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Three important questions I have:

Can the Tigers offense overcome tonight’s poor pitching performance?

Was that the last of Todd Jones in a Tigers uniform?

What can I have for a snack? All these runs are making me hungry.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm

My sister is watching in the other room. I heard chuckles after the home run. I giggled too. But at least now it’s legitimate laughter, as opposed to covering up a deeper sorrow.

Kevin in Austin July 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

I like our chances in this game. Hang on everybody…

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Nachos Andrew, NACHOS!!

Chris July 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Jones has to get released…. He is useless

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Brian –

Nachos sound excellent! Thanks for the idea :)

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Andrew:

I think the appropriate snack for tonight is “tater” chips.

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Is he hanging on just for that little extra from the Sporting News for his column?

Joel in Seattle July 30, 2008 at 9:35 pm

The Yanks should have traded for Shoppach.

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm

“I think the appropriate snack for tonight is “tater” chips.”

:D Nice one Joel

Jeff July 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Why do ballplayers get paid even when they suck at doing their jobs?

Because when a team signs a contract with a player, both parties are obliged to live up to the terms of the deal. If the Tigers had negotiated a “if you start really sucking you won’t get paid upon getting released” clause, then it might be different.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Would it really have been so horrible to walk the guy with three doubles? Instead of throwing a crappy middle-of-the-plate changeup that becomes a home run?

Would it really have been so horrible to keep Todd Jones on the bench?

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Is anyone else following the Manny Ramirez three ring circus?

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Leyland probably ran him out there to make him feel better. You know – one of those touchy feely Jimmy Leyland hunches.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm

The goats in this game: Robertson, Thames, Jones.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm

The goats in this game: Robertson, Robertson, Robertson.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 9:44 pm

I hate touchy, feely, besides my wife.

Andrew July 30, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Dang it. Where’s Pudge when you need someone to throw under the bus for a (potential) Tigers loss?

Oh yeah, he’s the Yankees bus boy now.

Shane Temporarily in Toledo July 30, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Yeah, you cannot get too mad at an offense that drop 6 runs on Cliff Lee, but you can get really upset at a pitching staff that gives up 11 runs to the Indians. Seriously, the Cleveland Indians. The team with Marte and Choo in the line-up. Uggh.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Brian P,
Personally I have been too busy following the Tigers circus.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 9:46 pm

This game = The Tigers 2008 season.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 9:48 pm

This game is just like Todd Jones and the season: a rollercoaster.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 9:55 pm

We’re looking at falling to 6.5 back again. Will this prompt Leyland to reverse his decision to rest Polanco and Ordonez tomorrow? I would hope so.

mcb July 30, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Why can’t we offer early retirement packages like the auto workers get?

billfer July 30, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Jones has to get released…. He is useless

Hey, only another 6 more homers allowed and he’ll have caught up to our new closer.

mcb July 30, 2008 at 9:57 pm

I am not watching fsn but I bet Rod has made few comments since the Jones homer

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Thames shows up. Awesome.

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Bilfer

I agree. Start the rebuilding process for next year and limit the damage this year if they ever get hot.

PS nice hit marcus, friggin’ todd jones

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Gee, without Jones it is 9-9

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm

No win for Cliff Lee. Way to go Miggy!!!!

Amanda July 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm

WOW! UNFRICKENBELIEVABLE!!

Jeff July 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Miggy’s got to run the bases rather than admire the hit. Probably didn’t make a difference in this case, but that obviously wasn’t out.

sky July 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm

No matter what happens…what a game!

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Weee! I don’t know what will happen if we lose. I won’t be able to take it. We must win this. We will win this.

Joey the K in Portland OR July 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

And thats why you always run the bases kids.

great hit tho miggy! Shoppach is throwing everything tonight, bats, gloves…. LETS WIN THIS THING!

Palmcroft July 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm

The Cleveland catcher throws the mitt at a ball in play!! Fantastic! American League beer-league ball finally reaches Charlie Finley’s carnival status!

That was great! That’s gotta be one of most awesome moments of this Tigers season.

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Come on sheff

ron July 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Can Miggy run his chunky butt off instead of standing at home plate with a Maggs look at what I just did stance?

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm

I love this game!!

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm

How many cigs have Jimmuh sneaked off for tonight?

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm

This is a night of WTF baseball.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm

As Jeff said, even if Miggy is “hustling” at the crack of the bat, he’s still standing on third.

Also, I don’t like seing Dolsi here. Especially with a left-hander leading off.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Zoom time.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Holy wow, seriously? 11-11? WTF?

Shane Temporarily in Toledo July 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Geez, Cabrera is crushing the ball and yet everybody is complaining about his running. Dude cannot run anyway. Plus, I think he was seeking revenge for the Shoppach’s toss of the bat after the homerun earlier.
Regardless, Cabrera is awesome.

ron July 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Jeff, it may make a difference if we lose it in extra innings. These guys make me sick with that Bond’s stand at home plate attitude.

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Can the bullpen ever just get the leadoff man????

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Why is Freddy in? This is no longer a throwaway game.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Sounds like Cabrera is on his way out of baseball within 2 years…

I have a strange feeling we’re scoring 2 this inning to take the lead. Fernando has an eventful 9th for the save.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 10:19 pm

And that is why Dolsi is in – to get the GDP. Of course he had to put a guy on to get it, but hey…

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

Andrew

How was the snack?

Sean C. in Illinois July 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

“Why is Freddy in?”

He’s vouching for Farnsworth’s bullpen spot.

INDIANS (in Towely voice): Wanna score some runs?
TIGERS: (sound of object – baseball bat, maybe – causing blunt trauma)
INDIANS: thud

Steve July 30, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Ok, Inge is On.

Carlos in

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 10:25 pm

I think they should put Betancourt in. That guy is due for a good outing!

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Polanco had better not pop out.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Nice work setting up the scoring chance.

Polly makes me nervous here. He’s been a DP machine lately.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

polly has got to come through here… he’s been pretty bad in these situations lately

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Sweet Polly. Let’s get 1 more at least please.

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Tigers take the lead. It’s up to interim closer Rodney now.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Atta boy Polly.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Nice work Polly.

Times for Marcus to put the icing on right here.

Dylan July 30, 2008 at 10:30 pm

come on marcus, no more Ks

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Marcus has his second golden sombrero for the trophy case.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Defensive replacements activate!

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm

OK, thanks anyway, Marcus.

Come on, Rodney. Please, man. 3 outs, 0 runs. You can do it. Just throw strikes.

Joey the K in Portland OR July 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm

ouch MarKKKKus.

Shane Temporarily in Toledo July 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm

This could change quickly, but this is the most entertaining game of the season so far.

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm

god…anyone going to be able to make it through this next half inning?

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:34 pm

And for the love God, please don’t let Shoppach beat us (or tie us).

greg July 30, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Is a one run need enough for Rodney?

Sure makes me nervous. At least he’s ahead on choo

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm

K! Two to go

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm

Big K there.

Joey the K in Portland OR July 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm

guess we can’t hit kelly right here….. tomorrow buddy.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

good changeup, Rodney.

Jeff July 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Good Lord. What the hell has gotten into him?

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Shoppach. Seriously, what the hell.

greg July 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

I knew it.

Joey the K in Portland OR July 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Who the F is Kelly Shoppach?! Pee test that dude right now.

shoulda hit him.

Dylan July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Wow, you have got to be kidding me.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Man. Unbelievable. Kelly frigging Shoppach.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

I knew we should have drilled him.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Kill me

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

I !@#ING HATE KELLY SHOPPACH.

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

How frustrating must this be for the offense.

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

absolutely incredible.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Man now I wish we had just nailed him right in the face

Joey the K in Portland OR July 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Trade shoppach to the W Sox, thats how much I dislike him.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Hahahahahahahahaha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHaHAHAHAHA.

THIS GAME IS HILARIOUS.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Boy do I have a bad feeling now too. Our pen is just awful, from jones to rodney to jason grilli’s corpse (although grilli’s resurrected corpse is dealing in the nl)

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm

I think that loud laughter we here is Todd Jones cursing us. Looks like Farnsworth will be the closer.

Jay July 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Why didn’t they just intentionally walk Shoppach?

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Rodney gets in trouble with his change up

greg July 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

A walk. awesome

Joey the K in Portland OR July 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

maybe Farns will get to the stadium in time to pitch.

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

I think the Gameday radar gun may be a little hot tonight

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:44 pm

We really could have used that extra run I predicted.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 10:44 pm

Strikes tilty, strikes

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

Shoppach might as well retire. He will never repeat this performance. I hate those *#!/#* drums.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

Asdrubal Cabrera is a poor man’s Nick Punto.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

Mark in Chicago

I was hoping for it myself.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Maggs, Miggs, and Sheff coming up in the tenth.

If we get that far.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Does anybody here remember Franklyn German, one of the guys that came over from Oakland in the Jeff Weaver trade? For a few years he was our savior in waiting. Rodney reminds me of him – lots of potential closer stuff, but couldn’t ever really get it together, especially the control thing, and turned out to be a dud.

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Mark: That is probably the most damning insult in baseball history

greg July 30, 2008 at 10:47 pm

What’s that sinking pitch he throws that just dives off the table with wicked late movement? If he can throw that for strikes, he could throw it every time and BAA would be .115 I bet

Forty July 30, 2008 at 10:47 pm

2007 and beyond fernando rodney is a poor man’s 2006 fernando rodney

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

I thought Rodney was German.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

I have to turn the volume way down when the drums start pounding. Otherwise I get a headache.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Nick Punto is a homeless man’s Neifi Perez

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Here’s the game. HEEEEEERE we go.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Hello, intentional walk.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm

well this is just dandy.

Dylan July 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Wow. This is just greeeat.

Jay July 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Why would they walk Sizemore? They should have walked Shoppach!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Losing to Dave Delucci would be an IDEAL way to end this one.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Besides the HR, this damn rally started with a BB to Garko. Imagine that a walk.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm

WHY DOES THIS KIND OF THING ALWAYS FREAKING HAPPEN? I CAN’T TAKE IT!

Sean C. in Illinois July 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm

“What’s that sinking pitch he throws that just dives off the table with wicked late movement?”

I could be wrong, but I recall “seeing” that pitch on Gameday, where they called it a slider.

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 10:51 pm

walking in the winning run would be a fitting way for this one to end.

Kevin in Austin July 30, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Oh man JL, you gotta put in Seay here.

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Who the hell is going to catch in 12 hours?

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

we live.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

We have fewer errors. Does that mean we win?

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Yeah. Free baseball. I hope I see a game like this over the weekend.

JOE Z July 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

with tonight, thats 6 straight outtings by rodney, zumaya, jones combined. with earned runs allowed. GETTING VERY PATHETIC

Amanda July 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Whew! squeaked outta that one :| o and thanks for pointing out the drums.. now that’s all I hear..lol

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Raburn can catch I think.

Tbone July 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

That was tortuous.

We still need a closer.

Vince in MN July 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

30 pitches not counting the intentional pass. What kind of a closer is that?

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

mcb: why, hotshot prospect Dane Sardinha, of course

sky July 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

It’s hard to expect a win here, folks, although it would be nice to see one. Tiger fans should just know by experience that a walk-off for Cleveland is most likely. Not a lot else to say from what we have seen this year.

Taylor July 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Well, it’s official. We have the Rollercoaster… II.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

i have changed my mind… rodney CANNOT be our closer…. zumaya anyone?

Ryan In Brooklyn July 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

This game is driving me CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

How about you continue that awesome streak you’ve got going, Betancourt?

Forty July 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

In an ironic way, blaming todd jones for today would be kind of a microcosm of our reaction toward him for the season

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

Amanda – sorry. They do suck though.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Betancourt is SLOW

Joey the K in Portland OR July 30, 2008 at 10:56 pm

lets get a guy on third and score the winning run on a passed ball by Shoppach. then fling the bat.

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Betancourt and Rodney could combine for the longest inning ever

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

You can’t score the winning run. Just the go-ahead one.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm

I’m starting to wish they’d have given us the run we deserved when shoppach threw his glove at that ball

Shane Temporarily in Toledo July 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm

Repeat; Cabrera is awesome!

mcb July 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Cabrera needs a snack

Adam July 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Who’s pitching in the tenth?

ron July 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

This game should be over 13 to 12, maybe. It would have been nice to see Miggy barreling home from 3rd in the eighth instead of standing on the base telling the coach he thought it was a home run. He can make up for it now.

Joey the K in Portland OR July 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Isn’t Frankie Rodriguez a free agent after this season? hmmmmm…..

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

This Cleveland battery right now is so annoying.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Forty: I missed that play, what’s the rule there?

Coleman July 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

if they can just make it to Inge…I think he’s seething about not calling for a knockdown pitch on “mickey” slopcrotch

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

I can’t stand lifting Miguel for a pinch runner. Even if there’s a basehit, which is unlikely, he’s still on third with less than two outs. Ugh!

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

How about a wonder twin win here.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

and edgar most likely grounds into a double play

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Edgar (Mr. DP) scares the daylights out of me here.

Sox won 8-3

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Mark, I’m not sure, but the cle announcers thought they got away with one. And leyland didn’t like it.

The rule should read: if you’re a good for nothing pos with a girls name who flips bats like he’s never had a multihit game and you throw your glove at the ball like a clown, it’s an out. Or if you have silly sideburns.

Dylan July 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

great at bat edgar….

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Renteria strikes out and keeps the rally going!

Adam July 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Down to Inge?

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Yeah come on that’s just good situational k’ing

Tbone July 30, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Tigers heading for a 17 hit loss….

Mark P July 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Saw that Inge strike out coming a mile away.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Man, I feel horrible about the bottom of this inning

Dave BW July 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

I love Betancourt’s pre-pitch ritual. I think he should incorporate a yawn while stretching out his arms.

sky July 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

That was some really sickening lack of bat control by Renteria…..Inge not a lot better.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Someone shoot me now.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Nice finish to a promising inning. At least we still have Cabrer-oh, wait.

Incidentally,

If an umpire judges that a fielder intentionally throws his glove at a batted ball and the glove makes contact with the ball in any manner, the batter and all runners are awarded three bases (7.05c).

I missed the play, did Shoppach’s glove make contact with the ball?

Mike in CT July 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Shoppach ties MLB record with five extra base hits. Unreal.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 11:10 pm

The glove never did touch the ball, no. But the glove was indeed thrown intentionally.

I don’t understand that rule. How can you punish a player for being that coordinated?

Tbone July 30, 2008 at 11:11 pm

It didn’t appear as if his glove hit the ball.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:13 pm

Glove did not hit ball

RudeMood19 July 30, 2008 at 11:13 pm

This has been their problem all year (amongst others) not closing out games.

God. Oh, beautiful, leadoff single for Francisco

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Ground ball here bob

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:14 pm

In some sick way, I hope it’s Shoppach that drives in the winning run in this inning.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Hooray now it’s like a leadoff double! Thanks brandon!

Dylan July 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Pudge would have caught that one….

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

sweet. Passed ball.

I’m not even going to bother with the Pudge jokes. Feel free, everyone else.

RudeMood19 July 30, 2008 at 11:17 pm

great

runner on 2nd now….

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 11:17 pm

The Tigers never score lead-off doubles, so let’s hope the Indians are equally inept.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Wow terrible job by peralta, what are you thinking swinging at that?

Adam July 30, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Bad Juju.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Man seay looks pretty composed actually.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 11:19 pm

no need to walk shoppach here… go for the temple

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:19 pm

I say we give Kelly the 1 pitch walk.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Um, let’s walk Shoppach here, eh? Jimmuh?

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Manny traded to Green Bay for Brett Favre.

Wow, didn’t see that coming.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Yeah I love one of the indians announcers saying this is “the biggest decision of the ballgame” – I think it’s safe to say even sr. hunches couldn’t mess that up.

Come on bobby, pick up ingey!

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

it scares the piss out of me that bobby seay always feels the need to pitch out at 90 mph

ron July 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Pitch to him Jimmy, so they fire you.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Hehe +1 for the ramirez for favre line

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Inge, you are terrifying me back there

Jeff July 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Manny traded to Green Bay for Brett Favre.

ESPN’s head explodes.

David G. July 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm

We need a righty available here.

RudeMood19 July 30, 2008 at 11:25 pm

frig. Bases loaded 2 out, gawd i hate this, 2 innings in a freakin’ row…

West Coast Tiger July 30, 2008 at 11:25 pm

The bullpen is on crack

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 11:25 pm

does anyone else think that it seems like every tiger jersey in the crowd has a number 7 on the back?

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Oh come on seay get this loser out, 0-2! I’d say waste one, but inge would pb it…

David G. July 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Nice inning, Seay.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

bobby seay = closer???

RudeMood19 July 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

YES! BOBBY!

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

I’m going to pass out.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Sweet pitching ther Seay. Let’s get a run, and then end this game. I’m getting tired.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Bobby Seay for closer!!

Tbone July 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Drats – more misery awaits us I fear. Prove me wrong Tiggers! How about Miggy knocking one out?

Oh, never mind…

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Who needs k-rod, since the kelly jack, tigers pen has yet to allow a run. Boom.

RudeMood19 July 30, 2008 at 11:29 pm

ok come onnnnn guyss

stephen July 30, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Holy crap, I go out for dinner and hear a band and i come back and the baseball world has been scrambled and the Tigers are trying to pull off epic comeback! Wow, wow!

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:29 pm

@b-i-t, let’s get like 9 runs, just to play it safe

Cameron in Singapore July 30, 2008 at 11:30 pm

Wow, this is a crazy game…c’mon Tigers, please win this one…

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm

What are the odds granderson doesn’t hit a 500 foot bomb here?

ron July 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Has Chief Monday got a new moniker (Cap’n Tuesday)?

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm

We should trade for Tony Pena Jr. so we can run him out there to pitch the 11th inning.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Hows about a stolen base here.

ron July 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Farnsie in town yet?

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

4 singles and a walk for the best young left handed centerfielder in the game. You heard me cleveland.

billfer July 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

4 opposite field hits with 2 strikes for Grandy tonight.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Hit and run here Jimmuh…. do SOMETHING.

ron July 30, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Brian in Tampa, Sounds like a good move.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Oh man that’s rough

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

That blows.

Jeff July 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Tough play for Grandy. No win situation.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Kitty power right here, right now.

Sean C. in Illinois July 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm

Pudge for Tony Pena, Jr. = 2 birds 1 stone. What might have been.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm

Catt time baby!

ron July 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm

Hit and run would have been nice with Polly up.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Man joyce crushed that ball, long strike

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 11:40 pm

WOW

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Hm. Now MJ can put us front.

hint, hint.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Good job Joyce. I like him more and more. Sweet lefty stroke, and he’s showing much more patience.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Do you walk ordonez?

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm

I actually have full confidence in Santiago to get a single. Does Cleveland?

… Never mind.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm

Oh man. We totally need like 6 runs here.

Who’s pitching the 11th? Fossum and Zumaya left. Is Zoom available?

Tbone July 30, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Tigers heading for a 19 hit loss…

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Man, you throw maggs a fastball over the plate (but down) when you have santiago next and he pops the first pitch up. Yuck. Bu wouldn’t want anyone else up there…

David G. July 30, 2008 at 11:45 pm

That’s the end, Indians score here.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Maggs is making his case for choke artist.

Him and Thames.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Whoa that was strike two…

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Part of the reason for the 24 runs, 35 hits and 5 hours in this game is the ever-shrinking strike zone

David G. July 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Nice.

Chris July 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

I’m actualy hoping that Cleveland scores and gets this miserable game over

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

You do not run on curtis granderson!

David G. July 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Shut up, Chris.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

The corners of the strikezone have been gone all night. He won’t call anything there a strike.

Mike R July 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

This game is nuts, haha. Such a terrible game in like, every facet save for offense. Even then, it’s not like people have hit a ton of pitcher’s pitches. Oh man.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

I think I want Curtis to have an eighth at-bat.

Brian P July 30, 2008 at 11:50 pm

Chris, shoo! Go to bed!

David G. July 30, 2008 at 11:51 pm

How can you actually calll this a “miserable game”? Facing the All-Star starter they are in position to win (and were in the 9th as well) and are still in the game?

BTW, today is my 40th birthday, Tigs have to win!

Adam July 30, 2008 at 11:51 pm

I actually like the Indians announcers…they’re pretty good.

Adam July 30, 2008 at 11:51 pm

David. Then they have to win in the next eight minutes…

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Bobby seay has been pretty gritty today. He could have folded up the tent when inge pb’d the dude to second with no outs.

Chris July 30, 2008 at 11:53 pm

… I’m at work right now…. isn’t time for me to go to bed.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm

I love it, let’s play 12

David G. July 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm

I am good with that, Adam, they can get it done.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm

I hope JV has his A game tomorrow. The bullpen is shot, except for Farnsworth and maybe Zoom. Bobby is my hero.

ohiotiger July 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm

five k’s in 2 innings… i’m impressed bobby!

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Chris are you an investment banker? Dang son!

David G. July 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Chris, what the F do you do to be at work still?

stephen July 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Seay for president! Now get’em out of there, he’s at 47 pitches.

Anson July 30, 2008 at 11:56 pm

We still have fossum sitting in there.

Brian in Tampa July 30, 2008 at 11:57 pm

You said fossum.

Mark in Chicago July 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Santiago is going deep here. Wouldn’t that be ironic?

David G. July 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm

I don’t quite get why he replaced Cabrera, but that may be just me. Keep the Big Bat in the lineup.

Forty July 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Yup it’s chief monday alright

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:00 am

Come on sheff, hgh one out of here for ol’ times sake

Chris July 31, 2008 at 12:01 am

Architect in California… It’s a lite nite for me

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:01 am

Chief
It’s now Wednesday.

Kathy July 31, 2008 at 12:02 am

They replaced Cabrera with a pinch runner so the runner could actually score from 2nd base if someone got a hit. Cabrera is not exactly a speedster on the bases. Leyland was counting on a hit.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:02 am

Even money says Sheff is running

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:02 am

Sheff. has 4 hits. Only in a 12 inning game.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:03 am

4 hits for sheff? too bad I don’t remember any except the last one.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:03 am

Wow that was well inside

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:04 am

Good hit and run count, oh wait, that pitch that was 8 inches inside was a strike

David G. July 31, 2008 at 12:05 am

Yeah, I got it Kathy. I just don’t grasp the alleged strategy.

David G. July 31, 2008 at 12:05 am

Super.

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:06 am

Renteria…a pile of suck.

Anson July 31, 2008 at 12:07 am

Trade Renteria for a ham sandwich!

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:09 am

Every inning the leadoff man gets on. Unreal.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

Man edgar, that would have been absolutely sick

stephen July 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

Seriously, Renteria possibly the worst regular in the American League. Good thing he’s on a one-year contract making the minimum. Oh, wait.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:11 am

Almost an incredible play by the ham sandwich.

RudeMood19 July 31, 2008 at 12:11 am

uh oh, bad feeling about this inning :(

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:11 am

Renteria…almost redeemed himself. Almost.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:11 am

Chris, you’re about to get your wish

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:12 am

Casey Fossum slowly turning into a poor man’s Todd Jones

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:13 am

That was a cute play if jim called it

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:15 am

Come on fossum, k him

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:15 am

Hit Kelly to end the game.

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:16 am

Hahahaha. Game over. Fossum sucks.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:16 am

Everybody in!

greg July 31, 2008 at 12:17 am

Fossum always has, and always will be a loss waiting to happen.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:17 am

Goodness. Why is Casey Fossum on a big league roster again?

Of course, Kelly (Micky Mantle) Shoppach is the guy to beat us.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:18 am

Brian in Tampa, that was very funny.

And I agree with you!

Mike R July 31, 2008 at 12:19 am

Figures that Fossum’s string of good outings would come to a close in this game.

Edit: I’d LOVE to see him drop in the Eephus right now on 3-2.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:19 am

Wouldn’t have minded a little help from the ump there

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:19 am

ephus for a strike.

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:19 am

I don’t know why I just turned this on to watch…

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:20 am

Holy crap.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:20 am

Fossum practically out of the inning

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:20 am

Seriously, they’re like the Tigers. Here, you can win. Do it. And then they don’t.

Mike R July 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

JUST LIKE I SAID FOSSUM WOULD GET OUT OF IT!

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

No way that just happened. I love it!!

ohiotiger July 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

unbelieveable

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

Yes yes yes yes! Never a doubt!

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

ARE YOU !@#$ING KIDDING ME.

Kyle J July 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

Unbelievable. I can’t take much more of this.

Who pitches after Fossum?

RudeMood19 July 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

FOSSUM U SOB, putting me thru hel;l like that, lol thank GAWD!

Kevin in Austin July 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

Wow. wow. wow.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

no way.

talk about wtf

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

Lucky 13?!

Inge, Guillen, Grandy.

Shane Temporarily in Toledo July 31, 2008 at 12:23 am

Open another beer everybody!

Kevin in Austin July 31, 2008 at 12:23 am

I think Fossum goes 2 more unless another 30 pitch inning, then maybe Miner, possibly Inge if we are up a few runs.

Edit: Kenny warming up.

greg July 31, 2008 at 12:23 am

That my friends, is the most shocking event I’ve seen the entire season.

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:24 am

Funny thing is the way this game started with Lee on the mound, who would have thought we are all still here. Runs please.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:24 am

Indians have had the bases loaded in the 9th, 10th, and 12th and scored exactly zero runs.

That is so Tigers.

stephen July 31, 2008 at 12:24 am

Excellent! Just saw the highlights of Jones-Shoppach at-bat. Jones got totally jobbed, Shoppach got five strikes.

Mike R July 31, 2008 at 12:25 am

Kevin: If Inge has to take the mound, who catches?

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:25 am

Lovin’ the “Let’s Go Tigers” chant.

Chris July 31, 2008 at 12:25 am

easily the craziest Tiger game of ’08

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:26 am

Kenny? Interesting.

This is highly entertaining.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

If Inge takes the mound, Inge catches, of course! He’s uber-athletic.

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

We’re apparently warming Kenny Rogers.

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

I’m looking for a Grandy 3 bagger here.

Greg in Albuquerque July 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

We need to get some people on base and get to Polanco and then the heart of the order.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

Alright nice knock carlos, do it grandy. Do it.

Mike R July 31, 2008 at 12:28 am

This just in: The Tigers have signed Shane Halter to pitch the bottom of the 13th.

Kevin in Austin July 31, 2008 at 12:28 am

Mike R – Sardinha is on the bench. Note guys that despite the past few innings, the Tigers have stranded more team and individual runners than have the Indians.

Edit: Check that, the Indians have individually stranded 27 runners to our 23, but team LOB is now 13-13. Hopefully we don’t add to that here.

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

Grandy sure is boosting my fantasy stats. :)

ohiotiger July 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

do it one more time polly!

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

Rally caps!!!

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

Polly sac fly? PLEASE?!

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:30 am

…and still loving “Let’s Go Tigers” :)

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:30 am

Damn, Curtis is good.

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:30 am

1 is good, but 2 would be great.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

Yeah baby! Finish it catt, let’s take some pressure off possum.

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

Good enough. Bad play by the 3B.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

hey, a run!

please pile on. C’mon Maggs.

Greg in Albuquerque July 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

P-O-L-A-N-C-O!!!

Mike R July 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

Let’s take the pressure off and have Joyce go yard.

Edit: Or force the error. Hahahahaha. This is such a great game.

Kevin in Austin July 31, 2008 at 12:32 am

Play by play guys seem to think that Marte could have had Guillen at home…I’ll take it. But let’s go yard here Joyce to make it a non-issue.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:32 am

er, Joyce.

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:32 am

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

More bad play, another run.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

hey, another run!!

please keep scoring. note we have Fossum and Rogers available. we’ll need every run we can get.

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

Ooooo-eeee-oooo

err – nevermind … go Fossum!

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

Tigers fans willing the team to victory at the jake…er at progressive field

Walewander July 31, 2008 at 12:34 am

Games like this make me glad to live on the West Coast.

Absolutely epic.

Mike R July 31, 2008 at 12:34 am

This is the most bizzare game I’ve seen in a long, long time. And I’ve only been able to watch since the 7th inning.

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:34 am

22 hits. Wow.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:35 am

good clean game tonight, boys. well-played.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:36 am

Naughty fossum. You throw strikes or sky will spank you.

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:37 am

Throw strikes jerky.

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:37 am

Do all our relief pitchers aspire to be the second coming of Todd Jones?

JML July 31, 2008 at 12:37 am

Pull the pitcher, he got LUCKY in the 12th! :-P

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:37 am

oh my goodness. Fossum walks the leadoff man. Unreal.

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:38 am

I will be fully surprised if the Indians don’t come back to tie and or win this game.

Greg in Albuquerque July 31, 2008 at 12:38 am

Thank god we scored 2.

Kevin in Austin July 31, 2008 at 12:38 am

We’ve got a nice little WHIP of approx 2.3 for the night…

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:39 am

Guess that makes up for the DP in the 12th.

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:39 am

Man almost turned two, would have rather faced sizemore where he couldn’t tie it with one swing.

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:40 am

One out to get, and it’s David Dellucci.

EDIT. …and it’s Jamey Carrol.

West Coast Tiger July 31, 2008 at 12:40 am

486 comments wow!

Bobby Seay for closer

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:41 am

Down to the last strike…glad it’s not carlos quentin

ohiotiger July 31, 2008 at 12:41 am

2 outs, 1 on, and the batter isn’t kelly shoppach… i guess i’m confident enough to go to bed… good game boys

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:41 am

“Let’s Go Tigers!”

:-D

Mike R July 31, 2008 at 12:41 am

Tigers win! Who had Casey Fossum with a strikeout to close this out in the pool before the game?

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

Let’s play possum!

“486 comments wow!”

yeah, but that’s like 20 per hour….

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

where’s the eephus!?!?

Brian in Tampa July 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

Thank you lefty relievers. Good night all. It was fun as usual.

Adam July 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

OH MY GOD. WE WON?! WE FREAKING WON?

Kevin in Austin July 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

Baseball is fun.

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

Alright, if this isn’t the turning point of this season, I don’t know what is.

Now let’s make the push for the playoffs!

Chief Monday July 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

YES!! Best comeback win of the season for the Tigers!!!

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:43 am

Nice comeback from 8-1, way to get a win with cliff lee going against nate dogg. Is this a turning point? Only 4 losses out of wild card…

Tater July 31, 2008 at 12:43 am

Man, I really wish I was a smoker because a cigarette sure sounds good right now.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:43 am

wowwy. thank god that’s over. miraculously we hung on. we have no bullpen for tomorrow, Verlander, you’re going 9.

nite all!

stephen July 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

Nice!!!!!!!

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

Also: 13 innings of catching for Inge: studlike. so he gets tomorrow off, right? oh…..

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

also, trade nate.

for a ham sandwich.

Kevin in Austin July 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

I’m with you Steve. A nice start from JV tomorrow to get us to 4 over could go a looong way.

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:45 am

5:33. Five hours and thirty three minutes. Dayyum.

Cameron in Singapore July 31, 2008 at 12:45 am

Wow! Awesome lucky win…

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 12:46 am

Just think how much it would’ve sucked to LOSE this one in the 13th…YEAH it’s a great win…

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 12:47 am

Worlds best consolation prize? Marlins can’t land Pudge, grab Manny instead?

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:47 am

shoppach better not have tomorrow off. His temple has a date with jv’s heater.

T Smith July 31, 2008 at 12:47 am

This game officially makes up for one of the handful-and-a-half the Tigers have blown in the same fashion the Indians blew this one.

Six or seven to make up and we’ll call it even.

JML July 31, 2008 at 12:47 am

Thank you boys! We need you to keep grinding it out, please please please.

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 12:48 am

Seriously though, we gotta stop this sort of nonsense (see: Seattle Mariners, C):

Indians catcher Kelly Shoppach tied a major league record Wednesday night with five extra-base hits — two home runs and three doubles

Chris July 31, 2008 at 12:48 am

Boy is that trade for Farnsworth ever looking like a good idea. And Rodney cannot be the closer…. No freaken way

Chief Monday July 31, 2008 at 12:49 am

That was Rollercoaster 2.0

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 12:51 am

also, trade nate.
for a ham sandwich.

You’re not thinking…trade nate for a ham sandwich AND a thermos of coffee, that’s the ticket

Forty July 31, 2008 at 12:51 am

Verlander goes 7, hands ball to zoom, hands ball to farnsworth, who blows save. Ham sandwich gets the win in extras.

Vince in MN July 31, 2008 at 12:52 am

Indians had 14 baserunners in the last five innings and only scored one run. And that was on a homer! Is that clutch pitching by the Tigers or what?

Steve in OH July 31, 2008 at 12:52 am

Well it’s way beyond bedtime… glad I got to witness the end of that live tho.

Onward and upward in the standings we go!

(and yea, good thing we got another pitcher for the pen today, sheesh…)

Chief Monday July 31, 2008 at 12:52 am

12:05 is game time for the finally. looking forward to seeing Farnsworth.

Jason July 31, 2008 at 12:53 am

That was a character-building win. Let’s congratulate our young men for a manly effort tonight. That, and make Farnsworth the closer at once.

RudeMood19 July 31, 2008 at 12:53 am

I hate that trade. It just cleared cap space….There was a reason Yankee fans called Kyle Farnsworth, ‘Farnsworthless’….and Pudge is actually hitting close to .300 too….Man, i was hoping we coulda gotten back Humberto Sanchez ;)

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 12:53 am

Wait till Farnsworth finds out he’s the starting Catcher tomorrow…

Tony P July 31, 2008 at 12:56 am

If Farnsworth was paying attention to this game….he better have been on his way to Cleveland, just in case he got there and the game was still going on.

Chris July 31, 2008 at 12:59 am

Actualy, I’ve read somewhere that scouts speak highly of Kelly Shoppach as a MLB catcher. He could be a regular everyday catcher on most teams, but Cleveland has Martinez.

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 12:59 am

Farnsworth’s debut as catcher: Farnsworth (from on-deck circle): OK let’s go, this doesn’t seem so hard. Indian batter: Hey dumbass, get behind the plate. Farnsworth: who you calling dumbass, you mother– Indian batter: Hey, you can’t…ahh! @#!! holy #!@#@. Farnsworth: does that count as an out?

Joey the K in Portland OR July 31, 2008 at 1:00 am

I knew when I got home and turned the game on and it was 8-1 that we would win!!! Never any doubt.

Actually very glad I didn’t turn it off and do some yard work. I was planning on not drinking tonight, and didn’t start til the 9th inning, now I’m out of beers!

And Vince I agree, the Cle announcers are good, I never mind watching them. Rod and Mario weren’t in HD so had to go with the Indins broadcast, would never do that with hawk and dj.

I think I also owe fossum an apology for saying he sucks about 18 times during the last 2 innings when I was upset that he was pitching. Good job (kinda) Casey.

Dylan July 31, 2008 at 1:02 am

Wow. What a game. At least we got the W. Gotta have Verlander bring his A game and get us the series win tomorrow.

Joey the K in Portland OR July 31, 2008 at 1:05 am

After grinding this one out, we really need to win tomorrow. Get an early lead so JV can show sloppcrotch what we think about his little bat flip.

Awesome that he had 5 extra-base hits but struck out with the bases loaded, thats what he’ll remember. CHOKE!!!

Shane Temporarily in Toledo July 31, 2008 at 1:14 am

That has to be the most emotionally draining win of the year. A win that can start a hot streak or a losing streak. I vote for winning. 12pm tomorrow and Carmona looked awful last time, but so did Verlander.The Tigers need the win more.

Joel in Seattle July 31, 2008 at 1:14 am

You know, Jones had a pretty good outing. 1 hit, no walks, a strikeout in 1.1 innings…

Chief Monday July 31, 2008 at 1:17 am

Who cares what NY fans think about Farnsworth? These are the same fans that hate AROD one minute, then the next minute they love him.

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 1:21 am

Joey the Harrington in Portland: ” Get an early lead so JV can show sloppcrotch what we think”

damn, I knew I should have trademarked the slopcrotch bit

Adam July 31, 2008 at 1:21 am

Besides, “Farnsworthless” is an easy one to come up with even if it isn’t true.

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 1:22 am

But I agree tomorrow’s game will be accompanied by the chin music opera

Adam July 31, 2008 at 1:23 am

I have a question. Would we have won this game with Pudge catching?

Maybe si, maybe no. Maybe the pitching gives up less runs. Maybe Pudge doesn’t hit in any of the rallies. He sure as heck doesn’t walk like Inge did.

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 1:25 am

“He sure as heck doesn’t walk like Inge did.”

nope, he walks more like this: OK, well, I’m sure you get the idea of the joke even without the visual…

Coleman July 31, 2008 at 1:26 am

Besides, as a catcher, Inge just OWNS the 13th inning….

Joey the K in Portland OR July 31, 2008 at 1:41 am

Coleman, Sloppcrotch is very fitting for the venom I (and others) feel for him, I give you 100% credit for it. Nice work son.

But we can’t have JV get tossed early, the bullpen is a bit worked….

Just like the game I was at in Seattle, if you’re gonna watch 13 innings we sure as hell better get the W!

judpma July 31, 2008 at 4:00 am

just got back to California was the game any good tonight???
the only reason I am jumping in is in case this is a world blog game record…what do you say Billfer

billfer July 31, 2008 at 5:33 am

I hate that trade. It just cleared cap space….There was a reason Yankee fans called Kyle Farnsworth, ‘Farnsworthless’….and Pudge is actually hitting close to .300 too….Man, i was hoping we coulda gotten back Humberto Sanchez

But it’s also worth pointing out that many Yankees fans hate A-rod so take what they say with a grain of salt. :)

Kyle J July 31, 2008 at 8:40 am
Ryan P July 31, 2008 at 8:51 am

By the way, correction on the rule about awarding 3 bases for the thrown glove incident:

7.05(e) Two bases, if a fielder deliberately throws his glove at and touches a thrown ball. The ball is in play; In applying (b c d e) the umpire must rule that the thrown glove or detached cap or mask has touched the ball. There is no penalty if the ball is not touched.

Three bases was for a batted ball. Anyways, doesn’t matter because he didn’t touch it, but interesting nonetheless.

Dylan July 31, 2008 at 9:16 am

Griffey to the White Sox….

tiff July 31, 2008 at 9:26 am

just heard about Ken Griffey to the Wrong Sox…. sigh…

ron July 31, 2008 at 9:44 am

Pudge makes the front and back page of N.Y. Post and Daily News. It’s mentioned when Joba Chamberlain became a starter this year, Kyle pitched in 20 games and the Yankees went 17 and 3, giving up 12 hits in 18 innings, fanning 20, walking 7 and dropped his ERA from 4.44 to 3.65. Let’s hope he answers the bell for Detroit.

Brian P July 31, 2008 at 9:51 am

Unreal. I finished watching this one in the comfort of my bed after Fossum loaded the bases with no outs.

Billfer, I was expecting the Nate vitriol regardless of the win. Can we still get it? Please?

Also, Fossum needs to be ousted by Clay Rapada. This is getting ridiculous. Rapada is to our lefty situation in the bullpen as Lariano is to the Twins’ rotation (okay, that’s way off, but whatever).

I saw the Griffey Jr. trade took place as well. Ha! They can have him. I highly doubt he makes any difference for them — and if they want to plug him into center, that may be a positive for the Tigers. Do they really expect him to cover enough ground? I’m more worried about them getting Huston Street.

Ryan P July 31, 2008 at 9:55 am

Should be interesting to see what the Sox give up if this goes through.

I’m not really worried about the direct impact he’ll make, more worried about the fact that this trade may really fire up the Sox more than ever.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 10:04 am

Looks like the Sox gave up prospects. My guess is Griffey plays center, which means it’s about a week until he gets hurt.

Griff is marginally more productive than Konerko and Swisher, from whom he’ll take playing time. Unless there’s a bullpen arm involved, this isn’t that big a deal. Kenny Williams had an infatuation with Griffey though. Man-crush, even.

tiff July 31, 2008 at 10:14 am

oh, LOL at “Miguel Cabrera is kinda good”…two thoughts… he is our new Pudgy one, and it’s like his voodoo doll has him trying to catch up with Hamilton for the RBI lead.

Chris in Dallas July 31, 2008 at 10:26 am

I can’t remember a Tigers game of recent vintage quite like that one. Pretty nutty. I’m going to carve out some space to give some dap to Gil. I was a little hard on the Fat One earlier (though not as hard as a lot of people), so I shall make amends. He’s an absolutely remarkable talent with the bat in his hands. You can substitute his name for Pudge’s in billfer’s love-fest post. It’s going to be fun to watch him for as long as he’s here and we should all appreciate it.

Chris in Dallas July 31, 2008 at 10:28 am

I’m more worried about them getting Huston Street.

See 2006 ALCS, Game 4. :)

Brian P July 31, 2008 at 10:37 am

Yes, yes. Magglio doesn’t mind seeing Street. But the rest of the AL seems to. :P

On second thought. Going over his stats this year, he’s not as steady as years past. Do it Kenny, do it!

ron July 31, 2008 at 10:40 am

I Rod is, at this moment, sitting in his first Kabbalah class with Madonna.

Chris in Dallas July 31, 2008 at 10:45 am

If Pudge’s HoF plaque features him wearing a Yankees cap, I’ll vomit with rage.

Ryan P July 31, 2008 at 10:46 am

No person in their right mind would give Pudge a Yankees (or any other) cap instead of a Rangers cap.

Oh, and apparently the Marlins offered prospects for Pudge yesterday (again), but DD wanted a bullpen arm now.

Chris in Dallas July 31, 2008 at 10:52 am

Ryan: I just read that. I wonder if the prospects were Maybin and Trahern…

Sean C. in Illinois July 31, 2008 at 10:57 am

Wild, freaky, impossible game. I’m so glad the Tigers won. Losing that one would have been way beyond “not funny.”

Mighta smashed the record for game thread posts, too. I was wondering, after that 500+ Friday night heartbreaker against the Sox, whether DTW commentators would have enough faith left in the Tigers to ever approach that number of posts again in 2008. Obviously, the fire still burns.

Chris in Dallas July 31, 2008 at 10:59 am

We have an afternoon contest to comment on today. Verlander needs to go all 9. And also drill Kelly Shoppach in the face.

Sean C. in Illinois July 31, 2008 at 11:02 am

“I wonder if the prospects were Maybin and Trahern…”

FuneralOnAShip has been taking on water lately, but I still wouldn’t mind having him back. And of course, I continue to beat the drum for Mike Rabelo, Catcher Of The Future.

Carolyn July 31, 2008 at 11:03 am

Hey everyone. Back from Australia and I’m finally over the jet lag. That game last night was insane. Wonderful win, but they need to get their closer situation worked out, pronto.

Sean C. in Illinois July 31, 2008 at 11:12 am

As long as Miguel “Closer Insurance Policy” Cabrera keeps driving in more runs than the closers allow, the Tigers are golden.

Chris in Dallas July 31, 2008 at 11:14 am

Carolyn: Does the water really flush down the toilet in the opposite direction down there?

Sean C. in Illinois July 31, 2008 at 11:20 am

That’s a myth, Chris. Look up Coriolis Effect (I think) on Wikipedia.

But now I’m curious about how White Sox pitching would perform in an Australian toilet. Would it improve down the stretch there?

Andrew July 31, 2008 at 11:20 am

I know I pointed this out last night when the Tigers pulled to within 8-6, but for those that tuned in late this is what I wrote at 7:50pm

“Lets see if this club shows any heart tonight when no one expects them to. Whether or not they even make the playoffs – that will tell me if they have what it takes to be Champs.”

The Tigers showed me some heart last night, er this morning when they just kept hanging in there until they were able to win it.

Also, if slopcrotch plays today and does not get the chin music – it’s a baseball sin. If anyone needed deserves it – he does. Bat tossing hooligan.

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 11:24 am

Nick Masset and Danny Richar for Griffey (pending his approval).

I like this. Griff is moderately more prodecutive than the bats he’d replace, while Massett is a solid reliever, so he weakens that area for them (and the rest of the pen isn’t so hot right now).

Unless Trader Kenny swings a deal for another arm, this deal doesn’t change much (meaning the Sox will continue to implode).

Chris in Dallas July 31, 2008 at 11:26 am

I like it because Griffey will have to play in the field. He’s no longer much of a defender.

Ryan P July 31, 2008 at 11:30 am

No slopcrotch today :(

And our lineup is scrubtastic. Does Maggs really need this many days off?

Mark in Chicago July 31, 2008 at 11:31 am

Griff approved the trade

Without looking at the numbers, my gut likes this Sox deal.

Chris in Dallas July 31, 2008 at 11:37 am

BTW today’s game is very very important to win, what with the upcoming Tampa-Chicago apocalypse.

judpma July 31, 2008 at 11:39 am

Sean continues to beat the drum for Mike Rabelo, Catcher Of The Future.

I would like to hit that drum also

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