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Game 107: Tigers at Indians

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.

Posted by on July 30, 2008.

Categories: 2008 Season, Game Post

576 Responses

  1. 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?

    by charlie on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:01 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:25 pm

  3. 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.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:27 pm

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

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:35 pm

  5. 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.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:38 pm

  6. Atta boy Nate!

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:39 pm

  7. It’s a giveaway now.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:39 pm

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

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:39 pm

  9. I am depressed.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:40 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

  11. 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.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

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

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

  13. 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.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:44 pm

  14. 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.

    by greg on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:45 pm

  15. 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.

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm

  16. Nice job by Nate throwing a clunker out there.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm

  17. Yeah

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm

  18. No shutout at least.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm

  19. 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.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:56 pm

  20. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

  21. 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.

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:58 pm

  22. 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”.

    by Kathy on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:59 pm

  23. 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)

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:01 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:03 pm

  25. 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.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

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

    ERA 6.02 – Holy crap.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

  27. “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.”

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

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

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:06 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:06 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:07 pm

  31. 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.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

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

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

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

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

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

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:09 pm

  37. Why isn’t Farnsworth warming up yet?

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:09 pm

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

    Robertson is not helping his trade value.

    by Mark P on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:09 pm

  39. 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.

    by Palmcroft on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:11 pm

  40. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:12 pm

  41. 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?

    by Tater on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:13 pm

  42. 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.

    by Amanda on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:13 pm

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

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm

  44. Aw, come on, we’re only down by 6.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:15 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:15 pm

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

    by Amanda on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm

  47. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:20 pm

  48. 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.

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:23 pm

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

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm

  50. 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.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:28 pm

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

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:29 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:30 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:31 pm

  54. “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.

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:32 pm

  55. 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?

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:32 pm

  56. Ohio:

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

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

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

    by billfer on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:36 pm

  59. 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.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:36 pm

  60. come on marcus… get country strong!

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:36 pm

  61. Well OK I guess that works also.

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:37 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:38 pm

  63. Cabrera…please. something.

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:39 pm

  64. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm

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

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

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

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

  67. 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?

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

  68. 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…

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:44 pm

  69. Lee must have been pitching to contact.
    :)

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:44 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm

  71. 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?

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm

  72. “Lee must have been pitching to contact.”

    He was quite successful then

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:46 pm

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

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:47 pm

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

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:49 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:49 pm

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

    by billfer on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:50 pm

  77. 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.

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:51 pm

  78. 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.

    by Kyle J on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:52 pm

  79. Andrew

    I’m pumped after reading your post. :)

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:53 pm

  80. 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.

    by charlie on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:53 pm

  81. Nice job, Coolio Lopez :)

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

  82. still some magic in that #45 after cecil!

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

  83. Great work Lopez. That was a little scary there.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

  85. Nice comeback by “Aqui” there.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

  86. 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.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

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

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

  88. 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.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

  89. Huh. Brandon Inge is choking up with 2 strikes.

    by billfer on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:01 pm

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

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm

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

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:07 pm

  93. HA HA HA!! Thanks Perez.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

  95. nice to finally get a couple of errors back

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm

  98. Get Country Strong Marcus!

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

  99. And we complain about our bullpen?

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

  100. 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.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm

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

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm

  102. Come on Maggs!

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:13 pm

  103. The Funk Dr. has become the funk Dr.

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

  104. Another blown opportunity.

    by Mark P on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

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

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

  107. 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.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

  108. *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.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:16 pm

  110. 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.

    by Steve on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:16 pm

  111. 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.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:17 pm

  112. 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.

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:18 pm

  113. Ben Francisco? Really?

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:20 pm

  114. 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?

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm

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

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm

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

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:22 pm

  117. Here comes Jonesy!

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:23 pm

  118. at least he only has to get one out

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:26 pm

  119. And just why is he not our closer anymore?

    Sheesh

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

  120. Yuk that stinks

    by Steve on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

  121. Well, I guess that settles that!

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

  122. lord have mercy

    by Amanda on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

  123. incredible. just #*@&! incredible.

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

  124. 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.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

  126. Jones trying his very hardest to get DFA’d

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

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

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

  131. 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?

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

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

    by Jeff on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

  133. 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.

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm

  134. 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.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm

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

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

  136. Nachos Andrew, NACHOS!!

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

  137. Jones has to get released…. He is useless

    by Chris on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

  138. Brian –

    Nachos sound excellent! Thanks for the idea :)

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

  139. Andrew:

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

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:34 pm

  141. The Yanks should have traded for Shoppach.

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:35 pm

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

    :D Nice one Joel

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm

  143. 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.

    by Jeff on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm

  144. 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?

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:37 pm

  145. Is anyone else following the Manny Ramirez three ring circus?

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:38 pm

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

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm

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

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm

  149. I hate touchy, feely, besides my wife.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:44 pm

  150. 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.

    by Andrew on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:44 pm

  151. 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.

    by Shane Temporarily in Toledo on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:45 pm

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

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:46 pm

  153. This game = The Tigers 2008 season.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:46 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:48 pm

  155. 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.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:55 pm

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

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:55 pm

  157. 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.

    by billfer on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:57 pm

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

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:57 pm

  159. Thames shows up. Awesome.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm

  160. 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

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm

  161. Gee, without Jones it is 9-9

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:02 pm

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

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm

  163. WOW! UNFRICKENBELIEVABLE!!

    by Amanda on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm

  164. 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.

    by Jeff on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm

  165. No matter what happens…what a game!

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm

  166. 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.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

  167. And thats why you always run the bases kids.

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

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

  168. 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.

    by Palmcroft on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm

  169. Come on sheff

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm

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

    by ron on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm

  171. I love this game!!

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm

  172. How many cigs have Jimmuh sneaked off for tonight?

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm

  173. This is a night of WTF baseball.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm

  174. 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.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm

  175. Zoom time.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm

  176. Holy wow, seriously? 11-11? WTF?

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm

  177. 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.

    by Shane Temporarily in Toledo on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

  178. 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.

    by ron on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

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

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

  181. 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.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm

  182. 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…

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:19 pm

  183. Andrew

    How was the snack?

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

  184. “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

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

  185. Ok, Inge is On.

    Carlos in

    by Steve on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:22 pm

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

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:25 pm

  187. Polanco had better not pop out.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

  188. Nice work setting up the scoring chance.

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

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

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

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

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

  192. Atta boy Polly.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

  193. Nice work Polly.

    Times for Marcus to put the icing on right here.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

  194. come on marcus, no more Ks

    by Dylan on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:30 pm

  195. Marcus has his second golden sombrero for the trophy case.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm

  196. Defensive replacements activate!

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm

  197. OK, thanks anyway, Marcus.

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm

  198. ouch MarKKKKus.

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm

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

    by Shane Temporarily in Toledo on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm

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

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:34 pm

  202. Is a one run need enough for Rodney?

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

    by greg on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:35 pm

  203. K! Two to go

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm

  204. Big K there.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm

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

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm

  206. good changeup, Rodney.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

  207. Good Lord. What the hell has gotten into him?

    by Jeff on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

  208. Shoppach. Seriously, what the hell.

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

  209. I knew it.

    by greg on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

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

    shoulda hit him.

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:37 pm

  211. Wow, you have got to be kidding me.

    by Dylan on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

  212. Man. Unbelievable. Kelly frigging Shoppach.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

  213. I knew we should have drilled him.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

  214. Kill me

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

  215. I !@#ING HATE KELLY SHOPPACH.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

  216. How frustrating must this be for the offense.

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

  217. absolutely incredible.

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm

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

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm

  220. Hahahahahahahahaha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHaHAHAHAHA.

    THIS GAME IS HILARIOUS.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm

  221. 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)

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm

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

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm

  223. Why didn’t they just intentionally walk Shoppach?

    by Jay on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm

  224. Rodney gets in trouble with his change up

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

  225. A walk. awesome

    by greg on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

  228. We really could have used that extra run I predicted.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:44 pm

  229. Strikes tilty, strikes

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:44 pm

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

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

  231. Asdrubal Cabrera is a poor man’s Nick Punto.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

  232. Mark in Chicago

    I was hoping for it myself.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

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

    If we get that far.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

  234. 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.

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

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

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

  236. 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

    by greg on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:47 pm

  237. 2007 and beyond fernando rodney is a poor man’s 2006 fernando rodney

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:47 pm

  238. I thought Rodney was German.

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

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

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

  240. Nick Punto is a homeless man’s Neifi Perez

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

  241. Here’s the game. HEEEEEERE we go.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

  242. Hello, intentional walk.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

  243. well this is just dandy.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm

  244. Wow. This is just greeeat.

    by Dylan on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm

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

    by Jay on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm

  249. “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.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm

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

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:51 pm

  251. Oh man JL, you gotta put in Seay here.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:51 pm

  252. Who the hell is going to catch in 12 hours?

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

  253. we live.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

  254. We have fewer errors. Does that mean we win?

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

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

    by JOE Z on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

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

    by Amanda on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

  258. Raburn can catch I think.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

  259. That was tortuous.

    We still need a closer.

    by Tbone on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

  260. 30 pitches not counting the intentional pass. What kind of a closer is that?

    by Vince in MN on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

  261. mcb: why, hotshot prospect Dane Sardinha, of course

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

  262. 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.

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

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

    by Taylor on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

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

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

  265. This game is driving me CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Ryan In Brooklyn on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

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

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

  268. Amanda – sorry. They do suck though.

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

  269. Betancourt is SLOW

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:56 pm

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

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:56 pm

  271. Betancourt and Rodney could combine for the longest inning ever

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm

  274. Repeat; Cabrera is awesome!

    by Shane Temporarily in Toledo on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm

  275. Cabrera needs a snack

    by mcb on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

  276. Who’s pitching in the tenth?

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

  277. 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.

    by ron on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

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

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

  279. This Cleveland battery right now is so annoying.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:00 pm

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

    by Coleman on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

  282. 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!

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

  283. How about a wonder twin win here.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

  284. and edgar most likely grounds into a double play

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

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

    Sox won 8-3

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:02 pm

  286. 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.

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:03 pm

  287. great at bat edgar….

    by Dylan on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

  288. Renteria strikes out and keeps the rally going!

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

  289. Down to Inge?

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:05 pm

  291. Tigers heading for a 17 hit loss….

    by Tbone on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:07 pm

  292. Saw that Inge strike out coming a mile away.

    by Mark P on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

  293. Man, I feel horrible about the bottom of this inning

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

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

    by Dave BW on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

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

    by sky on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

  296. Someone shoot me now.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

  297. 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?

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

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

    by Mike in CT on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

  299. 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?

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:10 pm

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

    by Tbone on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  301. Glove did not hit ball

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:13 pm

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

    God. Oh, beautiful, leadoff single for Francisco

    by RudeMood19 on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:13 pm

  303. Ground ball here bob

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:14 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:14 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

  306. Pudge would have caught that one….

    by Dylan on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

  307. sweet. Passed ball.

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

  308. great

    runner on 2nd now….

    by RudeMood19 on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:17 pm

  311. Bad Juju.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:18 pm

  312. Man seay looks pretty composed actually.

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:19 pm

  313. no need to walk shoppach here… go for the temple

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:19 pm

  314. I say we give Kelly the 1 pitch walk.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:19 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:20 pm

  316. Manny traded to Green Bay for Brett Favre.

    Wow, didn’t see that coming.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

  317. 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!

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

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

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

  319. Pitch to him Jimmy, so they fire you.

    by ron on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

  320. Hehe +1 for the ramirez for favre line

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:22 pm

  321. Inge, you are terrifying me back there

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:23 pm

  322. Manny traded to Green Bay for Brett Favre.

    ESPN’s head explodes.

    by Jeff on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm

  323. We need a righty available here.

    by David G. on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm

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

    by RudeMood19 on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:25 pm

  325. The bullpen is on crack

    by West Coast Tiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:25 pm

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

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:25 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:25 pm

  328. Nice inning, Seay.

    by David G. on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

  329. bobby seay = closer???

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

  330. YES! BOBBY!

    by RudeMood19 on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

  331. I’m going to pass out.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

  333. Bobby Seay for closer!!

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

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

    Oh, never mind…

    by Tbone on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

  336. ok come onnnnn guyss

    by RudeMood19 on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:29 pm

  337. 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!

    by stephen on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:29 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:29 pm

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

    by Cameron in Singapore on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm

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

    by ron on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm

  343. Hows about a stolen base here.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm

  344. Farnsie in town yet?

    by ron on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

  345. 4 singles and a walk for the best young left handed centerfielder in the game. You heard me cleveland.

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

  346. 4 opposite field hits with 2 strikes for Grandy tonight.

    by billfer on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

  347. Hit and run here Jimmuh…. do SOMETHING.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

  348. Brian in Tampa, Sounds like a good move.

    by ron on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:34 pm

  349. Oh man that’s rough

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

  350. That blows.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

  351. Tough play for Grandy. No win situation.

    by Jeff on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

  352. Kitty power right here, right now.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm

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

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm

  354. Catt time baby!

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm

  355. Hit and run would have been nice with Polly up.

    by ron on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm

  356. Man joyce crushed that ball, long strike

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

  357. WOW

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:40 pm

  358. Hm. Now MJ can put us front.

    hint, hint.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:41 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:42 pm

  360. Do you walk ordonez?

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:42 pm

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

    … Never mind.

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm

  362. Oh man. We totally need like 6 runs here.

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm

  363. Tigers heading for a 19 hit loss…

    by Tbone on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:44 pm

  364. 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…

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:45 pm

  365. That’s the end, Indians score here.

    by David G. on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:45 pm

  366. Maggs is making his case for choke artist.

    Him and Thames.

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:45 pm

  367. Whoa that was strike two…

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:46 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

  369. Nice.

    by David G. on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

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

    by Chris on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

  371. You do not run on curtis granderson!

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

  372. Shut up, Chris.

    by David G. on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

  374. 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.

    by Mike R on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

  376. Chris, shoo! Go to bed!

    by Brian P on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:50 pm

  377. 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!

    by David G. on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:51 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:51 pm

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

    by Adam on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:51 pm

  380. 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.

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:52 pm

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

    by Chris on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:53 pm

  382. I love it, let’s play 12

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm

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

    by David G. on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm

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

    by ohiotiger on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm

  386. Chris are you an investment banker? Dang son!

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm

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

    by David G. on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm

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

    by stephen on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm

  389. We still have fossum sitting in there.

    by Anson on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:56 pm

  390. You said fossum.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm

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

    by David G. on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm

  393. Yup it’s chief monday alright

    by Forty on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:00 am

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

    by Chris on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:01 am

  396. Chief
    It’s now Wednesday.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:01 am

  397. 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.

    by Kathy on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:02 am

  398. Even money says Sheff is running

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:02 am

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:02 am

  400. 4 hits for sheff? too bad I don’t remember any except the last one.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:03 am

  401. Wow that was well inside

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:03 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:04 am

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

    by David G. on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:05 am

  404. Super.

    by David G. on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:05 am

  405. Renteria…a pile of suck.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:06 am

  406. Trade Renteria for a ham sandwich!

    by Anson on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:07 am

  407. Every inning the leadoff man gets on. Unreal.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:09 am

  408. Man edgar, that would have been absolutely sick

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

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

    by stephen on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

  410. Almost an incredible play by the ham sandwich.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:11 am

  411. uh oh, bad feeling about this inning :(

    by RudeMood19 on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:11 am

  412. Renteria…almost redeemed himself. Almost.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:11 am

  413. Chris, you’re about to get your wish

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:11 am

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:12 am

  415. That was a cute play if jim called it

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:13 am

  416. Come on fossum, k him

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:15 am

  417. Hit Kelly to end the game.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:15 am

  418. Hahahaha. Game over. Fossum sucks.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:16 am

  419. Everybody in!

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:16 am

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

    by greg on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:17 am

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

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:17 am

  422. Brian in Tampa, that was very funny.

    And I agree with you!

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:18 am

  423. 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.

    by Mike R on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:19 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:19 am

  425. ephus for a strike.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:19 am

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

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:19 am

  427. Holy crap.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:20 am

  428. Fossum practically out of the inning

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:20 am

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

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:20 am

  430. JUST LIKE I SAID FOSSUM WOULD GET OUT OF IT!

    by Mike R on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

  431. No way that just happened. I love it!!

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

  432. unbelieveable

    by ohiotiger on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

  433. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

  434. Yes yes yes yes! Never a doubt!

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

  435. ARE YOU !@#$ING KIDDING ME.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

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

    Who pitches after Fossum?

    by Kyle J on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

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

    by RudeMood19 on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

  438. Wow. wow. wow.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

  439. no way.

    talk about wtf

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

  440. Lucky 13?!

    Inge, Guillen, Grandy.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:22 am

  441. Open another beer everybody!

    by Shane Temporarily in Toledo on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:23 am

  442. 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.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:23 am

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

    by greg on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:23 am

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:24 am

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

    That is so Tigers.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:24 am

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

    by stephen on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:24 am

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

    by Mike R on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:25 am

  448. Lovin’ the “Let’s Go Tigers” chant.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:25 am

  449. easily the craziest Tiger game of ’08

    by Chris on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:25 am

  450. Kenny? Interesting.

    This is highly entertaining.

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:26 am

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

  452. We’re apparently warming Kenny Rogers.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

  453. I’m looking for a Grandy 3 bagger here.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

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

    by Greg in Albuquerque on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

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

    by Mike R on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:28 am

  457. 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.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:28 am

  458. Grandy sure is boosting my fantasy stats. :)

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

  459. do it one more time polly!

    by ohiotiger on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

  460. Rally caps!!!

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

  461. Polly sac fly? PLEASE?!

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

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

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:30 am

  463. Damn, Curtis is good.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:30 am

  464. 1 is good, but 2 would be great.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:30 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

  466. Good enough. Bad play by the 3B.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

  467. hey, a run!

    please pile on. C’mon Maggs.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

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

    by Greg in Albuquerque on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

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

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

    by Mike R on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:31 am

  470. 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.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:32 am

  471. er, Joyce.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:32 am

  472. :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:32 am

  473. More bad play, another run.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

  474. hey, another run!!

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

  475. Ooooo-eeee-oooo

    err – nevermind … go Fossum!

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

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

    Absolutely epic.

    by Walewander on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:34 am

  478. 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.

    by Mike R on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:34 am

  479. 22 hits. Wow.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:34 am

  480. good clean game tonight, boys. well-played.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:35 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:36 am

  482. Throw strikes jerky.

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:37 am

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

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:37 am

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

    by JML on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:37 am

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:37 am

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

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:38 am

  487. Thank god we scored 2.

    by Greg in Albuquerque on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:38 am

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

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:38 am

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

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:39 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:39 am

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

    EDIT. …and it’s Jamey Carrol.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:40 am

  492. 486 comments wow!

    Bobby Seay for closer

    by West Coast Tiger on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:40 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:41 am

  494. 2 outs, 1 on, and the batter isn’t kelly shoppach… i guess i’m confident enough to go to bed… good game boys

    by ohiotiger on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:41 am

  495. “Let’s Go Tigers!”

    :-D

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:41 am

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

    by Mike R on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:41 am

  497. Let’s play possum!

    “486 comments wow!”

    yeah, but that’s like 20 per hour….

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

  498. where’s the eephus!?!?

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

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

    by Brian in Tampa on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

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

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

  501. Baseball is fun.

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

  502. 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!

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

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

    by Chief Monday on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:42 am

  504. 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…

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:43 am

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

    by Tater on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:43 am

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

    nite all!

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:43 am

  507. Nice!!!!!!!

    by stephen on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

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

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

  509. also, trade nate.

    for a ham sandwich.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

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

    by Kevin in Austin on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

  511. 5:33. Five hours and thirty three minutes. Dayyum.

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:45 am

  512. Wow! Awesome lucky win…

    by Cameron in Singapore on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:45 am

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

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:46 am

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

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:47 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:47 am

  516. 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.

    by T Smith on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:47 am

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

    by JML on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:47 am

  518. 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

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:48 am

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

    by Chris on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:48 am

  520. That was Rollercoaster 2.0

    by Chief Monday on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:49 am

  521. 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

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:51 am

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

    by Forty on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:51 am

  523. 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?

    by Vince in MN on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:52 am

  524. 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…)

    by Steve in OH on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:52 am

  525. 12:05 is game time for the finally. looking forward to seeing Farnsworth.

    by Chief Monday on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:52 am

  526. 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.

    by Jason on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:53 am

  527. 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 ;)

    by RudeMood19 on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:53 am

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

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:53 am

  529. 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.

    by Tony P on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:56 am

  530. 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.

    by Chris on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:59 am

  531. 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?

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 12:59 am

  532. 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.

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:00 am

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

    by Dylan on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:02 am

  534. 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!!!

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:05 am

  535. 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.

    by Shane Temporarily in Toledo on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:14 am

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

    by Joel in Seattle on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:14 am

  537. 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.

    by Chief Monday on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:17 am

  538. 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

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:21 am

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

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:21 am

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

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:22 am

  541. 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.

    by Adam on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:23 am

  542. “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…

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:25 am

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

    by Coleman on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:26 am

  544. 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!

    by Joey the K in Portland OR on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:41 am

  545. 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

    by judpma on Jul 31, 2008 at 4:00 am

  546. 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. :)

    by billfer on Jul 31, 2008 at 5:33 am

  547. Fangraph of the year:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/wins......eason=2008

    by Kyle J on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:40 am

  548. 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.

    by Ryan P on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:51 am

  549. Griffey to the White Sox….

    by Dylan on Jul 31, 2008 at 9:16 am

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

    by tiff on Jul 31, 2008 at 9:26 am

  551. 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.

    by ron on Jul 31, 2008 at 9:44 am

  552. 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.

    by Brian P on Jul 31, 2008 at 9:51 am

  553. 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.

    by Ryan P on Jul 31, 2008 at 9:55 am

  554. 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.

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:04 am

  555. 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.

    by tiff on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:14 am

  556. 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.

    by Chris in Dallas on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:26 am

  557. I’m more worried about them getting Huston Street.

    See 2006 ALCS, Game 4. :)

    by Chris in Dallas on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:28 am

  558. 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!

    by Brian P on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:37 am

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

    by ron on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:40 am

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

    by Chris in Dallas on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:45 am

  561. 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.

    by Ryan P on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:46 am

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

    by Chris in Dallas on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:52 am

  563. 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.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:57 am

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

    by Chris in Dallas on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:59 am

  565. “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.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:02 am

  566. 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.

    by Carolyn on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:03 am

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

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:12 am

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

    by Chris in Dallas on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:14 am

  569. 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?

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:20 am

  570. 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.

    by Andrew on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:20 am

  571. 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).

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:24 am

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

    by Chris in Dallas on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:26 am

  573. No slopcrotch today :(

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

    by Ryan P on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:30 am

  574. Griff approved the trade

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

    by Mark in Chicago on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:31 am

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

    by Chris in Dallas on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:37 am

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

    I would like to hit that drum also

    by judpma on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:39 am

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