PREGAME: Okay, this one doesn’t appear to stack up well for the Tigers. The Rays are really good at home. Like 40-16 good. The Tigers are kinda eh on the road. The Rays send out Scott Kazmir and his 2.84 ERA (1.68 at home) and 9.9 K/9 against Zach Miner and his 1:1 K:BB ratio.
Here’s the lineup:
POSTGAME: Well this was a different way to lose. Facing a stud pitcher with no idea where the ball was going, the Tigers drew 4 walks in the first inning. Of the first 21 pitches Kazmir threw, Detroit only swung at 2 of them, and that was Polanco only after he had 2 strikes. A visit from the pitching coach came next and Miguel Cabrera jumped on a first pitch fastball right down the middle – and fouled it off before popping out. A walk b Sheffield was followed by Marcus Thames swinging at the first pitch and ending the inning. In Thames defense he was probably anxious to not strike out.
Miner was fine. Not great, but not bad for a replacement starter. He got into a few jams, and wiggled out for the most part. Joel Zumaya followed and wasn’t so good, wild pitching in a run, crossing up Inge and damn near killing him, and allowing a homer. Bobby Seay was actually quite good and should be the set up man the next time the Tigers carry a lead to the 8th.
The Tigers walked 9 times and had 3 extra base hits, yet only scored 2 runs.