Game 142: Tigers at Twins

by billfer on September 6, 2008 · 31 comments

in 2008 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: Woo hoo. Saturday afternoon baseball on Fox. There was a time when this match-up would have been about the Tigers. Not so much anymore.

Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Tigers. He’s coming off the shortest outing of his career, which actually bodes well for him pitching decent today since he was well below 110 pitches last time out. Plus, he’s fared okay against the Twins this year, going 7 innings in each of the 3 starts against.

But Scott Baker has done prett good against the Tigers as well.

DET @ MIN, Saturday, September 6, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

Game Time 3:55

POSTGAME: I don’t know if it makes anyone feel better, but the Tigers aren’t alone in their bullpen woes. The Twins bullpen has been killing them for the last week or so and the Tigers took advantage. Oddly enough, the Tigers bullpen did a nice job. Clay Rapada cleaned up Verlander’s mess, Farnsworth had an uneventful inning, and then Fernando Rodney made things interesting.

On Rodney’s outing, he did manage to throw 17 of his 23 pitches for strikes. He did walk Punto, but that was actually a pretty nice at-bat. He allowed a hit on an 0-2 slider, which might be why he doesn’t throw it that often. But blowing away Joe Mauer was damn impressive. That just doesn’t happen. And then the Tigers got some good fortune when Justin Morneau roped a ball, but right at Polanco.

Offensively it was all about Granderson, Ordonez, and Cabrera again. In case anyone hadn’t noticed, Granderson is now 7th in the AL in OPS and this season is probably better than last season, at least from an offensive standpoint.

 
 

{ 31 comments }

mark_in_gr September 6, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Oh mirror mirror on the wall . . . who today will have the most taken strikes of all . . . be it Inge, Thames, Grandy or Gary . . . the outcome will be undoubtedly scary . . . For hustle, they shan’t . . . and last place, they may rank . . . but at least they’ll be laughing all the way to the bank . . . And as the losses do mount . . . and the excuses get thinner . . . at post game we at least will see Skip eat his dinner!

Amanda September 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Not bad Mark. Could’ve added something about Raburn :)

ron September 6, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Mark , love it. I personally would have changed the an in shant to an i and rank to fit but then I would have to change… eh, forget it. I’m messing with perfection.

yak September 6, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Grandy out to an early lead in the taken strikes derby with 2 and a quarter.

mark_in_gr September 6, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Thanks Amanda and Ron. Perfection? Probably not, and perhaps I am being to harsh on them . . . after all there are plenty of, ahh, umm, plenty of games left, ummm . . . wait, omg, it’s September . . .

Rick G September 6, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Are there any actual witnesses to this game? I was just listening on the radio while doing some house work, and it sounded like they ran a hit and run with Larish trying to steal second and B. Inge playing the role of “guy who hits the ball.” As if.

Can anyone confirm this idiocy? And the radio guys said something like, “You really can’t blame Leyland for trying to get something going.”

Dave BW September 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm

I’m watching it now after hearing the first hour on radio. These Fox guys are predictably terrible. Also, there’s not a squirrel to be seen in the entire broadcast.

Dave BW September 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Inge’s new road mask is hilarious. It’s like he’s a real Tiger! ROAR!

Amanda September 6, 2008 at 5:54 pm

haha Dave..ya the catchers mask..SCARY! Perhaps trying a new intimidation tactic. So far not working.

Dave BW September 6, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Awesome pickoff by Rapada!

btw, I don’t know how anyone hits this guy.

Amanda September 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Woot! Ordonez- 2 run homer 6-4 Tigers now

Andrew in Toronto September 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Nice rally here in the 8th. Ordonez and Granderson with 2-run homers. Apparently the Twins bullpen has turned all Detroit-style!

Kathy September 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Whoever turned the channel is missin a good one!

Dave BW September 6, 2008 at 6:26 pm

I think Baker is going to cry.

Kris in SJC September 6, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Wonderful being on the right side of a bullpen meltdown for once.

mark_in_gr September 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm

I hate to be the pessimist . . . but should we start taking bets on who will blow the save in the 9th? I personally think ole Fernando has a couple more left in him between now and the 28th.

Dave BW September 6, 2008 at 6:38 pm

“I hate to be the pessimist . . . ”

Liar.

ron September 6, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Mark is now writing his 9th inning meltdown poem.

Bobber September 6, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Lookin’ good–and in the Humpdome.

Dave BW September 6, 2008 at 6:46 pm

The Professor sent the class home early!

Dave BW September 6, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Someday, somewhere, Carlos Gomez will find a pitch he doesn’t like.

Dave BW September 6, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Hey Fox broadcasters, maybe it’s not so much that the Twins have such great fundamentals as the fact that they make a lot of contact and every damn ball in play bounces about a million feet on the artificial surface

ron September 6, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Yikes.

Dave BW September 6, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Whoa did Rodney ever just barely get out of that jam. Tigers win!!

ron September 6, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Yikes again. Every once in a while, they do show some spunk.

Tbone September 6, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Nice come from behind win in a game they looked like they never had a chance in. The Tigers are in desperate need of a closer.

Smoking Loon September 6, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Holy Mother of God. I picked the game up when Punto had walked to load the bases with 1 out. Mauer and Morneau due up. Doom. DOOM!

Fernando Rodney just made the 2009 Opening Day roster. Maybe not as closer, but as something. Barring injury.

Rodneycoaster Tremens. That/this was the most dramatic victory in 2008 to date, for my money. At least against a team it matters more to beat. Hallelujah, the Tigers aren’t dead yet.

Coleman September 6, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Dave BW: “Inge’s new road mask is hilarious. It’s like he’s a real Tiger! ROAR!” and “Awesome pickoff by Rapada!”

OK, tell me you don’t see the connection here…runner takes a big lead…looks toward home..man, that is a weird frickin’ catcher’s mask–oh @@#!!*

Joey the K in Portland OR September 7, 2008 at 12:11 am

wow I happily accidentally stumbled upon the game today, I was not expecting Tigers/Twins to be the saturday game in Portland Oregon! But I’m glad it was!

Not that I’m rooting for the Twins by any means but I would really rather see them win the division than the W Sux. I must say that the Twins have some quality announcers (not the Fox guys today) they are ok to listen to unlike the W Sux idiots.

Ken in Las Vegas September 7, 2008 at 1:03 am

Ham sandwich.

Walt at UMN September 7, 2008 at 9:29 am

I went to this one. You should have felt the wind blowing out in the bottom of the ninth. I got cold sitting in left center. It was loud in the dome last night and there was alot of booing of the Twins bullpen.

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