Game 2009.004: Tigers at Blue Jays

PREGAME: It was really nice that the Tigers got a win last night so that Rick Porcello doesn’t have the added pressure of stopping a losing streak. What’s that you say, Rick Porcello? Yeah, the kid is making his debut. And he’s doing it against Ricky Romero, another first rounder making his debut. I’m pretty geeked to be heading to this game. The post game will be significantly delayed as I travel home following the game.

Game Time 12:37

Detroit vs. Toronto – April 9, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: The kid did all right. He is a ground ball machine as advertised and he can certainly field his position. His infield defense wasn’t particularly sparkling though and with a little mor ehlpe he’s spending more time pitching out ofo the windup rather than the stretch. He did get hurt by homers a couple time swhen he left the ball up, but all in in it seemed like he wasn’t overmatched. Most impressive was after allowing a homer, he fanned the next two hitters.

Other stuff:

  • Juan Rincon has been really bad in two appearances
  • I had a great view of that Alex Rios/Marcus Thames triple. I was in that section in the corner. The one with the Tigers jersey. I thought about posting to the blog but thought that might be tacky while he was injured.
  • Carlos Guillen picked up a couple of hits as he starts to look a little more comfortable.
  • Not a lot of fans at the Rogers Centre for the two games I went to. It made things comfortable at least as we could spread out, and the kids got a ton of autographs without the crush of people. So at least that’s good.

109 Comments

  1. Chris in Dallas

    April 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Allright billfer – DTW goes international!

    You guys should check out the game thread at Drunk Jays Fans. Funny stuff. They have dubbed Inge an ‘orinthologist’. Hopefully that will hold true for games against the Orioles and Cardinals as well.

  2. Coleman

    April 9, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Today’s lineup, it does not please me, in the lining up of the Thames sequentially betwixt Granderson and Ordonez; I fear for my sanity if another Thames/Ordonez double-steal attempt ever happens again…

  3. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Treanor — Santiago — Everett … yikes. Thankfully the immortal Ricky Romero is on the bump.

  4. Andre in Chi

    April 9, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Chris,

    Just checked that site out…hilarious to see Inge giving opposing fans fits…with his OFFENSE.

    Billfer,

    Any chance of you creating an over-21 section for this site so that we can drink and post? (jk, unless you’re gonna do it)

  5. Tbone

    April 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    The full lineup, in all its controversial glory:

    Granderson, CF
    Thames, LF
    Ordonez, RF
    Cabrera, 1B
    Guillen, DH
    Inge, 3B
    Treanor, C
    Santiago, 2B
    Everett, SS

  6. Coleman

    April 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I don’t what would be wrong with Santiago batting 2nd and Thames behind Inge–is Inge going to get anything resembling a strike with Treanor batting behind him? Although maybe at least Inge on deck will help get Guillen on track…Thames 2nd though…he’s not exactly a moving the runner up type, and seems like DP bait…

  7. Ken in Las Vegas

    April 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    “Orinthologist” Is that like one who studies the art of juicing? Or perhaps the art of Orinthal James Simpson aka “The Juice”.

  8. Coleman

    April 9, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    @KILV: Or it’s how you spell when you are juiced while blogging?

  9. Matt

    April 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Why is Leyland resting Polanco?

    I don’t think you need to be “resting” players 3 games into the season.

  10. Skip

    April 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Wow, Drunk Jays Fan is a very angry blogger…
    How many times did he drop the f-bomb on his site? Yikes!

    Anyway, Porcello looked real good

  11. Nick Gouge

    April 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Hopefully you guys will keep us abreast of the game here. I don’t have any other source here at work.

  12. Coleman

    April 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    It seems that Porcello could possibly replace Kenny Rogers on the mound, glove-wise…

  13. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Beauty. Way to keep your cool Porcello.

  14. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Porcello looks as poised as a 10 year veteran. Hard to believe this is his MLB debut.

  15. Chris in Dallas

    April 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Matt: Probably has to do with the astroturf and Polanco having a history of back maladies.

    Porcello looks to be OK thus far. Big double play and a K.

  16. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Matt, Polanco is 34, and he has to carry around the earth on his shoulders every day, and the Tigers don’t have an off day until next Thurs. I’m okay with Leyland resting him today.

  17. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Matt, Polanco is 34, he has to carry around the earth on his shoulders every day, and the Tigers don’t have an off day until next Thurs. I’m okay with Leyland resting him today.

  18. Coleman

    April 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    That was a nice K; fastball inside, fouled off, fastball inside, fouled off, fastball outside for a ball, then when the batter’s probably expecting you to come back inside you throw a curve and he stands there like the house by the side of the road…

  19. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I’m hoping Ricky Romero starts looking like this is his MLB debut…

  20. Dylan

    April 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Granderson home run. Niiiice.

  21. Skip

    April 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Grandy!!!

  22. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    G R A N D E R S O N ! ! ! SOLO HR!!! Tigers 1-0 .

  23. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I love Curtis Granderson…

  24. Slashpyne

    April 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Curt is a Grander son!

  25. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Thames with a triple off of Rios’ head.

  26. Dylan

    April 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Looks like the Tigers bats are heating up. Rios just got drilled in the face/head, Thames with the triple.

  27. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    The Funk Dr. gets his triple on! What did that look like?

  28. Coleman

    April 9, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Holy Granderson, Thames got a @#!! triple?!

  29. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I’ll take it.

  30. Nick Gouge

    April 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I love the play-by-play guys…keep it up!

  31. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Magglio drives him in. Tigers 2-0.

  32. greg

    April 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    What happened to the ‘expert’ that used to post here saying Granderson was, at best, a platoon player that would never be able to hit lefties?

    Where’s the guy who said Miggy would be out of baseball in 2 years?

    Why don’t we hear from them any more?

    ;-)

  33. Coleman

    April 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Man, they’re going all out to help out Porcello–a mean a triple AND he takes out one of their better hitters….

  34. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Maggs should have been on 2nd there…that coulda been another run…

  35. Tbone

    April 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Country bounced a triple off of Rios’s face – that’s going to be shown all day…

  36. Dylan

    April 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Thames scores on an error. Miggy drills a line drive up the middle.

  37. Coleman

    April 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Cabrera single, now batting .727. He’s nearing the point where going 3-4 will bring his average down…

  38. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Dylan:

    Gameday is calling it a base hit…

  39. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Guillen HBP. Bases Loaded.

  40. Dylan

    April 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Bases loaded after Guillen gets hit on the back foot.

  41. Dylan

    April 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Joel: Hmm, looked like an error to me but they called it a base hit. Took a funny hop on the turf though.

  42. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Inge is up with the bases loaded.

  43. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Time for HR #4, BInge…

  44. Tbone

    April 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Carlos HPB, baces juiced for Brandon.

  45. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    How long is Inge gonna keep that ridiculous beard looking thing?

  46. Skip

    April 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Where r all the fans at Rogers Center?!?
    It’s like a Ringo Starr concert…

  47. Tbone

    April 9, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Would have been nice to plate a couple more runs there…

  48. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Kevin:

    It’s bad – and I don’t even have Hi-Def.

  49. greg

    April 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    What!? No home run #4?!

    Bench Him!!

  50. ron

    April 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Kevin in Austin, Inge can come to the plate with a skirt and heels right now.

  51. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Wow, Porcello made that play look easy. Luck or skill?

  52. Coleman

    April 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    See, that’s what I’m saying, he got Glove-of-Kenny…

  53. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Porcello so far – 3 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 k. 40 pitches.

  54. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Terrible baserunning. Could have had 2nd & 3rd w/1 out. I hope that doesn’t cost us. Give us a base hit here Grandy.

  55. ron

    April 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Nice block by the catcher. Hope that run doesn’t haunt us later.

  56. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    But I like the way we are hitting, we’ll get a few more runs.

  57. Chris in Dallas

    April 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I’m just going to say it – Porcello is a first ballot Hall of Famer. I’ve seen all I need to see.

  58. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Based on his photo on Gameday, the thing on Jose Bautista’s chin is a much greater abomination than BInge’s.

  59. ron

    April 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Let’s see how he handles this pressure.

  60. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I don’t think Thames could throw out Gene Lamont.

  61. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    KIT – Keep it together…

  62. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Porcello is rattled. We gotta get Snider here.

    Chris in D – I’m thinking of heading down to Frankie’s to watch the game tomorrow afternoon, let me know if you’d be interested.

  63. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Porcello so far – 4 innings, 5 hits, 1 runs, 1 walks, 2 k. 62 pitches. Gave up a bloop single to left, a walk, and a ground ball single to left field that drove in a run.

  64. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Let’s get the kid some runs.

    Well, not just him, but also for the bullpen.

  65. Steve

    April 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Joel, How many runs does the bullpen need

  66. ron

    April 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    This is a good thing for the kid to be pitching in a one run game.

  67. ron

    April 9, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    And this will probably be his last inning. Good job.

  68. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Steve:

    That number (or concept) that you get when you turn an 8 sideways would make me feel comfortable.

    Aaron freaking Hill? 6 RBI? Good grief.

    EDIT: At least he blew away the tough hitters…

  69. Dylan

    April 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Wow. Don’t make Porcello mad I guess. He rebounded from the home run by striking out two.

  70. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    C’mon… let’s get some runs and get the guy in line for a win in his first start.

  71. Dave T.

    April 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Nice finish, he is still only at 76 pitches, he has at least 1 more inning right JL?

  72. ron

    April 9, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Now’s the time for #4.

  73. Dave T.

    April 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    The bottom of the order needs to come up with some solid AB’s

  74. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Not the best outcome for the season’s first ball in play. Dadgummit.

  75. Tbone

    April 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Treanor is an out machine…

  76. ron

    April 9, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Go Rick go.

  77. ron

    April 9, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Damn.

  78. Anson

    April 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Come on run support.

  79. Skip

    April 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Uh oh.

  80. Adrian from Toronto

    April 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Why does JL take out Rick?

  81. Anson

    April 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    So he can get the Nate experiment over today and have an excuse to not use him tomorrow.

  82. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Not a bad debut at all. The turf helped a couple of the hits. Porcello – 5 ip. 8 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 4 k’s. 89 pitches. One runner left on base.

  83. Nick S

    April 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Everett is not impressing me.

  84. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Everett has not impressed in these first few games.

  85. Mike in CT

    April 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    maybe we should give everett a pass since it’s turf…but not exactly the hoover vacuum as advertised thus far…

  86. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Can our middle infield turn a DP? Seems like we’ve had a lot of force outs at 2B.

  87. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Porcello was losing his stuff. He gave up 2 homers, a single, and only got 2 outs in last 20 pitches.

  88. David

    April 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Adenhart died!

  89. Steve

    April 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    @Anson……….. the Nate experiment is not looking good

  90. Anson

    April 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Crap there goes the game… guess I’ll have to go back to paying attention to class.

  91. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Pen is melting down. Toronto up 6-2.

  92. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Ouch. But I think we can expect a lot of innings like that out of our pen this year.

  93. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Seay, Perry, and Rodney have looked good.

    The rest of pen can be fixed. Bonderman and Zumaya could come back. If they don’t make it back, we still have guys like Fein, Rapada, and Dolsi that can be plugged in.

  94. Adrian from Toronto

    April 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Disappointing

  95. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    If Leyland cares to win this game, Treanor and Everett will not take their next turns at bat.

  96. Steve

    April 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Billfer made the trip, good thing its sunny out for the trip home. Nothing worse than investing time and money into a roadie and coming home bummed

  97. Tbone

    April 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Tigers offense: zzzzzzzzzzzz…..

    This game looks a lot like April ’08.

  98. Joel in Seattle

    April 9, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    You know, I’ve got to think that opening the year in an empty, domed stadium playing on carpet has got to be a bit demoralizing.

  99. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Joel – I think starting the series 1-3 when you tagged Halladay for 5 runs and gave up a 3 run lead in the 8th in another game is what’s demoralizing.

    We’ll be lucky to get 5 more runs off of Halladay all season.

  100. Mr. X

    April 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Hopefully the defense helps us win some games at home. I’ll give them a mulligan because of the turf. Galarraga/Verlander/Jackson sounds like a recipe for a 3 game win streak.

  101. Chris in Dallas

    April 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Mr. X – the way the Rangers are swinging the bats at the present time, it’s going to be a struggle to prevent runs. Of course, Comerica Park and cold weather can be the great equalizer.

  102. Brian P

    April 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    9 earned in 1 inning for Pavano today. I really hope we get to face him.

  103. Chris in Dallas

    April 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Brian P: I caught Pavano’s “outing” at lunch. He gave up 900 feet worth of HR to Byrd and Kinsler. I doubt he’s still on the team the first time the Tigers face the Tribe. He has nothing.

  104. Kevin in Austin (now Dallas)

    April 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Chris in Dallas – I’ve rounded up a few buddies, we’ll be at Frankie’s tomorrow to watch the game. Come on down if you can make it.

  105. Chris in Dallas

    April 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Cool. I actually took the day off of work so I wouldn’t miss the game. Yes, I’m a dork.

  106. Dave BW

    April 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    greg: the guy who made the crazy Miguel claim was Chris (the one with the orange name, not Chris in Dallas). He still comes around.

  107. David

    April 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    So who is going to Opening Day tomorrow? I am!

  108. Scott

    April 9, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    ….the blowpen…..yikes……… :-(

  109. Dave BW

    April 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Me too, David. We shall have to force out a win through sheer force of will.