Game 2009.113: Tigers at Angels

PREGAME:  There’s a lot going on tonight for Detroit sports fans. You’ve got the Red Wings against Columbus. The Detroit Pistons against the Cavs. Dontrelle Willis is starting for Lakeland. Joel Zumaya is pitching for Toledo. And oh yeah, the Tigers play after all of them in Orange County.

Prior to the season this series looked to be the toughest part of this 3 city trip. But bad fortune has been following the Angels around. John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Kelvim Escobar, and Vladimir Guerrero are on the DL. On top of all that there was the tragic loss of Nick Adenhart. The result is a struggling team that has lost most of its rotation (and is looking all over for help) and a lineup that lost its biggest threat. I’m not saying this will be an easy series, but the Angels have faced several seasons worth of adversity.

On the mound tonight will be Jered Weaver and Armando Galarraga. Both pitchers are off to solid starts. According to his pitch f/x data Weaver throws a 5 pitch repertoire that he mixes fairly well. In 2 games he has 10 Ks and 4 BB’s and allowed 2 homers. Galarraga has pitched so well I’m a little nervous to comment on it for fear of jinxing it.

Feel free to comment on any of the above games in this space (and please do, I’ll be in a meeting for a lot of it).

Game Time 10:05

Detroit vs. LA Angels – April 21, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: Well that wasn’t the least bit satisfying. Armando Galarraga wasn’t good, but somehow managed to limit the damage to 3 runs while lasting 5 innings. Despite not having his good stuff he gave his team a chance to win. Curtis Granderson hit well, Carlos Guillen hit well, but not enough hits could get bunched together.

Especially frustrating was the 9th inning that saw a leadoff single wasted when pinch hitter Adam Everett couldn’t get a bunt down and Josh Anderson was picked off. I was pretty upset that Thames wasn’t hitting in that situation, but Ian pointed out that Marcus Thames just hit the DL (that’s a Jason Beck tweet).

Too tired to say more, but this was disappointing to say the least.

Oh, and I’m not blaming the loss on this so this isn’t a sour grapes thing, but that was some horrendous home plate umpiring by Timmons. Astoundingly awful. The whole game, both teams.

127 Comments

  1. Dylan

    April 21, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Judging by the boxscore you linked, D-Train has pitched 2 innings, no walks, no hits, 2 Ks.

  2. Ryan P.

    April 21, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Wow, D-train! Good news indeed.

  3. Rick G

    April 21, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Dontrelle has gone through 3 innings without giving up any hits or walks…

    Edit – gave up two hits and one run in the 4th.

  4. Dylan

    April 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    D-Train: 5IP, 5H, 2 ER, 2SO, 0BB

    Thus far…

  5. Mr. X

    April 21, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Whatever the doctors gave to Willis, it sure is making him throw better.

  6. Dylan

    April 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    6 IP, 7H, 4ER, 2SO, 1HR

    Gave up a 2 run shot with 2 outs in the 6th.

  7. Brenden

    April 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Decent outing by Dontrelle. It appears that he is staying closer to the strike zone.

  8. Slashpyne

    April 21, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I’m pulling for Willis as a person, and for whatever he can contribute to the Tigers organization, if anything…

  9. Brenden

    April 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Bonderman, Willis, or even Robertson need to get right so that we can get rid of Miner in the rotation….I’m pulling for one of those three.

  10. Mr. X

    April 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Granderson got that one. Tigers 1-0

  11. ouchudied

    April 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    According to pitch f/x data it has that Galarraga’s slider only breaks 2″ more than his fastball, and the PFX is 8″ less on the slider. That is not what I observe when I watch him on TV. Can anyone else explain this?

  12. ouchudied

    April 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Actually the PFX is around 10 to 11″ less.

  13. Tom

    April 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Inge! Holy crap what a play!

  14. Ken in Las Vegas

    April 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I thought for sure that Hunter rip was going to result in a run, but instead Inge gobbled it up. It just feels good to have him playing there again. Does Adam E still have the bubonic plague or has he just been ousted by Ramon? Obviously Ramon deserves the every day job over Adam, but it’s just not like Jimmy to play the best players every day.

  15. Joey in Portland OR

    April 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Did Rod just say Bringe?!

  16. ouchudied

    April 21, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Inge singles on a ground ball to Weaver? And Guillen scored from second? Can someone explain?

  17. Repp

    April 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    How did Guillen score from second on an infield hit to the pitcher?

  18. billfer

    April 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    The reason that Inge got an RBI on that is because Guillen never broke stride coming to third and rounded the bag heading home. He most likely would have been out on a play at the plate, but the fact that he was coming home before the throw went wild is why Inge got the RBI. So nice aggressive base running by Guillen helped Inge’s totals.

    And really, Inge does have some kind of magic going right now.

  19. billfer

    April 21, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Inge hit a swinging bunt down the third base line. Weaver threw the ball late and away down the first base line.

  20. billfer

    April 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Kansas City hit into 6 double plays today and lost 8-7. I find that remarkable.

  21. Russ

    April 21, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    @billfer: that they only lost by a run? or that they hit into 6 dps?

  22. ouchudied

    April 21, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    These Angels sure are working Galarraga hard, hes pitch count is getting up there even though he is throwing a ton of strikes

  23. ouchudied

    April 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I’m guessing the six double plays, considering the most you can possibly hit into for a nine inning game is, well, nine.

  24. billfer

    April 21, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    @russ That they scored 7 runs and hit into 6 dps.

    @ouchudied Pitch f/x data has his slider dropping vertically about 6-7 inches more than his fastball.

  25. ouchudied

    April 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Thats not the stats that I’m reading… is there some sort of calculation I need to do to figure this out?

  26. billfer

    April 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm

  27. tom

    April 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Galarraga is having an off night. This may get ugly

  28. Brian P

    April 21, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Ahhh! Look at that fifth pitch to Kendrick. Oof. Down the middle and called a ball.

  29. Steve

    April 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Dudes Seriously that was a good play

  30. Ryan P.

    April 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS INGE

  31. tom

    April 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I’m glad Laird wad ok. I was starting to worry that Treanor would have to come in.

  32. ouchudied

    April 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    pitch brk” pfx”
    slider 8 3
    FB 7 14
    slider 7 4
    FB 6 13
    slider 7 2

    How do you interpret this to have his slider breaking 6-7 inches more? I’m confused.

  33. billfer

    April 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Great play by Inge.

    Good thing Nate Robertson is well rested.

  34. Brian P

    April 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Who’s our long man today? Robertson? Miner?

  35. billfer

    April 21, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    @ouchudied Use the numbers at the link I posted and look at the vertical and horizontal movement numbers. They have more meaning.

  36. David G.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Curtis!

  37. Mr. X

    April 21, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Granderson x 2 !!

  38. Ryan P.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Inge better win his gold glove when he wins the Web Gems competition.

  39. Brian P

    April 21, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I always hear about getting out of a slump by taking pitches and going the other way. Granderson rejects that silly theory. He wants to get us free Arby’s by himself.

  40. David G.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Please erupt for 8 runs, I really hate this team for some reason, they are easily my most hated Non-Divisional opponent not named “Yankees”.

  41. tom

    April 21, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Anyone watching the Angels feed on extra innings? They have Misty May-Treanor in the broadcast booth. I still say she should be our backup catcher.

  42. David G.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I am watching, Yes.

  43. Steve

    April 21, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    The Angels broadcast has Misty May Treanor on during this inning ………….. She looks like a better hitter than the old man

  44. Adam

    April 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    The Angels aren’t hatable right now.

  45. Brian P

    April 21, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I just want to make the obligatory “Where is Marcus Thames?” post.

  46. Tony

    April 21, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Funny thing about Misty May…I was in Lakeland near the end of spring training watching the Tigers vs. the Braves. My friend and I had noticed that Treanor was catching and wondered if Misty May was at the game. Well, after the 5th inning, I went down to get one of those delicious strawberry shortcake icecream things and on my way back to my seat, I literally ran into Misty May. I looked up at her (she’s tall) and said “Misty May!”, to which she replied “Yeah.” And I could only say “OK.” and went back to my seat to wash down my beer with some ice cream. Pretty lame, but what would you do?

  47. tom

    April 21, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    The Angels broadcast team completely abdicated their duty to, you know, call the game. I think they mentioned the home run, and then they just stopped calling the game. To be fair, I can see why they were distracted, Misty was being rather charming.

  48. Steve

    April 21, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Thames must be with David and Coleman. All three are MIA

  49. Steve

    April 21, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Tom, I would have said can we take up a collection for some hitting lessons or is he just here to catch Ebby Calvin

  50. tom

    April 21, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Galarraga has gone over to the bad place. Good god.

  51. Steve

    April 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I dont know what the Billfer meter says but Inge has to be worth saving 3 tonight

  52. David G.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    He is just missing tonight. No surprise, as I have him in there in fantasy. Get out of this thing and see if Zach and Nate can get us through 7 or so.

  53. Steve

    April 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Wow Killer DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD tonight

  54. Mr. X

    April 21, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    These guys sure aren’t getting fooled by Galarraga’s sinker. They’ve laid off that pitch every time so far. They are seeing the ball well too, not swinging at anything out of the strike zone. Armando has lost much of his command also. The umpire isn’t doing anyone any favors either. Long freaking ugly game so far.

    Nice break for Galarraga there with the DP.

  55. tom

    April 21, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    We should be losing 5-3 right now. Inge saved 2 in the first and one with that force at the plate last inning…

    I wager Miner will start the 4th

  56. Brian P

    April 21, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I think Armando should start the 4th, but should be pulled once the first man gets on.

  57. Mr. X

    April 21, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Nice easy inning for Big G.

  58. Brian P

    April 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I’m willing to bet Granderson won’t get another fastball anywhere near the plate.

  59. Don

    April 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    He needed that inning.

    Bet he starts the 5th.

  60. ouchudied

    April 21, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    @Brian P
    2 curves, 1 slider, and 3 changeups. You’re right.

  61. Steve

    April 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    @ David G……… I have AG tonight as well………. not looking good. Maybe next time

  62. David G.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    He did Ok when all was said and done, Steve. Can’t take the loss, only the win if they rally here. Actually pretty impressive performance on a night he clearly did not have his best.

  63. David G.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Of course, if you play roto you may not feel the same way, I am points H2H.

  64. Mr. X

    April 21, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    White Sox lost. Royals lost. The Tigers are in 1st place all by themselves at the moment.

    Nice job by Galarraga to grind out 5 innings.

  65. Steve

    April 21, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    And 3 more K’s. 110 pitches but looks like he is out. Oh well I dropped Wang to get him I am still way ahead there ;)

  66. Steve

    April 21, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Lets go Minor………… No Screw ups tonight

  67. Coleman

    April 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Well I’m here now, and I’ve seen hide nor hair of Thames or David, I swear. Just was a bit lost in the woods. Literally.

    Judging from the comments David may be busy lobbying the web gems guys on behalf of Inge. I’m more interested in finding out how his force-field works

  68. Brian P

    April 22, 2009 at 12:02 am

    The Tigers’ middle relief. In the words of the late Ray Arnold: Hold on to your butts.

  69. Steve

    April 22, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Coleman it looks like David is now David G. Not sure about the trumpet though. Not really sure I haven’t see a 5 dollar foot long post tonight

  70. Dylan

    April 22, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Laird to Santiago! Nice play

    Dontrelle had only one 3-ball count all game. Sounds like Zumaya had a nice outing too.
    http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/.....8;c_id=det

  71. Steve

    April 22, 2009 at 12:19 am

    whats the deal Is this Leyland or is this Leyland getting the guys some innings

  72. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Steve, I have never posted under anything other than “David G”. Not sure what the rest of that means.

  73. Eric Cioe

    April 22, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I’m not sure what exactly the point of putting an ineffective, laboring Galarraga back out there after 94 pitches through 4 innings (!) so there would be the possibility that he could “earn the victory.” I think 110 pitches through 5 innings is worse than 125 through 8.

  74. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Uh, how bout the dive, Ramon?

  75. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Eric, I actually liked the move. And he got away with it. Not sure what Leyland’s end game pitching strategy is though, Lyon or bust and then Perry if he hits a spot in the 8th and then Rodney in the 9th regardless? Hope they scratch out a run? Not terrible, I suppose.

  76. Steve

    April 22, 2009 at 12:25 am

    @ David G ……….. Sorry about that there is another David as regular poster who reels off some pretty informative posts that are long. Just having fun on a late nite with my unadjusted humor. I thought he may have changed his name a little

  77. Coleman

    April 22, 2009 at 12:26 am

    @David G: dive? Ramon has been using his bench time the last couple years to study the start ing SS, Guillen and Renteria…

  78. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:29 am

    It’s early. But I am worried about Maggs.

  79. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Here we go.

  80. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:33 am

    F.

  81. Coleman

    April 22, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Leyland’s moves will look smart if this one ends up going 11 or 12 innings..

  82. Adrian from Toronto

    April 22, 2009 at 12:34 am

    uh oh..walk then runner to second on fly out….bad feeling

  83. Adrian from Toronto

    April 22, 2009 at 12:39 am

    damn…shades of last year from lyon

  84. Ryan P.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Blargh, come on Lyon. Not good enough.

  85. Dylan

    April 22, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Lyon is not cutting it. Ugh.

  86. Dylan

    April 22, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Pinch hit Everett?

    Free Marcus Thames.

  87. Brian P

    April 22, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I’ve had a season’s worth of Lyon already.

  88. Ryan P.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:44 am

    This move scares me. Hope Everett can get it down.

  89. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Well, kudos to Guillen for doing his job but I don’t like where we stand.

  90. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:45 am

    WTF, you STILL bunt here.

  91. Adam

    April 22, 2009 at 12:45 am

    It’s okay, Anderson can still steal.

  92. Ryan P.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:45 am

    That was…not even close to a strike. Awful both ways tonight.

  93. Adam

    April 22, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Uh. Never mind.

  94. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Ugh. Hello, 7-6.

  95. Dylan

    April 22, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Per @tigerslive on Twitter

    “This would make Tigers 1-2 in games decided 7th or later — with Lyon having decision in all three games.”

    Also the Anderson, Everrett combination was a complete failure.

  96. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I have no idea why Anderson got picked off there.

  97. Adam

    April 22, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Laird?

  98. Ryan P.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Come on, make him pay, Laird…

  99. Adrian from Toronto

    April 22, 2009 at 12:48 am

    damn damn damn

  100. Ryan P.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Inge, baby. We will love you forever.

  101. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Ok, well, I guess I’ll take Inge in this spot…

  102. Adam

    April 22, 2009 at 12:51 am

    This would be a good time for a home run.

  103. Adam

    April 22, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Why is Santiago batting? Everett’s already in the game.

  104. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Wow, Fuentes is struggling.

  105. Ryan P.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Santiago…I would love YOU forever! Come on guys, these are the games you have to have.

  106. Rash

    April 22, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Adam, Everett came in for Larish at the DH spot.

  107. David G.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Crap.

  108. Mr. X

    April 22, 2009 at 12:55 am

    The Tigers got out pitched, out hit. and out played. They sure didn’t deserve to win this game. They stayed in it until the very end though. I’ll give them credit for that. We should win some of these close games just by grinding them out again like this.

  109. Dylan

    April 22, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Blah.

  110. Adrian from Toronto

    April 22, 2009 at 12:56 am

    WHAT THAT WAS INSIDE!

  111. Adam

    April 22, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Dang. I blame this one on Josh Anderson.

  112. Ryan P.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:56 am

    …lol. The strike zone was a huge joke tonight. I hope he gets fined or suspended…whatever happens to umps.

  113. Adrian from Toronto

    April 22, 2009 at 12:57 am

    that was a ballll

  114. amason

    April 22, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Glad they put up a fight but Thames should have batted for Larish.

  115. Adam

    April 22, 2009 at 12:58 am

    At least Inge will be on Web Gems again tonight.

  116. Dylan

    April 22, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Thames is on the DL with a pulled muscle around the ribs. Raburn called up.

    Per Jason Beck

  117. Adrian from Toronto

    April 22, 2009 at 12:59 am

    if im santiago im pissed

    the called strike after it was 2-0 was bullshnit

    the called strike to end the game was even worse

    that was a joke

    i really thought we could have loaded the bases for grandy too eek

    the anderson error killed tho

  118. Brian P

    April 22, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I can sum this debacle up with one image.

  119. Ryan P.

    April 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Good lord, I think that is the worst-looking gameday pitch (and I swear gameday slides the “balls-called-strikes” into the strike zone) that was called a strike that I have ever seen.

  120. billfer

    April 22, 2009 at 1:08 am

    And in case no one noticed the post game, Raburn is in and Thames is on the DL

  121. Brenden

    April 22, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Well that sucked. Where was the offense? Granderson and Guillen were the only clutch guys. Where are our big guys when we need them? The Angels are down right now, so we cannot afford to lose this series to a team that usually mashes us. Freakin’ eh, that was frustrating…

  122. jud

    April 22, 2009 at 1:17 am

    From the Stadium:
    the strike zone was brutal both ways. but didn’t really get to the Tigers until the 9th…the 2-1 pitch to Inge almost hit him 8 inches inside strike called the Pitch Santiago took and ,we were pretty close to the back ,I though did hit him 12 inches inside strike called….the catcher framed it a good foot
    ….Anderson went on first move and got caught huge
    …..fly ball to Guillen with Hunter on first tagging up …Guillens throw to second on the tag up was 15 feet left of the bag..
    …..Maggys hitting with Palonco on hit and run grounds exactly to Kendrik breaking towards the bag and then Maggs didnt run….Kendrik caught the ball…stepped on the bag…backed off the bag took a couple steps and got Mags by 3 steps who was dogging all the way to first …very strange play
    …..the pitch Scoscia got tossed on was an inch off the ground almost bounced up there ..called strike …this guy was brutal live we didn’t need Gameday…
    ….I’m not sure Feuntes threw even one strike in the 9th…it was hard to tell…most missed by a lot including the ones called strikes
    ……see you tomorrow

  123. AnthonyC

    April 22, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Thats a lot more on Everett than on Anderson.

    Also, Leyland’s mismanagement of the bullpen will be the deciding factor in the division race this year.

  124. Mr. X

    April 22, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Weaver threw a really good game. 7 innings, 7 hits, 6 k’s, and he didn’t walk any. He let Cabrera get a few big swings in and he wasn’t penalized for it. Give the boy props. His only real mistakes were the 2 fastballs he threw to Granderson.

    The Tigers looked rough. A few huge defensive plays kept them in the game though.

  125. David

    April 22, 2009 at 3:05 am

    @ Coleman – hah I wish!!!!! I’ve got finals this week and am distracting myself at the moment from writing a paper and studying. I watched like 3 innings (MISSED ALL OF INGE’s PLAYS :( ) and the late rally(if you can call it that by Laird and Inge) after Adam k’d

    I’m going to have to miss a lot of these Angels games/Royals games, well frankly because I have to. I’m hoping they at least end this road trip at 5-4. So basically going 3-3 (or atm 3-2)

    @ Steve – funny, I think I’ll take what you said as a compliment. No I don’t post under the name David G. … Although I could seeing as my last name begins with a G… What are the odds? Pretty weird to me to have someone else on the site named David G., it’s April in teh D! Hey that rhymed…

    I’m very sorry I won’t be able to post 5footers for the next few days. HAH! I’ve been trying to cut down the size of what I say lately…sometimes ala less is more :D

  126. jud

    April 22, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Jimbo was quoted as saying “Perry would have pitched the 9th if the game was tied” well how about the 8th.
    As soon as Ryan walked the leadoff hitter he should have been gone. Send a message to this years bullpen that last year they did that 1000000000000000 times and this year it won’t be tolerated. sam-0-same-0

  127. Ryan P.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Inge grabs his 6th gem at #2 last night. Looks like him and D-Wright are going to be close all year!