Game 2009.040: Rockies at Tigers

PREGAME: The Tigers welcome in the Colorado Rockies as their first interleague opponent. The Rockies have struggled this year, but their pitching has actually been pretty good with a 4.27 FIP which coincidentally is the same as the Tigers.

Tonight’s starter is Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez walks a batter every other inning, but he also fans nearly one an inning and has allowed only 1 homer in 46 innings this year. He’s thrown 4 straight quality starts and has allowed just 6 runs in his last 27 innings. The walks have also been under control of late with a 22:6 ratio.

Rick Porcello gets the ball for the Tigers. Porcello has also been rolling allowing just 2 runs over his last 3 starts.

And on a related note, Rod Allen will miss his 2nd game as he attends his youngest daughter’s graduation. In his place will be Dan Petry. Does anybody else remember a certain game where Petry filled in for Allen? It was also on a Friday night. Give up? It was the Yankees game that ended at 3:30 in the morning.

Oh, and GO WINGS Colorado vs. Detroit – May 22, 2009 | Gameday

POSTGAME: It was a beautiful night at the ballpark, especially for those who appreciate stellar defense. This game had a reel full of web gem type plays. It’s probably best to just watch the highlights but here is a quick run down:

  1. Inge charges and barehands a ball to make a play look easy.
  2. Josh Anderson throws a seed to the plate to end an inning and save a run
  3. Brandon Inge runs to left field to snag a foul ball with his back to the basket
  4. Miguel Cabrera fields a ground ball along the line, spins and touches the bag and fires home to turn a 3-2 GIDP

Rick Porcello certainly appreciated the help, but he was pretty good on his own as well. He was very efficient up until that 6th inning when struggled a little. But he finished with 6 innings, 1 run, and another quality start.

Inge crushes a ball to right center for the big hit of the game, and it was even a pretty good pitch, so Inge deserves all the credit on that one.

The rest of the offense can be largely attributed nice baserunning. The first run was set up when Gerald Laird hustled to go first to third, and then nicely read (with some help from Placido Polanco) a wild pitch to score the first run. Later in the 8th inning the Tigers twice broke up double plays with hard slides (Polanco at third and Larish at second) that allowed a 4th run to score which proved to be the difference because…

Joel Zumaya wasn’t good. He was on in place of Rodney who had pitched the previous 3 days. He was wild and very fastball happy. He couldn’t find the curve ball and make a 3 run lead with the bases empty into a 1 run lead with runners at the corner. Unfortunately Perry was used 2 innings and Zumaya threw 31 pitches so both are likely unavailable for Saturday’s game.


  1. Joel in Seattle

    May 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    “has allowed only 1 homer in 46 innings this year”

    C’mon boys. Let’s increase that by 300% or so…

  2. Brian P

    May 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    We faced him last year and did pretty well: 4IP, 9H, 4ER. Although last year was a drastically different lineup.

  3. Ken in Vegas

    May 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    This sounds like it will be a tough matchup tonight, but these boys have shown an amazing ability to scratch out enough runs to win lately no matter who they are facing. I’ve got another good feeling about this game. (Easy to say when you’ve won 6 in a row)

  4. Eric Cioe

    May 22, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Jimenez is occasionally tough. He might have the best pure stuff in the NL. He’s right up there with Lincecum and Billingsley. But he can be really wild. Hopefully they don’t go up there hacking.

  5. Brian P

    May 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Ha. The headline for the Rockies’ official game preview is “Notorious ex-Tiger Grilli returns to Detroit.”

  6. Chris in Dallas

    May 22, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Grilli. This is my fondest memory of him….goggles.

  7. Brian P

    May 22, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Blah. He’s all over the place. Granderson and Polanco needed to take more pitches.

  8. Brian P

    May 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I am not looking forward to when both Guillen and Ordonez are playing the corners. Another great outfield assist saves a run.

  9. mcb.

    May 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Guillen and Magglio are never going to get their jobs back in the outfield…

  10. mcb.

    May 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    @ Brian P: I wrote that before I saw your comment believe it or not

  11. Chris Y.

    May 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    A little ignorant here….

    Anybody know what Petry does on a daily basis. He doesn’t seem that bad behind the mike, and I have fond memories from the 80s.

    Oh, and, go Inge!

  12. Coleman

    May 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Binge! and the opposite field no less…let’s see what kind of response Curtis comes up with…

    I think we might have Joel his 300% HR increase…

  13. Chris Y.

    May 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Man, Inge hit a really great pitch there.

  14. Anson

    May 22, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Nice BINGE!! Yeah I’m not looking forward to Maggs and Guillen playing in the corners and Thames at DH. I’m alright with one of the three at DH but I’d rather see Raburn, Anderson and Clete in the field.

  15. Brian P

    May 22, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Sorry, Ramon. There’s no utility player batting title.

  16. Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin)

    May 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Petry is much better than that joker from last night.

  17. Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin)

    May 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    D has been the difference, no doubt. I don’t expect Guillen to see much time in the OF. Maybe he’ll spell LF, 3B and SS from time to time b/c Leland is loyal, but he really has no spot on this roster anymore.

    I’d love to Maggs to get hot so that we can shop him around.

    • Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin)

      May 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm

      “Leyland.” Though I’m thinking of removing the ‘y’ permanently, since he seems to interject it every night.

    • Brian P

      May 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

      I don’t expect to see Guillen ever playing the infield over Inge, Everett, or Santiago. I’d guess some sort of platoon of LF/DH with Guillen, Thames, and Thomas, depending on their production and who’s on the mound.

      • Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin)

        May 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm

        But what do you do with Josh Anderson? Platoon him with Maggs? Maggs isn’t gonna go for that.

  18. Vince in MN

    May 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    The Kid dodged a bullet there. I like the fact that he is a groundball pitcher – with decent defense he should be able to pitch out of a lot of jams.

  19. Dylan

    May 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Huge double play back there to get Porcello out of the jam. He definitely has poise.

  20. Coleman

    May 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    One is never enough…Inge makes his 2nd Leftfield catch of the season…

  21. Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin)

    May 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Now that I think of it, it would probably be much easier to trade one of the young guys than Maggs. I’m wondering if we could get a MR for Raburn or Clete.

  22. Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin)

    May 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    More D, I love it.

  23. Dylan

    May 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Hell yes Laird… I miss three games and all the sudden the Tigers are in business. I’ll take it.

  24. Brian P

    May 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    As Steve Berthiaume might say: Ryan Perry, how’s your command, please?

  25. Coleman

    May 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    D is back in the D, and it sure beats April in the D….

  26. mcb.

    May 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    This is a great game. Nice defense. I’m glad I’m up here… the other mcb. sounds kinda steamed about the Red Wings game he’s watching in the basement.

  27. Dead Rabbit

    May 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    The Rabbit lurks

  28. tom

    May 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    If there is a loving and just God in this world, Jason Grilli will come on in relief and we will destroy him.

  29. Brian P

    May 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Why is Perry back out? Upon further review: Whatever. I’ll shutup.

  30. David G.

    May 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Ok, Dan, Helton’s days of being Pujols lite are a bit behind him…

  31. mcb.

    May 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    In other news, I think I’m going to start a group known as “Porcello’s Pumas”. I’m not old enough to be a cougar, so, it works.

  32. Vince in MN

    May 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    The Other Kid has another nice outing. You have to wonder what Perry will be like when cuts his walks down.

  33. mcb.

    May 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    YES!!! GRILLI!!!

  34. tom

    May 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Yes! Grilli!

  35. Anson

    May 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm


  36. Brian P

    May 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Mario thought Clete might bunt. But Jim knows better than to give Grilli a free out.

    Hurdle?! Why?!

  37. tom

    May 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I love the random hecklers shouting out “Grilli sucks! Grilli is the worst!”

  38. mcb.

    May 22, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Grilli leaving so soon? BOOOO

  39. Brian P

    May 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Please! Joel has been ugly, but that was strike three to Stewart.

  40. Tbone

    May 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    ZuZu got robbed on that call to Stewart. Should have been ballgame.

  41. Tbone

    May 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm


  42. mcb.

    May 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Thank goodness! Now I guess I have to join the disaster in the basement with the Red Wings.

    Notice that the winning run was off Grilli?

  43. Anson

    May 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I guess Zoom Zoom wanted to try riding the rollercoaster tonight.

  44. Mr. Jimmy

    May 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Todd Jones-Rollercoaster1
    Fernando Rodney-Rollercoaster2
    Joel Zumaya-Rollercoaster3

  45. David

    May 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Great game. I go tomorrow, hopefully Armando will be able to give them a QS.

    I love hard slides+D+Speed+Pitching. Awesome.

    I hate to be negative but I thought they’d win 6 or7 this home stand, I hope I’m wrong.

  46. Mr. X

    May 23, 2009 at 3:07 am

    YES!!!!!! :YES !!!! The Tigers win their 7th game in a row. Maybe it’s the beer, but I can’t remember the last time we lost.

  47. Coleman

    May 23, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Mr. X: I doubt the quantities of beer were noteworthy…you didn’t even let us know that their “magic number” is…