Game 2009.056: Tigers at White Sox

by billfer on June 8, 2009 · 119 comments

in 2009 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: It’s the start of a 5 game series, which just seems kind of crazy. I guess the nice thing is that for the team that loses the first game they have 4 more chances to avoide the sweep.

Armando Galarraga gets the day shift in the double header today. He’s coming off of back-to-back quality starts after really struggling in his previous 5 outings. Clayton Richard gets the ball for the White Sox. To contrast, he’s coming off a rough start after a string of 3 games where he only allowed a combined 4 runs in 20 innings.

There’s more stats and stuff here: Baseball Reference Preview

Detroit vs. Chi White Sox – June 8, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

 
 

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Jerry the Tiger Fan June 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Getting at least a plit of the DH today is CRITICAL. If we get swept today, we will be staring down the barrel of the Chisox making up significant ground on us. Tuesday is already a stone-cold lock as a loss because Willis vs. Buerhle is the mismatch of the century. I like our chances in the last two games with Verlander and Jackson, but we really need one of these two games today otherwise we are looking at an 0-3 deficit in the series and needing the last two just to avoid what would essentially be equivalent to a three game sweep for the White Sox (they would gain three games on us if they take four of five same as if they swept us in a three game series).

I want at least three wins in this series, so a double-dip loss today makes that impossible (remember tomorrow is almost assuredly a loss). My hope is that Bonderman impresses enough tonight to take Willis’ spot in the rotation going forward, because after witnessing Dontrelle’s latest meltdown in person last Thursday I don’t think I can watch another Little League pitching performance ever again from one of our pitchers. The sooner Dontrelle lands back on the DL for his “anxiety disorder”, the better for all Tiger fans. Hell, even if Bondo doesn’t work out I’d rather see Miner start over Willis.

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 1:55 pm

The lineup for the opener, featuring Miggy back at 1st base and Sardinha behind the plate:

Granderson, CF
Polanco, 2B
Ordonez, RF
Cabrera, 1B
Thames, DH
Inge, 3B
Raburn, LF
Everett, SS
Sardinha, C

Also, Jason Beck reorts that a roster move will be made after the first game. Will they carry 13 pitchers?

Mark in Chicago June 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I hate the White Sox

Andre in Chi June 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm

On the bright side, if we do enough damage in this series…might get Ozzie fired.

Brian P June 8, 2009 at 2:26 pm

At the pace Armando is pitching, they might have to push back the night game a bit.

Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin) June 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Rain, please.

Matt June 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Hopefully that was just Armando’s way of dedicating the first inning to Bonderman. It’s how 2008 Bonderman would have wanted it.

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm

33-pitch 1st inning does not bode well for the Tiger bullpen.

Dylan June 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm

What the hell happened to Armando “Our Real Ace” Galarraga

I just hope the Tigers can win 2 out of 5… If they get one today that’d be huge.

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Thames and Inge just combined for about 750 feet of fly ball off of Clay-Dick…I will be disappointed if this ends up a low-scoring game…

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Clutch Everett! And now all we need is a hit from…oh…um, nevermind…

Matt June 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Dear Pineapple:

I don’t expect you to get a hit. Just please try and avoid GIDP. Thanks.

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Wow, now see if I’m a backup catcher who bats sub-.200, I would learn to bunt AND make sure I know the signs…but that’s just me…

jud June 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm

pretty bad when you have to hope your sub 200 catcher can put down a suicide sqeeze instead of hitting the ball like real batter

Matt June 8, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Good enough, Dino. Thanks.

Brian P June 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm

That felt like a true major league offensive inning. Also, I find it interesting umpires will call the little flinching balks, but not balks on lefties that step 3 feet toward home plate but go to first.

Vince in MN June 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Willis pitching the day after a doubleheader also does not bode well for the bullpen. Let’s hope both Galarraga and Bonderman can both go at least 6 today. And no extra inning contests please.

jud June 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm

not quite the 3-0 meat ball you were looking for Inge

Jerry the Tiger Fan June 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Is this umpire’s strike zone weird or is it just me? Clayton Richard has gotten a number of high/inside strike calls and then Marcus Thames gets a walk on what I thought were two strikes. Also, nice AB inge. Swing away on a 3-0 pitch and pop it up to shallow RF. Brilliant.

Brian P June 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I thought Marcus got a make-up call after the first pitch. Armando missed the glove setup on the inside on the first pitch to Dye, but it was still down the middle. Umpires miss that call all the time.

T Smith June 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm

I don’t begrudge the 3-0 green light. It was a risk, he took it, and it didn’t pay off. True, if you’re gonna swing on 3-0 it should probably be a pitch you can’t resist, and also be hit with a litte more authority than Inge hit it. But I chalk it up to an acceptable calculated risk.

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm

No question, especially considering 1. He’s followed by the “pray for walks and errors” portion of the line-up, and 2. In his previous AB he drove one to the CF wall so he had reason to think he could hit this guy, and 3: hey! give the guy a break! That there was the FIRST 3-0 pitch Inge has swung at this season…

jud June 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm

still good to see Thames in the lineup…he just looks like a hitter..and a lot of times he is

jud June 8, 2009 at 3:09 pm

hey Armondo at least throw your glove at those balls that keep going between your legs

jud June 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I have a question : Have the Tigers EVER gotten Dye out?

Brian P June 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm

FSN needs to cut the microphone by the guy shouting “Nice, niiice!” after every beneficial pitch.

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Hey, did Hawk Harrelson ever tell you about the time Joe Cronin took a liking to him and taught him how to move around in the batters box? That was the season he led the league–no wait, all of baseball–in RBI!! Did you know that?

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm

With that last DP Inge is now tied with Longoria for the major league lead in 3B DP with 17….

Kevin in Dallas (used to be Austin) June 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Anyone else having trouble with MLB.tv today?

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm

For some reason in Safari it kept going to the “game temporarily not available” thing but it’s been more or less fine in Firefox (it usually works much better in Safari)…who knows it could be flash cookie stuff?

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Richard must be auditioning for the Tigers 5th rotation spot.

3 Walks in a row is very impressive.

Dylan June 8, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I’m listening through MLB.tv and the Tigers radio feed died… Sox one working fine.

Raburn needs to make em pay here.

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Atta boy Brandon. I’d like to see Richard pitch well against every other team in the league considering his UM ties, but not today…
Too bad he didn’t play baseball for UM, probably would have been a great pitcher at the collegiate level.

Jerry the Tiger Fan June 8, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Hey! A bases loaded walk by the OTHER team. I like it. Lets go Tigers! Break this one open with a granny.

jud June 8, 2009 at 3:41 pm

that BB loaded walk is coming up quite a bit lately..

jud June 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm

can I say this again have the tigers EVER gotten Dye out one time even??????

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm

#@!%** Jermaine-Luke Crede-Dye @#!**! again, you must be kidding…

jud June 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I ask again have the Tigers EVER gotten Dye out I mean EVER

Dave T. June 8, 2009 at 3:53 pm

According to CBS sports Dye has 14 HR in 50 games vs. the Tigers
Before today

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Galarraga getting squeezed again. The umps sure do hate him.

jud June 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm

According to Rod 26 dingers and 81 RBI in career

Matt June 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Dear Pineapple:

I don’t expect you to get a hit. Just avoid GIDP. Thanks.

(worked last time).

jud June 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm

nice at bat…at least your doing something good

Birdy June 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Yes, MLBTV problems.

Why didn’t Clete pinch hit for Raburn with the bases full off the righty Carrasco?

Brian P June 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm

haha. I have never seen anyone foul off a pitchout before. That was amazing.

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

On gameday it was referred to as an ‘unknown strike.’ Never seen that one before.

jud June 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

nice move Palonco //you should teach that to a few other guys

Dave T. June 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I have a couple of buddies who have been saying that big Cabby likes to hang out late in B’ham.

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I bet Miggy can pound a pint or two… or three… or four… or five… or… you get the point.

Matt June 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Little known fact: He actually tweaked his hamstring doing the “running man” on a B’ham dance floor.

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

This isn’t looking like such a good decision to keep mando in.

tiff June 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm

would it be too fan-girly of me to ask where? yea, I thought so. This comment never happened.

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm

This ump appears to have a terrible strikezone, that last punch out by Galarraga didn’t look near the strikezone on gameday.

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Gotta give Battlestar some credit – he hung in there long enough for another quality start. Now bring it home boys!

Dave T. June 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Do you think he has another innning in him?

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I was surprised to see him come out for the 7th. He looked solid in the 6th though and JL has to preserve the pen as best he can today.

jud June 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm

good Pierzynski story: the writers asked Guillen, because everyone hates AJ if his teammates like him,,and Guillen said” no they just hate him less”

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Nice game for Galarraga. Time to yank him. JL say’s not yet.

Dylan June 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm

I don’t know how I feel about leaving Armando in the game… Recipe for disaster IMO.

Mark in Chicago June 8, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Dye batting this inning scares me. I hate that guy.

Dunno about letting Galarraga start this inning. The bullpen is taxed and all, but you can’t bring Robertson in to face to the first two hitters?

EDIT: And then he leaves him in after the leadoff walk?!?!? Oh this is not going to end well…

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I guess we’re trying to save the pen for game 2.

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I’ll be REALLY happy with just a walk to Dye…

EDIT: Well, maybe not.

Mark in Chicago June 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Wow, if you look on Gameday where that last pitch to Dye was, it looks like Armando got away with one.

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Getting Dye out in that situation felt like a double play…

jud June 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

instead of 2 for three, that out should make him 2 for 4 in that situation

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Of course Thome has something like 300 career homers off us, doesn’t he??

jud June 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

there’s the key to him hitting only .281 he swings at balls once in awhile

Brian P June 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Have another red bull, Bobby. Ugh.

Edit: Phew.

Dave T. June 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I believe they call it effectively wild

jud June 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm

he’s been way more effective this year JL using him as a situational lefty and yet lefties rocked him last year…this year nooooo!

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Attaboy Seay! He got squeezed on the pitch before, but Thome couldn’t catch the high heater. That inning couldn’t have went much better for the Tigers. Just need some insurance runs.

Mark in Chicago June 8, 2009 at 4:36 pm

phew. need runs. many, many runs.

or an incredibly quick inning. you know, whatever feels right… sheesh

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Zoom Zoom time.

Mark in Chicago June 8, 2009 at 4:40 pm

oh jeez. throw strikes, zumaya.

jud June 8, 2009 at 4:42 pm

we need the strike throwing Zumaya

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Konerko = Dye.

Mark in Chicago June 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

great job.

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Ouch. Konerko smoked that one.

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Bunting there sure was stupid. What was Ozzie thinking?

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm

You know both managers would just LOVE extra innings in this one.

I wonder if Raburn can pitch?

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Bet you Inge can.

Mark in Chicago June 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm

If memory serves, Inge was in fact a reliever in college.

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm

From Inge’s bio on his college’s (VCU) web page:

Brandon Inge
…
”on the VCU top-10 season lists for runs, total bases, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks, AND SAVES, while ranking among the institution’s career-leaders for batting average, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, home runs, AND SAVES”

Matt June 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Maggs, Cabrera and Thames… I like it.

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Need one of our big boys to get ahold of one here.

Vince in MN June 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Three fastballs in a row to a power hitter. Zumaya’s pitch selection, they way he mixes them anyway, leaves something to be disired. He has done this before, relying too much on the 100mph FB.

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Crede would have made that play…

Brian P June 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Inge!

Tbone June 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Binge!

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Inge baby Inge!

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Keep binging Branden!

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm

RBInge!!

He tuned out the siren’s call for the GIDP!

Coleman June 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Wow, I completely underestimated Inge!

He didn’t IGNORE the lure of the GIDP–he REDIRECTED the force of the GIDP against the arch-enemy DYE!

Matt Wieters wants to be Brandon Inge when he grows up!!

(Also Inge sleeps standing up with his eyes wide open by the way)

Matt June 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Oi, Dye is coming up again?

Gonna have to earn this one.

jud June 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm

can Zoom luck out two days in a row blow a save team wins anyway

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Yes!!! Rodney with the Save!!

Brian P June 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Rodney! Inge with 18!

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm

And now Inge can take the league lead in DP for third basemen. Nice.

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Bonderman is NEXT!

Ryan P. June 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Great win. Zumaya has mastered the art of giving up the right amount of runs in order to pick up the win.

Gotta like our chances to sweep the doubleheader tonight with Contreras pitching, regardless of how good/bad Bondo is.

jud June 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm

me too

jud June 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Dye sucks! can;t hit a lick

Chris June 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Rodney with the save and he did it on only 8 pitches. That may make him available tomorrow.. I think we have to admit that he has stepped up to the closer role very well so far… much better than anyone thought

Ryan P. June 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Or even tonight. Hehe.

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I think the 8 pitches makes Rodney available again tonight if we need him.

jud June 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm

funny in Rodneys blown save loss he couldn’t throw his change up at all…don’t you think the bullpen coach would notice that …or do they just say what the hell and put him in anyway…..other than that he has really been ok, or better all year

ouchudied June 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Warming up in the bullpen in baseball is analogous to hitting on the range in golf. Sometimes, a pitcher will have great stuff in the pen only to lose it on the mound. Or, the pitcher won’t have any feel in the pen but then find it on the mound. Same goes for golf. Sometimes, on the range, you can stripe the ball only to find that you can’t hit it on the course. Or vice versa. My point is, you don’t know if the pitcher has it until he is actually on the mound throwing to the batter.

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Rodney hasn’t blown a save or a lead all year.

jud June 8, 2009 at 6:27 pm

scuse me Rodneys LOSS

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Ryan Perry sent to Toledo for Bonderman.

Chris June 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Really? I wonder who is going to lose their starting role? Dontrelle or Armando?

Ryan P. June 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm

My guess is Dontrelle, but it depends on how his next start is.

Vince in MN June 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Tigers caught a break there – Sox were playing giveaway today, but that’s OK. Rollercoaster II comes through in the ninth and gets Dye to hit into the DP, which kinda makes up for the HR earlier. I’m still not convinced that the pitching staff and defense can compensate for this scratch and sniff offense in the long run.

Jerry the Tiger Fan June 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

That was a huge win for the Tigers. I think that with Rodney only needing 8 pitches to get the save that he’d be available again tonight if we are fortunate enough to have a lead of three or less in the ninth inning. Armando gutted out a decent performance for us and we should have a relatively fresh bullpen for tonight. Other than Zumaya, I’d think everyone else would be available. Oh, Leyland just mentioned that Perry is going down to Toledo to make room for Bonderman to start tonight’s game.

I’m interested to see if Bonderman can become more of a pitcher and less of a thrower now that he doesn’t have the 94 mph fastball in his arsenal.

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm

That game was far more CRITICAL for the White Sox than it was for the Tigers. Chicago is playing in desperation. They actually have a losing record at home. They were playing like a last place team making all kinds of stupid mental errors. The balk, the catcher’s interference, the fielding errors, the bad managing (bunting vs Zumaya’s 100 mph fastball after he gave up a homerun and a walk), just all around poor baseball.

I predict that both Chicago and Cleveland will be having a fire sales soon.

Tigers with a 3 game win streak right now!! If the we can just play .500 ball, we will have this division handed to us on a silver platter. We sometimes look like we can play better than that.

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 6:46 pm

The Tigers are actually 7th in ESPN’s power rankings-
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/powerranking
This is what they say about the Tigers-
“On fire! Edwin Jackson is 5-1 with an 0.76 ERA and 34 K’s in 45.1 IP in his past six outings.”

Mr. X June 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm

The White Sox have lost 6 out of their last 7 games. In 3 of those games they were shutout.

Jerry the Tiger Fan June 8, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Does anyone know what pick the Tigers have in tomorrow’s draft?

jri June 8, 2009 at 7:44 pm

The Tigers pick 9th tomorrow.

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