Game 2009.060: Tigers at White Sox

by billfer on June 11, 2009 · 99 comments

in 2009 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: The Tigers have already won the series, but they really have a chance to put an exclamation point on it today. With Edwin Jackson on the mound, Tigers fans expect a dominating pitching performance because we’ve been so spoiled this year.

Gavin Floyd is on a roll of his own though. In his last 4 starts he has a 2.12 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 8 walks in 29.2 innings. He’s only allowed 1 homer in that span as well. So despite the 5.35 ERA on the season, this isn’t a struggling pitcher. But the Tigers haven’t done much against struggling pitchers anyways.

Detroit vs. Chi White Sox – June 11, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: At least it was interesting and the loss was much easier to take with the series already in hand, but the Tigers had to watch the White Sox win a walk-off. That it got to a bottom of the 9th was probably the biggest surprise though.

Gavin Floyd absolutely dominated the Tigers. Ramon Santiago homered, but that was really the only damage against him. Meanwhile, Jackson gave the Tigers a chance to win, but his control wasn’t on and he couldn’t get the call on breaking balls low in the zone and he was done after 5 innings.

Thankfully Curtis Granderson took Bobby Jenks deep to tie the game in the 9th. Listening to Hawk’s call was fun in that it sounded like he was punched in the gut. Listening to him when Podsednik bounced one between first and second to win was miserable.

 
 

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Dylan June 11, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Jerry the Tiger Fan June 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I’d rather have Hawpe than Spilborghs, but Hawpe would probably cost us more than Spilborghs. I’d be interested to hear what COL is asking for these two players. BTW, love your avatar. GO Blue! Go Beilein!

Dylan June 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I’m not quite sure how it showed up honestly. Apparently it’s linked to my e-mail somehow.

I’m with you though, Go Blue and Go Beilein.

Tbone June 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm

What’s the weather look like in Chicago today?

chief June 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Anderson’s leading off.

Dave T. June 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm

any word on the rain delay? chisox may want to skip this one today based on how they are playing and who is on the mound.

T Smith June 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm

If they have any say whatsoever they absolutely call this one. They would much rather reschedule this game with Quentin and Konerko back in the lineup and only a 20% chance of facing EJ instead.

What is the weather like? Anyone know? Is this game gonna happen or not?

Jerry the Tiger Fan June 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm

FSN Detroit is saying it will start at approx. 5:00 PM EDT.

Ryan June 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm

According to Beck (http://beck.mlblogs.com/), it looks like 2:45.

Dave T. June 11, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Thanks for the heads up.
Odd line-up today.

Ryan June 11, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Yea, I’ll be shocked to see Anderson/Raburn/Thomas ever leading off again.

Tbone June 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm

The “get out of town” lineup, certain to cure any offensive ills:

Anderson, LF
Raburn, 1B
Thomas, RF
Cabrera, DH
Granderson, CF
Inge, 3B
Laird, C
Santiago, 2B
Everett, SS

Ryan P. June 11, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Still planning to start soon?

Ryan June 11, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Following Beck’s twitter feed (http://twitter.com/beckjason), the rain’s not letting up.

Ryan P. June 11, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Damn you for blocking twitter, IT person.

Dave T. June 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm

looks like its gonna be light rain for a while in Chicago…at least a couple hours

Mark in Chicago June 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Still raining, but it’s lightened up considerably. They will probably get this one in, but it may not start for a while.

It’s Ozzie’s call until the game starts, BTW. So I am totally expecting him to pull the plug and live to fight another day.

Incidentally, Hawk has been extra sickening this time around, I think he’s starting to lose it. He was complaining in last night’s game about how the Sox “gave the Tigers 2 wins in this series”. How do you figure, Hawk? Ugh, he’s just so insufferable.

I hate the White Sox.

Brenden June 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I”m thinking the Tigers need to make a deal to get Huston Street and Ryan Spilborghs from the Rockies…

Brenden June 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Or maybe even Juan Pierre…I have a feeling Guillen is not going to be back for a while…

Ryan P. June 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Juan Pierre would be an awesome pickup. Might cost too much, though.

Mark in Chicago June 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Juan Pierre routinely makes more outs than any other batter in the league and can’t throw. I do not want him on my team (his awesome numbers so far this year notwithstanding).

ouchudied June 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm

So… is the consensus still that baseball is going to be played today?

ouchudied June 11, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Looking at the radar I see clear skies over chi-town!

Brenden June 11, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Haven’t seen a “postponed” notice yet?

Dylan June 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Jason Beck: The tarp has just come off. Possibly looking at a 5pm ET start, unofficially.

http://twitter.com/beckjason

ouchudied June 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I’m interested to know the reaction of Rays fans to this EJ deal. Anyone know of a Rays blog that talks about the trade?

Ryan P. June 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I’ve visited their SB-Nation blog, DRaysBay, a few times. They’re rather disappointed about it but the smarter ones realize Edwin had entered arbitration and they couldn’t afford him.

http://www.draysbay.com/2009/6/2/896925/edwin-jackson-should-still-be-here
http://www.draysbay.com/2009/5/9/870734/so-uh-edwin-jacksons-been-pretty
http://www.draysbay.com/2009/5/31/894597/edwin-jackson-pitches-2-hitter#comments

Keith (Mr. X) June 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm

From what I’ve read Rays fans are beyond pissed. They can’t stand to even hear Jackson’s name anymore. To add fuel to the fire, Joyce is hitting .188.

Brenden June 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Just saw it on the broadcast, 5pm ET it is, it looks like it is suppose to be clear for the rest of the night.

Keith June 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Yankee’s headline-
“Wang (21.61 ERA) still has rotation spot.”
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4251629

Maybe Tiger fans really have been spoiled this year. Willis’ ERA (6.60) looks great compared to Wang’s.

ouchudied June 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm

I absolutely hate Gavin Floyd. They always win when he is on the mound (9-1 in his 10 starts).

Mark in Chicago June 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Floyd kills us, I hate him most of all the White Sox. I hope we don’t get no-hit today, because I don’t think I could take it.

jud June 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm

how come Dye seems 20 for 21 on the series and yet he is 5 for 16? I guess when your winning you don’t seem to notice as much

Kevin in Dallas June 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Man, it takes cojones to throw that 3-2 with the bases juiced.

Skip June 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Tigers continue to draft players with family ties
They picked Little Porcello, another Avila, Fields, Roof and Rod Allen’s son

Mark in Chicago June 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I have no problem with that. Avila looks like a legit prospect, as does Fields (even if he’s headed to UM). Besides, they are usually taken so late that anyone drafted there is a crapshoot anyway.

jud June 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm

anyone have a good guess why JL runs Granderson so rarely…11 steal attempts aren’t very many for a guy with his speed..15 pitches that inning he went on a 2 out 0-2 pitch…only one

Ryan P. June 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Sexy comeback by the A’s to beat the Twins. Sure would be nice to put another game between us here.

Chris June 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Man I am soooo sick of starting pitchers dominate the Tigers…. Can we have one pitcher struggle… Just one

Keith (Mr. X) June 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Like mark buehrle?

I guess he didn’t really struggle much though.

Keith (Mr. X) June 11, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Tomorrow Ian Snell.

Joel in Seattle June 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm

The Tigers sure aren’t wasting their time in their at bats…

Chris June 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

They have no concept of the grind-out AB. When a pitcher has his best stuff, as Floyd always does for the Tigers, you try to make him work by being patient and fouling off pitches. You have to try to run up the pitch count so you can get to the bullpen. You try to draw walks. You do everything to avoid the worthless ABs.

Brian P June 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm

This lineup might as well have been written on a white flag. Ugh. Why rest when Jackson is pitching?

Chris June 11, 2009 at 6:36 pm

I HATE EF-ING GAVIN FLOYD… He sucks all season but then puts together the only good start on this day. I just knew this would happen. He sucks but he somehow owns this team.

billfer June 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

You might want to read my game post. Floyd has been awesome his last 4 starts. Of course, this time he has the benefit of facing a lineup who’s best bet might be to have laird through thomas bunt consecutively.

Skip June 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I like the fact that the Tigers draft people with family ties. It shows loyalty (although a lot of other teams do it too)
Anyone know anything on Jake Porcello (aka Little Porcello)? Where’s he heading to college?

Steve June 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Chris, It may not be the pitcher, It could be us…………….

We need some hits and runs

Chris June 11, 2009 at 6:48 pm

We need to grind out the ABs… Stop trying to get hits…

Keith (Mr. X) June 11, 2009 at 6:50 pm

one swing can tie it up.

Nope. Inge missed.

Brenden June 11, 2009 at 6:57 pm

I have to say, I think it is time for Leyland to stop tinkering with the line-up. Leave it alone for a couple games and see what happens.

Kevin in Dallas June 11, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I’m starting to think that’s the reason for the team-wide prolonged slump. I can’t come up with anything else.

Brenden June 11, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Exactly….nobody can get comfortable in their slot when they are moving around so much. And can anyone tell me how Ordonez and Polanco are doing any good sitting on the bench tonight? I just don’t understand all of the line up tinkering. Laissez faire!!!

Keith (Mr. X) June 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Ramon!! Touch ‘em all!

Kevin in Dallas June 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm

PEDs?

Coleman June 11, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Ramon’s previous at bat was what, 10 pitches? He got his timing down on Floyd and went for it…

Coleman June 11, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Oh, brilliant Anderson…

Kevin in Dallas June 11, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Guess what this is:
.245 .325 .427 .752
.227 .320 .409 .729

ouchudied June 11, 2009 at 7:11 pm

BA OBP SLG OPS.

Damn I’m good.

Kevin in Dallas June 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm

For?

Kevin in Dallas June 11, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I gotta leave the office, so I’ll answer it myself.

It’s who won’t be getting on in front of Miggy when he hits his game tying meaningless homerun.

Brian P June 11, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Our 2-3 hitters in the starting lineup.

ouchudied June 11, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I probably don’t want to know…

Coleman June 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm

OK, but what is this then:
1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000

Brenden June 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Two spots that need work…Offense and bull pen….Hopefully we will see something before the deadline…

Chris June 11, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Robertson is worse than useless.

Brian P June 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Curtis! Rod should really stop calling him CJ.

Keith (Mr. X) June 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm

YES BABY! Granderson! TIE GAME

Joel in Seattle June 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm

GRANDY!

Coleman June 11, 2009 at 7:26 pm

It must suck being a white sox fan right now…and am I a bad person if I admit I enjoy that thought?

Chris June 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Are you kidding? Enjoy their disappointment.

Joel in Seattle June 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm

So, who can still pitch whose last name is not Robertson?

I should add, no matter who it is, I pick them.

Ben in Denver June 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm

GRANDY! Love that guy.

Chris June 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Flashbacks of WS ’06, anyone?

Brian P June 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm

The Tigers are too cool for PFP.

Coleman June 11, 2009 at 7:35 pm

PFP is a BFD

Brenden June 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm

WHAT THE?!?!?! That was so a strike!

Joel in Seattle June 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Now look what you’ve done, Zoom. You have to strike out the side.

Coleman June 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm

woo hoo! we’re in the world series! …right?…oh…

Joel in Seattle June 11, 2009 at 7:36 pm

What’s the on-field delay?

Brian P June 11, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Whatever, Joel. There was no ninth inning to save him this time.

Matt June 11, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I think Zoom-Zoom should be our new closer.

Who’s with me?

Brenden June 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Oh well….nice try on the comeback, ZoomZoom got himself into trouble, hopefully it won’t be a pattern. Good series win though, would have been better with 4.

Chris June 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Remember when we used to wish Zumaya would come off the DL?

ouchudied June 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Apparently no one told Zumaya you can’t get the win if you lose the lead in the bottom of the ninth. Its the tops of the innings where that is possible, Joel.

Skip June 11, 2009 at 8:11 pm

@Matt
Zoom-Zoom as closer- not yet…
He will be… Soon.
Rodney isn’t doing horribly, just recently he lost it
I doubt it will be reoccuring
Still… Posednick (sp?) should have been out on fan interference

Skip June 11, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Zumaya looked pretty good tho…
High 90′s her on outside corners
With our inconsistent bullpen, anything can happen!!!

Matt June 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I was being sarcastic.

I didn’t see the game but I don’t see how Zumaya could have looked good when he didn’t get a single out.

Skip June 11, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Ah.
Well, then…
*Awkward*

Keith (Mr. X) June 11, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Clete Thomas sent packing to Triple-A.

Don Kelly gets the call.

Jerry the Tiger Fan June 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Wow. Did anyone see the postgame comment by Leyland re: Clete? “He’s going down to the minors to learn to shorten his swing”. He’s replaced by Jerry Kelly? Who? Isn’t Kelly an infileder? How do we need another utility infielder on the roster with Santiago already here and doing well? Weird move if you ask me. I’d rather see Ryan Raburn sent back down before Clete.

I’m proud of the way the guys battled in Chicago and took 3 out of 5 even with today’s tough loss. Good to see Santiago and Granderson show some heart and make Chicago work for it. Jackson wasn’t at his best today, but he battled and kept us in the game.

I wonder what Verlander and Jackson privately think to themselves some nights though with this anemic offense. Verlander nearly didn’t get enough offense to support his complete game six-hitter yesterday and the same for Jackson’s complete game win last Sunday. Its got to get frustrating putting up all those zeroes and watch your mates do the same against the other guy time and again. Its your move DD. We need more than Clete Thomas being swapped out for a minor league utility infielder.

Keith (Mr. X) June 11, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Detroit manager Jim Leyland said Kelly could start in left field when the Tigers begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday. He was batting .341 for Toledo.

“He can play all over. Pretty much anywhere,” Leyland said after the Tigers lost 4-3. “He gives us a little more versatility and a little more depth.”
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/2009-06-11-3106064387_x.htm

Keith (Mr. X) June 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm

I think it’s more of a reward for the 29 year old career minor leaguer. This might be Kelly’s last chance to play in a big league uniform in his home town of Pittsburgh. He’s got a hot bat anyway. No reason not to give him this cup of coffee.

Jerry the Tiger Fan June 12, 2009 at 2:33 am

At Clete’s expense? Clete Thomas has been far more productive than Raburn this year, long swing or not. Also, isn’t that what McClendon is there for? To help guys who are mechanically messed up hitting, much as Knapp is there for mechanically messed up pitchers? Why can’t McClendon work with him up here? I think this is a slap in the face to Clete, who’s helped the Tigers more than he has hurt them this year. I don’t like it and think it is completely unnecessary. I love how Leyland will pick on a kid who’s busting his ass and let veterans like Sheffield hit pop-up after pop-up and leave them in the lineup (see last season).

Keith June 12, 2009 at 10:43 am

Clete hasn’t been playing as much lately either. He hasn’t started in 4 of the last 6 games.

I love Clete too. I think he’ll be back ASAP.

jb61973 June 11, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Tonight’s lineup was nothing short of malpractice by Leyland. He’s just horrible.

Keith June 12, 2009 at 11:39 am

Actually that line-up was a very smart move by Leyland and was the complete opposite of malpractice. The game started with a 3 hour rain delay!!!!! It wouldn’t have been wise to risk playing Magglio, Polanco, Cabrera, and Thames on a wet playing field. Cabrera DH’d, while the rest sat.

jb61973 June 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm

wHY NOT JUST FORFEIT TO BEGIN WITH?

Keith June 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm

LOL. Well that’s just silly.

We got lucky anyway when Zumaya slipped that he didn’t break his ankle. I know I was holding my breath for a few seconds. Last thing we need is more injuries.

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