Game 2009.096: White Sox at Tigers

by billfer on July 25, 2009 · 30 comments

in 2009 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: Can the Tigers pick up another win against the White Sox? To do so they’ll have to get past Gavin Floyd who has kind of owned the Tigers since even before he was good.

Floyd has fanned 14 and walked just 2 in his last 2 starts. However he has allowed 5 of his 12 homers in those last 2 starts as well.

But things aren’t that easy for the White Sox either who will have to deal with Edwin Jackson. Jackson has been walking too many lately but has still pitched into the 7th inning in his last 5 starts.

This is a Fox game of of the week. Chris Rose and Mark Grace are your announcers, and unfortunately if you’re not in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, or Indianapolis you’ll be watching this one through the magic of MLB Gameday.

Chi White Sox vs. Detroit – July 25, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: Yay. Baseball is fun again. The Tigers have found some clutch mojo and the timing couldn’t be more clutch. This team was a disaster 48 hours ago and now they have a 3 game lead in the division. I love baseball.

Edwin Jackson’s control wasn’t as sharp as it was early in the season, but once again you look and he’s gotten the team into the 7th inning stretch and has only allowed 3 runs. Yay.

The offense never really figured out Gavin Floyd, but they took advantage of Paul Konerko error and did that whole “score the runner from 3rd with less than 2 out thing.” Miguel Cabrera got a hit with a runner in scoring position. Yay.

And when the Tigers needed some late inning runs, they got bloopers and worked counts and scratched out a run in the 9th off of Jenks and one more in the 10th, and you can put it on the board.

  • The number 3 hitter sacrifice bunting in the 1st inning is, well, unconventional. But it worked.
  • I can’t figure out why the Tigers weren’t more aggressive on the bases today. Granderson and Thomas both found themselves on 1st base but weren’t green lighted and both ended up the front end of double plays. AJ Pierzynski is throwing out nobody. Run wild on him. Raburn got caught stealing, but that’s only because he slid off the base.
  • Carlos Guillen seems pretty comfortable. The winning hit wasn’t crushed by any means, but he hung in there with 2 strikes and got his second hit of the day.
  • What do you think of the decision to not bunt Guillen in the 10th. I really wanted to see what Guillen would do in that situation, but I have to say I would have bunted to get the winning run to 3rd. It worked out, but that took some stones from Leyland because if that grounder turns into a double play ball he’d never hear the end of it.
  • Fernando Rodney, 11 pitches and 3 outs. That’s 2 very clean outings in a row. Knock on proverbial wood.
  • Ryan Perry looked very much in control and turned in 2 clean innings.
 
 

{ 30 comments }

Chris in Nashville July 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I HATE Fox Saturday Games. They are never on here.

David G. July 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Ditto. I am in the market of the Phillies and they have seemingly been on every week.

ouchudied July 25, 2009 at 4:55 pm

According to gameday, it seems Jackson is being hit hard. So far he has recorded three outs by line drives. Is he really being hit that hard?

Jerry the Tiger Fan July 26, 2009 at 12:44 am

Yeah, they were stinging some balls hard off of E-Jax today.

qbwaggle July 25, 2009 at 5:42 pm

maybe it’s been mentioned before, but has anyone noticed that Chris Rose describes 90% of balls put into play as “ripped”.

mcb July 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Ejax could be 7-6 with a 2.60 era. Poor guy.

Tbone July 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Still close, still have a chance. How about some late inning heroics?

Forty July 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Ozzie not going to turn Carlos around it seems

Smith July 25, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Dang Santiago!! All we needed was a flyball to the outfield! Anything but a popup to short! Leaving it all to Granderson…

Jerry the Tiger Fan July 26, 2009 at 12:45 am

Could’ve been worse. At least he didn’t follow the lead of his teammates and hit intothe dreaded GIDP.

Smith July 25, 2009 at 7:04 pm

WOW GRANDY!! WOOOO!

Mike in CT July 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm

You can put it on the board….

Forty July 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Dear Hawk, put this on the board: 3 game lead, sweep on Sunday.

Kevin in Dallas July 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Today was a good day.

Anson July 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

HELL YEAH CARLOS!!!

scotsw July 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I really like this Guillen guy we picked up at the deadline. He’s been a nice add.

jud July 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm

LETS BRING THE BROOMS TOMORROW!!!!!!!

jud July 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm

lets see Anderson out and Guillen in…did that work or what!!!!!!

Jeff July 25, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I don’t have a problem with not bunting Guillen. Raburn (who may have been intentionally walked) and Inge are both major threats to pop up or strike out. If it was Santiago at the plate with Granderson and Polanco following, that’s different.

steeser July 25, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Bunting Guillen would have been a bad move strategically, as Raburn would then have been intentionally walked, putting Everett at the plate. With Maggs the only other available player, he probably sticks with Everett there.

mcb July 25, 2009 at 11:38 pm

I was down there and I was surprised the crowd was not louder. Maybe there were too many Sox fans. Went with my friend who brought his 5 year old to his first game. The little guy felt fully responsible for the win since we taught him about the rally cap in the 9th inning.

Kevin in Dallas July 26, 2009 at 12:19 am

Awesome.

Ron July 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

I was there and was fairly impressed with how loud it was in the 9th, actually. Not much happened before that to make noise about.

Jeff July 25, 2009 at 11:38 pm

My mistake, it would have been Everett, not Inge, in that situation.

Keith (Mr. X) July 26, 2009 at 12:33 am

It’s the bottom of the ninth inning,
Tigers have no chance at winning,
on the mound is Obama’s fat lady singing.

Gruntled fans turn off the TV’s in despair,
but then something miraculous starts stirring in the air,
Tigers tie it with a Granderson double dare.
Then win in the 10th on a Guillen flare.

The lesson is that it’s never over till it’s done,
no need to cry tonight because the Tigers have won.

Mark in Chicago July 26, 2009 at 12:42 am

I don’t think you bunt Guillen there at all. He’s a good hitter and has swung the bat well since coming off the DL. Why take the bat out of his hands?

Jerry the Tiger Fan July 26, 2009 at 12:48 am

Plus I don’t remember Guillen being a particularly adept bunter in his Tiger career. I agree with not bunting there, however if Everett, Laird or Santiago were up a bunt would’ve been in order.

Chris in Dallas July 26, 2009 at 1:17 am

Must disagree on the last bullet point billfer (for one of the rare times) – Perry worries the hell out of me. The DP was just what the doctor ordered, but he got a case of the yips after that. Isn’t there anybody that can throw strikes as a set-up man?

That probably sounds like whining and I don’t mean it to. Like I said, this is going to be a sweep with extreme prejudice. Go Porcello!

Quick question – am I going to be the only one watching the game on mute? Fire Joe Morgan. Dot com. And such. (Goodness gracious, I miss those guys)

Greg July 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm

We should sign Chad Henne for tonight’s game.

Dwayne July 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm

For the price of one great night at the ball park surely you could buy a sports package from a cable provider.Watch them all. For me there is only two teams in MLB. Us and them. Yesterday, I liked us to win and right down to the end knew we were in it. What more than that can a fan ask for? When it comes to the end of the regular season and they give us one more road series or home stand. Thank you.
As for skipper’s decisions? If he never hears the end of anything… it aint coming from the bench.
Inge looked like he was about to pick up a crystal vase when he was running to the mob at home. I wonder if someone yelled “dont break him’. If so then someone is thinkin’.
This team offers me the chance to let my imagination run wild and free.
Call me crszy if you would like, but i see Maggs hitting some hard liners in Boston. Lots of hard liners. I dont know if we have a trip there left this year or not but I know we got the White Sox today. Great summary of the game Billfer.
Here is a hanging curve for someone to beat on.
Guillen in and Anderson out is a no brainer. Personally I would like to see management keep him around and away from others for sure. With a good jump that kid could score on a wiffed bunt.
Holliday went 3 for 4 his first game with St Louis. Guillen also hit well. Would think there would be a spike in average. Holliday because he now has something to play for. Guillen because he is back with his team. One that everyday could win. Timing is everything and his return and bats heating up at the same time would be a blessing. It is Sunday.

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