Game 2009.098: Tigers at Rangers
PREGAME: Oh boy, the Tigers are on the road again. That hasn’t exactly been their forte this summer. It should be hot and steamy at the Ballpark in Arlington (I always liked this place for the shout-out to Tiger Stadium with the upper level in right field).
This is the 3rd time this season the Tigers have gone up against a Rangers team that was hot. This time the Rangers have won 7 of 8 including a sweep of the Red Sox. In addition to playing well they are hot in the sense of febrile as H1N1 is traversing the clubhouse.
Former Ranger Armando Galarraga gets the nod for the Tigers. Galarraga was a hard luck victim of no offensive support and a Bobby Seay-allowed homer in his last start.
Tommy Hunter goes for the Rangers. He’s been solid in his last 4 starts not allowing more than 2 runs in any of them.
I don’t know if this has more to do with Ordonez or Raburn, but Maggs is starting against the right hander tonight.
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Thomas, LF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Guillen, DH
- Ordonez, RF
- Inge, 3B
- Laird, C
- Everett, SS
POSTGAME: Well, at least the Tigers scored 2 runs instead of 1 and once again it could have been more. Granderson led off the game with a homer, and the Tigers didn’t score again until the 8th inning. Sigh.
The biggest wasted chance came when the team had runners on 2nd and 3rd and only 1 out. A walk to Polanco loaded the bases but Clete Thomas hit a dribbler back to the mound (his second of the game) and nobody scored. Miguel Cabrera had a 3-0 count but ended up in a full count and he swung and missed at a pitch around the letters.
- Galarraga was mostly good, except for the 6th inning when he got rattled and balls got peppered around the park. The slider was encouraging again. I’d count this as a positive outing.
- Curtis Granderson got charged an error when he threw a ball that nearly hit second base that neither Polanco or Everett picked up which then trickled away from everyone allowing a run to score. I’m not sure why Galarraga wasn’t behind the plate backing up for a throw home.
- Ordonez turned on another fastball and ripped it for a double. It’s been a decent little stretch for the struggling Ordonez.
- Ryan Perry had a couple balls hit hard. His first struggles since his recall.
- Tim McClleland not making many friends tonight. I can’t remember so many disputed called strike 3′s in a game. The strike zone was small early in the game, but got pretty wide at the end.