PREGAME: The Tigers once again venture out beyond the gated community at Montcalm and Witheral to slay road dragons. The Red Sox 35-17 home mark is pretty daunting, but the Sox are struggling and have dropped 6 games in a row and are now tied for the Wild Card with the Rangers.
The Tigers send out Edwin Jackson who pitched into the 9th inning his last time out. Jackson faced the Red Sox 4 times last year, but didn’t get a win despite the fact that 2 of his starts were quite impressive.
Brad Penny goes for the Red Sox tonight. He’s allowed at least 5 runs in 3 of his last 4 starts. The Tigers saw Penny once last year, and chased him in the 4th inning after 7 runs had scored.
POSTGAME: This one was a heartbreaker. Not because this was one of the games where the pitching match-up favored the Tigers, but because the Tigers played a pretty good game but just came up a run short despite the fact their starter only recorded 12 outs. They played good defense, they got some clutch hits, they hit the ball hard pretty consistently, but in the end they came up a run short, and left the tying run on 3rd and the go ahead run on 2nd in the 8th inning…
The Adam Everett at-bat was awful. One of the worst things I’ve ever seen with 3 swings at balls that weren’t even in the vicinity of the strike zone. Which begged the question as to why he wasn’t pinch hit for, and I can actually defend it. Everett is a bad hitter, but the Tigers didn’t need a hit. They needed somebody to put the ball in play. Aside from Polanco do you know who strikes out least frequently on the entire team? Adam Everett. That he failed so spectacularly and in the fashion he did was a surprise.
- Everett had that awful at-bat, but he also played some terrific defense tonight and had a sacrifice bunt.
- Jackson wasn’t good. He was hit hard and often and he threw a lot of pitches. I did like the one he planted in Youkilis’ ribs after Cabrera was hit the inning before.
- Fu-Te Ni gave up a monster induced homer, but otherwise battled for 2 innings as he amassed 50 pitches.
- Magglio Ordonez is ripping the ball all over the place and it’s nice to see even if it means the option vests.
- Placido Polanco is ripping the ball all over the place and his average touched 280 after his 2 out rbi single
- Zach Miner since July 1st has pitched 16.2 innings and allowed 11 runs, 11 walks, and 19 hits. His place on the team is befuddling to me right now.