Yes, the ejection of Porcello greatly impacted the outcome of the game, and yes I’ve already ripped into the umpires for the ejection. But the umpires did not cost the Tigers the game, nor did Kevin Youkilis and his hissy fit. Regardless, the Tigers will be feeling the repercussions of this game for the rest of the series.
The umpiring was atrocious the whole night and it didn’t just go against the Tigers. In fact it led to the Tigers offensive outburst in the first. Guillen got away with intereference on his take out slide breaking up a double play in the first. Then the Tigers were gifted a caught stealing in the 2nd (leading to the ejection of Terry Francona) where Lambert was handed an out because he wasn’t capable of notching one on his own. The strike zone was a complete and utter joke (11 Red Sox pitches out of the strike zone called strikes, 5 Tigers pitches out of the strike zone called strikes, 3 Tigers pitches in the zone called balls, 1 Red Sox pitch in the zone called a ball). It was just a horrible job of umpiring all the way around.
The Tigers offense struggled again despite the 5 runs. The 3 in the first came on 2 solid singles, a questionable HBP, an error, and a slide out of the baseline, and another solid single. The offense was then held to 2 hits until the 9th inning when they got to Papelbon for 2 runs.
Lambert was awful…again…and the only nice thing you can say is that he pitched 5 innings. He also became the first Tiger since Mel Rojas to give up at least 5 runs in consecutive relief outings. (Eulogio De La Cruz did it also…sort of…the first game was as a Tiger and the second game was a year later as a Marlin)
At least Alex Avila is still hitting. And Ordonez tripled in back to back games with assists from J.D. Drew.
As mentioned during the FS Detroit broadcast, the X-rays on Miguel Cabrera’s hand were negative, which is the good news. But according to Jim Leyland’s presser after the game Cabrera was pretty sore and is day to day. Also, Lambert was jettisoned and Freddy Dolsi was recalled. Dolsi pitched last night so I can’t see him giving the Tigers too many innings today. And then there is the issue of Armando Galarraga and the flu and who knows if he’ll be able to go tonight. Eddie Bonine pitched on Sunday so he wouldn’t be available as a spot starter.