Game 2009.115: Royals at Tigers

by billfer on August 14, 2009 · 79 comments

in 2009 Season,Game Post

PREGAME: The Tigers come home and they get to face Zach Greinke People have been saying that Greinke is fading some. I just don’t see it. In his last 3 games he does have a 5.50 ERA, but he still fanned 21 and walked just 6 in those 3 starts. Six of the 11 runs in those 3 starts came in one bad outing where  he allowed 10 hits in 5 innings. I think that is more of a hiccup than a fade.

Speaking of hiccups and/or fades the Tigers send out Jarrod Washburn. Washburn has allowed 11 runs in 11.1 Tigers innings including 4 homers. He last faced the Royals in May and held them to 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 innings.

Kansas City vs. Detroit – August 14, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: I’m going to defer to my friend Ian’s intro to his game recap:

The Detroit Tigers have apparently found their formula for winning.  Don’t allow the other team to score any runs, and then wait for the third baseman to do something awesome.

You kind of got the sense in this one that it would take somebody “running into one” because there wasn’t a lot of manufacturing to be done. The Tigers had a couple of scoring chances, but those both came with 2 outs.

The Royals didn’t have any scoring chances until the 8th inning, but Washburn pitched out of that. (despite walking his former teammate Yuniesky Betancourt…really…Yuniesky Betancourt…the only guy he walked all night…Yuniesky Betancourt). In fact they didn’t get a hit until 2 outs in the 5th. That’s the Washburn we were looking for.

But all of that just set the stage for Brandon Inge’s heroics. Of the bat it looked to be hit well, but the David DeJesus seemed to be slowing down to track it. Fortunately he was just slowing down to time a fruitless jump at the wall.

  • Granderson didn’t seem to have too much of a problem with Greinke notching a single, a double, and a walk
  • Clete Thomas on the other hand, 3 K’s. Ouch
  • Miguel Cabrera made a very nice sliding stop on a grounder and then got up and beat Billy Butler to the bag. Gerald Laird used the opportunity to go talk with Washburn, and let Cabby catch his breath
  • Brandon Lyon with another 1-2-3 inning of relief.
 
 

{ 79 comments }

jason August 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I get to go to this game, and I am looking forward to seeing both pitchers. Jarrod because he is our new guy, and Zach because he is the promising young guy. Should be a good game!

Ron August 14, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Grammar Police alert: Greinke’s first name is spelled with a k, not an h ;)

Dave T. August 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Really hope Washburn throws a good game

Greg August 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Nitpicking police alert: That’s a spelling error, not grammar.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Nitpicking is tolerable, as long as you don’t eat them like the chimpanzees, that’s a bit much.

Andre in Chi August 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Dude, that’s racist.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Chimps are a species, not a race.

“Nitpicking” as a term originally meant “de-lousing,” for example how chimps will pick the lice from each other as a sign of friendship. (And, after they pick them, they often eat them). To be nitpicky.

Andre in Chi August 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I should have added a “;)” so you would know that I was playin’

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm

I figured you were; and then thought, um even if he IS, there’s gonna be someone who reads that and thinks, OMG, “dude’s making racist remarks,” so…

Hearing that explanation does spoil the word “nitpick” for some people though, so I apologize for that…

Andre in Chi August 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm

humor is always the first victim of political correctness.

“there’s gonna be someone who reads that and thinks, OMG, “dude’s making racist remarks,””

thought the same thing, but was secretly hoping for it, just to make fun of that person.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Now I feel bad for spoiling your making-fun-of-person diversion…

I think there is humor equilibrium in the universe, so there is probably as much humor at the expense of political correctness as there has been lost through it…or perhaps some at the expense of political correctness, and some randomly appearing in some seemingly unrelated place to make up for it.

Anyway I’m just trying to mentally prepare myself to freak out at MLB.com again when they tell me I live in Kansas City and won’t let me watch the game, and miss the first inning working out an end-around to deal with their determination to make me live in KC…

Kevin in Dallas August 14, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Grienkhe’s okay, I guess.

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Wow, Greinke struck out the side on 11 pitches. It is going to be a long night.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 7:20 pm

OK, none of that whiny “oh no we’re gonna get no-hit by a rookie” stuff today. This is real ace-pitcher stuff here, and we’re going for the whole enchilada tonight. No, not perfect game, I mean the really perfect game, 27Ks, I can feel it…

(I’m joking BTW…at least I hope I am…)

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 7:22 pm

He would do it on 99 pitches.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Wow we got to him. He’s already lost it. No strikeouts the whole inning! Not even Thames or Inge! We have him on the ropes.

(And he’s thrown more pitches than Washburn, actually…)

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 7:55 pm

This looks like the Washburn they traded for.

Jud August 14, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Washburn looks like he usually pitches against the
Tigers..Hope we can get him some runs

dredford August 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Can someone, anyone, give me a reason, any reason, why Clete Thomas is still batting third? For that matter, why is he viewed as a “defensive replacement?” Especially after those two throws last week and the way he butchered the ball in the corner last Sunday.

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm

His UZR is still pretty good regardless of a few bonehead plays. As for batting third, its anybodies guess.

Jud August 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm

a better question about the Thomas in the 3 spot is……. why does Laird and Everett get to bat at all???

dredford August 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Re: Thomas at-bat in the fifth. See previous post #19.

Jeff August 14, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I’ve been defending Clete, but swinging at ball 4 and ball 5 didn’t help his team. He’s up there first and foremost to not make an out, so Cabrera can get to the plate. If Greinke wants to walk you, let him. It wasn’t like he was swinging at pitches he could drive or anything.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 8:34 pm

You know the answer, I know you do…

Because that way the lineup goes LHB-RHB-LHB-RHB-LHB-RBH

Cool huh! That makes their mid-inning pitching replacements more complicated, and stuff.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Oh cmon “Cleat” that was ball 4

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm

And that was ball 5

%@#~!

3-1, Greinke starting to lose it, walks 2 consecutive batters–Uncle Smokey should have gone out there himself and glued the bat to “Cleat’s” shoulder.

Jud August 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm

has Clete even touched a pitch with his bat today???

Jud August 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

as bad as Laird is offensively the DUDE can throw!!!!

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I can’t think of a good reason he shouldn’t get Gold Glove consideration. Oh wait, nevermind, there’s the “bad offensively” part…

Andrew August 14, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Never have understood why a guy’s offensive stats play such a strong part in getting a Gold Glove which is a defensive award. That’s always a head scratcher.

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Quick question: Does anybody else notice how Thames get upset everytime he swings at a bad pitch or pops up a good pitch? He very noticably grimmaces and groans, or maybe mouths a few curses. This upsets me to no end because he does it all the time when he is not “hot,” which is about all of the time.

Kathy August 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I don’t like it either. I wish he’d just turn the page and get ready for the next pitch.

Kathy August 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm

But then, we could say the same thing about ourselves. You know, complaining after each loss.

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Nah, I do not get upset when I pop out. I am just happy I made contact. :-)

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Greinke has 108 pitches, let’s hope he is done. That is not to say the the Tigers did not have their chances against him.

Jud August 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I notice it every time he bats …oh you said when he’s not hot…I get it!

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Washburn has 107 pitches. Do you bring him back out for the 9th? Do you trust anybody else in the bullpen? Be the manager!

Andrew August 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Bring him out to pitch the 9th. Especially if we’re still sitting at 0-0 – who knows how long this game will go.

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Colon is pitching!!! A gift from above!

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Wouldn’t that be a gift from “below?” Since it’s a colon gift? I’m just saying…

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Fantastic!

Andrew August 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Here’s to hoping we can walk off with the win tonight :)

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Sure we complain after every loss…beats some teams’ fans who complain when they win also..

Jud August 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm

amen to that

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Well, we all know what time it is, don’t we?

It’s Bottom Of the Order Boys time! Walk Off Win!!!

(B.O.O.Bs W.O.W)

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Colon!!!!!

Jud August 14, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Colon is consistent he used to do that in Detroit

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Exactly. I had a funny feeling he would return to form.

Jud August 14, 2009 at 9:27 pm

thames ball four …oh you swung

Andrew August 14, 2009 at 9:27 pm

YESSSSS!!! Brandon Inge!!!

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Brandon has the checked swing working, good sign

Mike in CT August 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Didn’t want to jinx during game … Babe Ruth baby!

Jud August 14, 2009 at 9:29 pm

BBBBBBBIIIIINNNNGGGGEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 9:30 pm

B.O.O.B.S!! W.O.W.!!

Andrew August 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm

LOL :)

Kathy August 14, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Did you see that, Stephen!

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Oh, Stephen’s cheering I’m sure, there will be plenty of other opportunities for bashing…besides that might get his career avg back up to .239, Stephen’s been off a tad since Brandon dipped down to .238…

No one can say Brandon doesn’t know what to do with an average fastball out over the middle of the plate…

Kathy August 14, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Friday night happy!!!

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Oh no–this is merely step one of Weekend Happy

Andrew August 14, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Bonus – Mr. “Punch Out” Colon picked up the loss.

Tom August 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I was just thinking I havent seen E Jack swing the bat yet but maybe we should DH for Laird and let Edwin take a few cuts tomorrow. Its hard to say what I hate seeing more. Laird pop it up every time he is up and slam his bat on his run to first like it is a big surprise. Or Everett trickle one out to short every time he is up.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm

May 8th and 9th vs Cleveland (Verlander and Jackson), the last back-to-back shutouts.

Which by the way was the last time we were out of 1st place. We’ve been 1st or tied since May 10.

Stephen August 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I think Inge reads my criticism and says ‘I must do better.’

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Well then you should be ashamed. The guy’s only a career .239 hitter. Your posts are clearly too sporadic.

Shane Trapped in Toledo August 14, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Poster of the night award goes to Coleman. Good work.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Wow, it’s like karma or something perhaps, but the phone rings and “I know it’s last minute but you have any interest in the A’s game, my boss just gave me his tickets?” Hello? Like the A’s that are playing the White Sox? “Hit the gas man the game’s already starting”

Only small iPosts the rest of the night it looks like, what a fine thing it would be to see the Sox lose…

Stephen August 14, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Make sure to stop by Ricky’s Sports Bar in San Leandro afterward! Make sure you’re wearing a motorcycle helmet, it helps when the pool cues start flying!

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm

If ticket-guy ever gets here #@!! the Sox are already up 2-0, hope it’s not like 7-0 in the 3rd when I get there.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Speak of the Gift Horse and his Mouth will appear!

Go A’s!!

Stephen August 14, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I know! I will increase my anti Inge rants to five a day.
My new one: Brandon Inge is on pace to have one of the top 25 strikeout years in the long storied history of the American League.
You like?

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I’ll let you know after tomorrow’s game. Gotta see what works. I mean maybe he reads that and thinks, “well, Babe Ruth struck out a lot…”

Stephen August 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Funny story: I was in the Twins locker room last spring training. It was early and I was sleepy. I momentarily mistook Adam Everett for Joe Mauer since he was sitting in Mauer’s locker. Everett was very nice about it. So I forgive him a lot. Not getting regular at-bats on a contender, but a lot of other stuff.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

It’s interesting how much a player’s reaction can bug people, and making striking out or popping up or whatever twice as annoying: Laird tossing his bat, Thames moaning, Cabrera shrugging and jogging to first, Inge not reacting at all, whatever.

Except Everett. He seems to bug people purely on the merit–or demerit I guess-of his performance. Which ruins my theory, that the failures (popups, strikeouts, whatever) are what make one hate the reactions. Hmm.

Stephen August 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Good point! I feel like this is the point where I must state that I see Inge like Patton saw Stalin during World War II. Chronically untrustworthy, possibly crazy, definitely incompetent but hey, he’s keeping the Germans pinned down in Poland! And, as we all know, the enemy of my enemy is my ally.
In other words, my least favorite Tiger is still better than any White Sox.

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Hmm, “possibly crazy,” would that include Stalin-Inge comparisons? :)

The real problem with the comparisons, and the thing that drives many crazy, is that Inge is such a fan favorite. And a favorite of his team-mates (I’m sure always being first on the scene in the brawls doesn’t hurt him there).

At least you seem grounded in statistical reality unlike some sufferers of Ingephobia who will start saying silly things about how he’s the worst fielding 3rd baseman in the league or whatever.

I will make one small pro-Stalin concession: he wins hands-down on moustache.

David August 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Inge

Keith (Mr. X) August 14, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Back to back shutouts!!

Coleman August 14, 2009 at 10:24 pm
Coleman August 14, 2009 at 11:47 pm

This is great, WS just blew a 6-0 hlead and trail 7-6 in the 5th..at first it was like one of those Twilight Zone things–I said “as long as it’s not 7-0 in the 3rd when I get there…” wish granted!! 6-0 in the 3rd!!  Bleh.  But loving it now 

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