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.
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.