Game 2009.121: Tigers at A’s

PREGAME: The Tigers start their last left coast swing and they do it in Oakland where the Tigers haven’t been particularly impressive, save for 2 games in October, 2006.

Edwin Jackson slogged through a victory against the Royals last Saturday. He wasn’t especially crisp, but he got plenty of run support for a change. Really, out of Jackson’s last 4 starts only the one against Baltimore would you really call strong.

Gio Gonzalez is on the mound for the A’s. The lefty took the loss when the two team’s hooked up in July. His game log shows someone who a)rarely pitches through the 7th inning and b)seems to be really good or really bad. He strikes out a batter an inning, but he walks one every other inning and has allowed 8 homers in 56 innings. In 67 PAs lefties are OPS over 1.100 against him, bolstered by a freaky .459 BABIP

Detroit vs. Oakland – August 21, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

79 Comments

  1. Brenden

    August 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    With those stats, Gonzalez may no-hit us tonight… I am hoping we break this tread of losing favorable pitching match-ups.

    • billfer

      August 21, 2009 at 7:27 pm

      Gonzalez has had some very good games where he’s shut teams down. He held Baltimore and Texas scoreless in back to back starts and he only allowed 1 run to the Yankees (in Yankee Stadium) in 6.2 innings. He’s got legit stuff, it just doesn’t always show up.

      • Brenden

        August 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm

        Fair Enough, I just am having nightmares of Pavano…

  2. Keith (Mr. X)

    August 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    That’s Raburn, with no Y.

    The Y is for Yard!!!

  3. Pat in Carolina

    August 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Orioles just broke the game open . . .

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      August 21, 2009 at 10:26 pm

      The White Sox stink.

  4. Coleman

    August 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Raburn’s obviously a #3 hitter, I don’t know why it took Smokey so long to figure out…

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      August 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm

      That’s Rayburn, with the Y.

      Y is for Yuck.

      edit- didn’t mean to post this comment under here.

      • Mark in Chicago

        August 21, 2009 at 11:40 pm

        $1

  5. Steve

    August 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Well it would be nice to get a sweep here and put some breathing room between us and the wsox

    Coleman I think you said you were a left coaster are you attending tonight. I looked in the crowd of 46 people and did not see anyone looking close to your avatar

    • Joey in Portland OR

      August 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm

      I need to start heading down to Oaktown when the Tigs are in town, no one is ever there!

  6. Brenden

    August 21, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Raburn is sometimes such a clown in the field…oiy…

  7. Brenden

    August 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Bah…that run should have never happened…

  8. Sam

    August 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    That’s why you don’t bring the infield in in the 2nd inning.

    I hated that move!

    You made Cust a 350 hitter against a drawn in infield!

    • Jerry the Tiger Fan

      August 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm

      I agree. Does Leyland have that little confidence in his offense that he’s pulling the infield in with a 1-0 lead in the second inning? Wow. I know I bag on the offense, but for the manager of the team to signal that clearly to his team that he has such little confidence in his offense is really shocking.

  9. Brenden

    August 21, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    3 dumb plays this inning! Bah!

  10. Steve

    August 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Boy happy to get outa there with one. Shouldn’t have been any but one and done is OK

  11. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Brutal defense from Raburn……….again. I know he hit a HR already but he just cost us a run by not getting to a mile-high pop fly to shallow left field. In fact the whole team has apparently decided its Christmas in Oakland tonight. Raburn,. Laird, and now Jackson trying to pick off the speedy Jack Cust. Unbelievable.

    “Merry Christmas Oakland! We refuse to win on the road, take this one from us please. You see Oakland A’s, the White Sox have already lost and we like the drama of a close division race. We refuse to win when they lose unless they are 2 games or closer.” This is how I imagine the thoughts of Tiger’s players dance through their heads in games like this. Absolutely brutal second inning. I am surprised Oakland only got one run out of those three gifts. I guess we’re going to have to really load the A’s Christmas tree with more presents. The Tigers are pi$%&ng me off already and its only the second inning. Just play like a major league team guys, I don’t think I’m asking too much of you.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      August 21, 2009 at 10:53 pm

      The Y is for Yawn.

  12. Dylan

    August 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Raburn is feeeeeelin it.

    *Defense optional.

  13. Keith (Mr. X)

    August 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    That’s Raburn, the Y is for Yard x2!!!

  14. Brenden

    August 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Nice Raburn, that makes up for last inning…

  15. Kathy

    August 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Just checkin in to see who dogged Raburn and we got that 2nd HR out of him. He did kind of butcher that play in the field, but he’s forgiven now.

    • Jerry the Tiger Fan

      August 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm

      I was one of the posters who dogged Raburn after that pop fly. Its great that he’s homered twice tonight, but he cost us a game this week vs. Kansas City with his brutal defense and he is primarily responsible for Oakland having their lone run thus far. That was not a difficult play. I don’t know why he got a late jump, but he clearly is not a natural fielder. He has been bad at third, and bad in LF this year. He doesn’t hit with enough power or a high enough average to be an everyday DH. He needs to improve his defense greatly if he wants to stick around in the coming years as a utility player.

  16. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    That was ball 3 Suzuki, thank you very much. On to the 4th inning.

  17. T Smith

    August 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Looks like No Y is dialed in.

  18. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 21, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Good news, the White Sox lost at home to Baltimore and KC got a run in the bottom of the 9th vs. the Twins to force extra innings.

  19. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 21, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Nice job on Cust there Jackson. Big strikeout.

  20. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 21, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Side note on the Twins/Royals game. I love what Trey Hillman has done twice in this game. In the 8th with the Twins leading by one and Span at second base with two out he intentionally walked Mauer to get to Kubel, and then he did it again woith two outs and the bases empty in the top of the 10th. He’s not going to let Mauer beat him.

  21. Coleman

    August 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Steve–I couldn’t make tonight but I’m there tomorrow, maybe Sunday. Maybe I’ll change my avatar to be more recognizable…or change my appearance to be more avatar-like.

  22. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    That was an iffy called third on Marcus. Edwin is not getting those calls from the home plate ump.

  23. Sam

    August 21, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Raburn has had a rough week in the field!

  24. Keith (Mr. X)

    August 21, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    That’s why you play the infield in!!!

    • Jerry the Tiger Fan

      August 21, 2009 at 11:33 pm

      With the naked eye I thought Barton was safe, but the replay confirmed it was a good call by the home plate ump. I watch almost every Tiger game but I don’t recall seeing this home plate umpire. Does anyone know if he is a rookie big league ump?

  25. Steve

    August 21, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    HR Anyone?

    edit: Nope

  26. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 21, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Does anyone know what happened in KC? ESPN is showing a 4-4 final after 10 innings??!! I checked Gametracker and it showed neither side scoring in the tenth? WTH??!!

    • Steve

      August 21, 2009 at 11:39 pm

      Min 5 KC 4 F/10

  27. Dylan

    August 21, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    LOL @ Cabrera running on the 3-0 pitch…

  28. Sam

    August 21, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Orlando Cabrera hit a 2-out triple in the top of the 10th. Teahen hit a bullet with 2 on and 2-out in the bottom of the 10th, but it was right at Span in RF.

    • Jerry the Tiger Fan

      August 21, 2009 at 11:48 pm

      That’s weird because ESPN gametracker showed Minnesota going 1-2-Mauer intentional walk-3 in the 10th. Oh well. Let’s take care of our business in Oakland and keep the dreaded Twins 6.5 back.

  29. Keith (Mr. X)

    August 21, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Clete baby Clete!

  30. Jud

    August 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Clete…nice job…

  31. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    CLETE!!!! The Duke of Clutch. Way to go Clete!

  32. Keith (Mr. X)

    August 21, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Clete’s going to see some action from his cougars tonight!

    • Jerry the Tiger Fan

      August 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm

      Not unless they made the trek to NoCal.

      • Jud

        August 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm

        he might have them everywhere!

  33. Jud

    August 21, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Laird breaks the 0- for the better part of August slump… kind of

    • Jud

      August 22, 2009 at 12:03 am

      and Thames continues his 0- the better part of August slump

      • Jud

        August 22, 2009 at 12:32 am

        And Grandy breaks out of his 0- for most of August slump….who’s next

  34. Steve

    August 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I couldn’t even type what about huff to santiago and everett whacks the first pitch

    • Jud

      August 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm

      Smokey doesn’t ever ever ever ever ever pinch hit for a guy because he is struggling as a hitter….only only only only to go left right or right left… Right or wrong he is totally consistent at it since he has managed Detroit…

  35. Sam

    August 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Do you know that Adam Everett and Miguel Cabrera have the same number of career grand slams – 2

  36. Jud

    August 21, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Clete did a Grandy!

  37. Mike in CT

    August 21, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Off topic, but when you draft a guy to be a closer (Brad Zeigler) and it’s August and he’s pitching in the sixth inning…not so good.

  38. Brenden

    August 21, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Anybody notice how quickly Cabrera was running for that foul ball? That guy had some steam!

  39. Keith (Mr. X)

    August 21, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Some nice defense behind Jackson that inning.

  40. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 21, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Jackson is at 99 pitches thru 6 innings. We should be able to get one more out of him.

  41. Jud

    August 22, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Smokey panic time lead off runner!!!!!!! Jackson looks PO’d don’t blame him

  42. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 22, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Van Slyke should’ve held Miguel at first when he saw how hard that ball came off the wall combined with Cabrera’s lack of speed. We need runs and or baserunners, no need to to try and stretch that one even though the majority of major leaguers make it to second on a ball hit that far.

  43. Mark in Chicago

    August 22, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Was that play at second close or is Cabrera out of his mind?

    EDIT: Never mind, just saw Jerry’s comment regarding “off-the-wall”. Gotta like the aggressiveness, I suppose.

    • Jerry the Tiger Fan

      August 22, 2009 at 12:40 am

      As soon as I saw that ball richochet hard off the wall right to the center fielder, I knew Miggy was a dead duck. It wasn’t close.

      • billfer

        August 22, 2009 at 12:43 am

        The throw beat him easy, but the tag was lazy and Cabrera’s foot got in first.

        • Kathy

          August 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

          sure did!

  44. Vanguy

    August 22, 2009 at 12:32 am

    A’s announcer: “(Cabrera) ran like he had an easy double”

    • Jud

      August 22, 2009 at 12:36 am

      no that was Miggy running as fast as he can…he just looks like that. He broke hard about 10 feet around the bag, it looked like, but the speed didn’t change that much. His eyes did light up when that ball bounced right to the fielder like it did

  45. Joey in Portland OR

    August 22, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Does the A’s whole bullpen pitch underhand??

  46. Jud

    August 22, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Everett nice At bat //sheezzzzzz pitch was bunted at the bill of his cap

  47. Jud

    August 22, 2009 at 12:49 am

    what a horrible break there,,,that was a bullit to right ….gimme a break. Another Sweeny diving catch… runners were going on the pitch

    • Jerry the Tiger Fan

      August 22, 2009 at 1:17 am

      Yeah that was atough break for Huff. He hit that ball right on the screws, and I jumped out of my seat thinking it was a RBI single to right when it left his bat.

  48. Dylan

    August 22, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Come on Rodney… Let’s get this one done.

  49. Jud

    August 22, 2009 at 12:52 am

    let the real game begin!

  50. Jud

    August 22, 2009 at 12:57 am

    hell of a play by Polonco…a backhand rocket…poor hop…wow

  51. Jud

    August 22, 2009 at 1:00 am

    R O D N E Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. Dylan

    August 22, 2009 at 1:01 am

    3.5 game lead. Rodney has been absolutely huge this year…

    Let’s win this series because I’m not confident at all about the Angels series… ChiSox have a tough stretch coming up too though.

    • Jud

      August 22, 2009 at 1:02 am

      Chicago has A BRUTAL STRETCH coming up

  53. Jerry the Tiger Fan

    August 22, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Good win. Rodney came through again, albeit with a little help from Polanco. I like that Rodney went after the Oakland hitters tonight. No walks, no falling behind 3-0 or 3-1 to hittters. Good stuff tonight. Clete with another clutch knock, it is really easy to like that kid. He plays good defense and has gotten some timely hits for us this year (grand slam vs. the Angels, the walk-off HR vs. BALT, yesterday’s walk-off single, and of course tonight’s clutch knock to give us that very important 3rd run).

  54. RPS

    August 22, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Ryan Raburn and Clete Thomas would like to stay on the roster. Kinda funny that, all things being equal, Huff would probably be the one shipped out right now.

    • Andrew

      August 22, 2009 at 10:29 am

      He should probably get a bigger sample size than a handful of starts and a PH appearance.

  55. Chauncey

    August 22, 2009 at 11:24 am

    To say the White Sox upcoming schedule is brutal may not quite do it justice- you’d be hard pressed to schedule 15 games in a row that are harder- It’d be nice if the Tigers could get on a roll, because after playing Baltimore, the White Sox have 11 of their next 15 against either New York or Boston, and 3 others on the road against the Twins, with a make up game at Wrigley.