Game 2009.127: Tigers at Rays

PREGAME: The Tigers welcome in an AL East opponent in late August in a game with playoff implications for both teams, and it’s a very wet Friday night and the Tigers send out there prize prospect and first round pick. Reminds me of a similar game from 2007. This though instead of Andrew Miller it is Rick Porcello, and instead of the Yankees it is the Twins. And I’m not at this game and I doubt it ends at 3:30am.

Porcello kinda got clobbered by the A’s of all teams. Prior to that he had been pretty good shutting down Seattle, Baltimore, and the Indians and taking down Kevin Youkilis.

Garza has quality starts in 4 of his last 6 outings and he’s pretty good. Granderson and Polanco are a combined 1 for 22 with 1 walk off of Garza, so table setting may proove to be an issue.

The lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Huff, DH
  6. Guillen, LF
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS

Tampa Bay vs. Detroit – August 28, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: For those that don’t frequent the comments, Coleman has dubbed the guys at the bottom of the order the BOOBs (bottom of the order boys). The BOOBs were big tonight. Inge got things going with a homer, and Gerald Laird and Adam Everett had back to back doubles to drive in runs in the big 4th inning. In the end the BOOBs drove in 5 of the 6 runs and had 5 of the 8 hits.

Rick Porcello was wonderful and had to pitch around some poor defense. He had 2 men on in the first without a ball reaching the infield dirt, but back to back K’s ended the threat. In the end he had 5 k’s and allowed just 4 hits. He also topped 100 pitches for the first time this season.

The bullpen was on their way to a perfect showing until a pinch hit Gabe Kapler homer with 2 outs in the 9th made things a little more interesting, but Fernando Rodney finished things off with a strike out (after the requisite walk).

  • Aubrey Huff started a rally instead of ending one when he drew the walk in the 4th inning. He also nearly hit his first homer as a Tiger but it hooked foul.
  • Granderson had 2 hits and built on a road trip that saw him have success. Grandy hasn’t been able to get hot for more than 3-4 games at a time this year and hopefully he can really heat up heading into September.

87 Comments

  1. Ken in Vegas

    August 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Were gonna go with our no offense line-up tonight. Everett, Laird, Huff, and a 1 for 22 starting two. Balls.

  2. Joel in Seattle

    August 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I suppose Billfer meant to say it’s the Rays, rather than the Twins. I still get Garza’s team mixed up sometimes, too.

  3. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    nice start???? how bout a little defense please

  4. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    great pitch that he just called a ball two pitches before! this time a K

  5. ouchudied

    August 28, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    3 weakly hit ground balls = 2 baserunners

  6. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    some serious pitching in that half..wow

  7. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    in Ananhiem watching Huff hit PB, he hit about 20 bombs into the seats and crushed it all three batting practices…in the games he was obviously, awful

    • ouchudied

      August 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

      And they say Ben Wallace is a great free throw shooter in practice…

  8. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    On Gameday at least there have been more called strikes out of the strike zone than in it

  9. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    And maybe it turns out Shaq is good at F T in practice too, we’ll never know

    • ouchudied

      August 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm

      They actually do say he hits around 80% in practice, which is incredible considering his career free throw percentage is 41.8%.

  10. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    in all three Angel games the Tigers got the starting pitcher into 100 pitches by the 5th inning in each game. I think it helped win two of those games …lots of grinding out at bats…today 23 pitches in the first is more of the same ..hopefully they can continue to drive pitch counts up with good at bats..

  11. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Maybe in practice they don’t make stand back behind the line….

    I hope we can chase Garza early; as good as he’s pitching Porcello is heading for a 5th inning exit

  12. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Biiiinngeeee!!!1

  13. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    INKge!!!

    • Joel in Seattle

      August 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm

      Is this his first post-tat HR?

  14. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    how can you hit a guy hitting a buck and a half ….wow

    • ouchudied

      August 28, 2009 at 8:01 pm

      Not saying it was intentional, but he had pinpoint control prior to that pitch. I tend to get suspicious when a pitcher hits a guy with a fastball right after he gives up a homer.

      • Mark@HOU

        August 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm

        Pretty sure it was intentional. He was glaring at Inge while running the basepaths. Also, Inge looked back at the catcher as if something was said.

        Any known bad blood between Garza and Inge from his Twins days?

  15. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Best #*%!! .237 strikeout machine hitter in baseball!!

  16. Mark@HOU

    August 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    If Porcello retaliates this will get interesting. 1st game of a 4 game series.

  17. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    those tattos weighting him down !!! 2 E’s already ….ball should have been caught though but

  18. ouchudied

    August 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I would have given that error to Cabrera. That ball went under his glove before it bounced.

  19. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    The Not-Satanic-Really, Not At All-Rays don’t have any potential mound-chargers as intimidating as Youkilis and Porcello seemed to handle him fine…I say there is nothing to retaliate for though…

    • Mark@HOU

      August 28, 2009 at 8:09 pm

      I’m more worried about Porcello hitting another guy and then getting the reputation around the league as a head hunter. As young as he is, the umps squeezing him on the inside corner might make him reluctant to pitch inside.

      Hopefully he learned his lesson and if he wants to hit a guy he will wait until the 6th when it’s not as obvious.

  20. ouchudied

    August 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Crawford had some words for Cabrera after that bunt, and it looked like he was saying something to Miggy from the dugout, too. This series could get very interesting…

    • billfer

      August 28, 2009 at 8:10 pm

      Cabrera had his non-bag foot in the baseline and didn’t give Crawford a path. I don’t think it was intentional and I think Crawford was more upset with Bucknor.

    • Mark@HOU

      August 28, 2009 at 8:11 pm

      I think he was complaining that Cabrera was blocking the base so he couldn’t hit the front of it. I don’t even know if thats a rule that you can’t do that. Fielders block the plate/base all the time.

  21. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    As good as Cabreras fielding has been in some ways there have been several “soft errors” on Inge and a couple on Everett that a lot of 1B might have handled…

    • billfer

      August 28, 2009 at 8:08 pm

      That one should have been on Cabrera. He didn’t even get glove on it. Not a good throw, but not worthy of an error for Inge either.

  22. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    The 6th would be a fine time since he’ll be over his pitch limit by then anyway

  23. billfer

    August 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    It seems that the Tigers position players are more interested in running up Porcello’s pitch count than Garza’s. They saw a lot of pitches that first inning, but man, not good since then.

  24. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    5 pitch inning ,guess I shouldda kept my mouth shut about the “grinding out at bat compliment”

  25. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I think Inge got 6 pitches in his HR AB

  26. Mark@HOU

    August 28, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I think part of it is the wet ball the infielders are fielding. Inge’s throw and Laird’s bobble could be explained that way.

  27. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    If the non-Diablo Rays really want to be “interesting” let’s see what Inkge gets his next AB

    • Mark@HOU

      August 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

      I’m geussing curve balls that don’t hang, and lots of them.

  28. Ken in Vegas

    August 28, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Coleman, what is Garza’s pitch count at?

  29. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    come on Lamont!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. ouchudied

    August 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Bah… it looked like Huff could have scored pretty easily on that one.

  31. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    thank you….. they thought Laird popped to the catcher but it carried too far!!

  32. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Garza is at 59, but he just missed badly on 4 straight fastballs so pitch count ain’t his only problem

  33. Ken in Vegas

    August 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Laird is his problem.

  34. Ken in Vegas

    August 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    BOOBs are his problem!

  35. ouchudied

    August 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Everett and Laird just hit back to back doubles. Lets all take that in for a second.

  36. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    now thats! what we are talking about!!

  37. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Needless to say this game is a 100% Bottom Of the Order Boys gem!

  38. Joel in Seattle

    August 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    That’s a lot of doubles…

  39. JAWS

    August 28, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Is this the Tigers???? Good start! Hope Porcello settles in and holds it!!!

  40. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Ha, I’m slow on the draw today. Obviously though Garza has a big problem handling B.O.O.B.s…

    • JAWS

      August 28, 2009 at 8:36 pm

      Garza is a very emotional pitcher and it is biting him in the a**

  41. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    attaboy “Kid”

  42. Joel in Seattle

    August 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Man. That is some serious doo doo he’s been pitching out of each inning. Nice work, Rick.

  43. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    There must be a RBI store some where and Huff purchased 73 of them

  44. ouchudied

    August 28, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Looks like Porcello is going to hit the magic 100 count.

    I think this means his arm is going to fall off.

    • Jud

      August 28, 2009 at 9:12 pm

      at least! I’m suprised Smokey didn’t carry him off!

  45. ouchudied

    August 28, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I’d be interested to know how many multi-hit games Laird has this year…

    • billfer

      August 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm

      That’s his 2nd since the All Star break per Jason Beck’s twitter

      • ouchudied

        August 28, 2009 at 9:26 pm

        And that would be one less than I had expected.

  46. Kathy

    August 28, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Did that guy really have a tatoo of a baseball on his scalp?

  47. Mark@HOU

    August 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Anyone know if they had the coin tosses to determine home field advantage if there is a tie between us and the Twins or Whitesox?

    • Jud

      August 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm

      first criteria to break the tie I believe is best record in Division games

  48. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I think if there is a tie they have a Youk Toss to determine home field

  49. Mark@HOU

    August 28, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Sweet, The rookie comes through again!!!!

  50. Jud

    August 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    good day at Comerica !!!

  51. Vince in MN

    August 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    The dreaded 7-1 spots in the order accounted for 7 or the 8 hits and all 6 RBI. Will wonders never cease.

    Huff ‘N Puff 0-3 with a walk. Can we just release the guy and call up Dane Sardhina?

    • David

      August 29, 2009 at 3:01 am

      Little much dontcha think? Huff’ll get it going again, he is a very good hitter.

  52. billfer

    August 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    And the Yankees just walked off against the White Sox.

    • David

      August 29, 2009 at 3:02 am

      See ya!!! A walk-off home run for Robinson Crusoe.

  53. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Even better, the Yankees get a 3-run 10th inning HR. Sox Lose!

    • David

      August 29, 2009 at 3:03 am

      You can put it on the board….

      YESSSSSSSSSSS

  54. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Ah, scooped by “Big Celery” Billfer!

  55. billfer

    August 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Nathan was one very generous corner call from loading the bases with 2 outs in the 9th, but he got the call and there is a new 2nd place team in the Central.

  56. Vince in MN

    August 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Twins beat Texas 3-2. Say hello to the new second place team in the Central.

    • David

      August 29, 2009 at 3:08 am

      They scare me much more than the Chi Sox.

      Still I think there is an excellent chance we will win this division this year.

      • Vince in MN

        August 29, 2009 at 11:38 am

        The Sockpuppets pitching is inconsistent and their defense is pretty bad. I think that will do them in in the end. Over the last few years the Twins have been able to turn it up a notch late in the season, so if that holds true again this year they are the real concern for the Tigers. However, the Tigs shouldn’t be looking over their shoulder; just concentrate on one game at a time and don’t worry about what the other teams are doing.

  57. Vince in MN

    August 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Lots of celery = fast fingers.

    • David

      August 29, 2009 at 3:09 am

      Or it equals a strong jaw, occupied fingers and a good budget.

  58. Coleman

    August 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Inge and Laird may be liabilities in the field, but we can’t afford not to have their bats in the lineup…

    Total bases today, by batting order:
    1-3: 3
    4-6: 1
    7-9: 10

    hard to beat a team when the BOOBs score 10 TB…

  59. Chris

    August 28, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Twins get all the breaks. They have had, I think, four series with the Royals, and they have yet to face Grenke. That is typical of stupid Twins luck.

  60. Kevin in Dallas

    August 29, 2009 at 12:31 am

    If you get a chance, check out Nathan’s called 3rd to get the k for the final out. Easily the worst call I’ve seen this year. Easily.

    • Vanguy

      August 29, 2009 at 3:47 am

      Yep. Haven’t seen it yet, but was reading that in other forums, too.

  61. Kevin in Dallas

    August 29, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Just saw billfer’s post, sorry for the redundancy, but it was that bad.

  62. Vanguy

    August 29, 2009 at 3:44 am

    1st tiebreaker in the event of a Tigers-Twins-White Sox dead heat will be an Inge-Morneau-Thome home run derby