Game 2009.135: Tigers at Rays

PREGAME: The Tigers look to extend their 4 game winning streak tonight in Tampa. Did you know that the Tigers haven’t had even a 4 game winning streak since June when they swept Milwaukee and the Cubs in back to back series (and added a win against the Cardinals to make it a 7 game streak. And they hadn’t won 4 games in a row against AL teams since they swept the A’s and Rangers back to back in May.

James Shields, who has allowed a league leading 203 hits, takes the mound for the Rays. The Tigers picked up 10 hits off of Shields in 7 innings in Detroit last time (including 2 homers) but only plated 4 earned runs.

Armando Galarraga returns from his Toledo sabbatical  without getting that rehab start the Tigers were hoping he’d get.

Detroit vs. Tampa Bay – September 5, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

62 Comments

  1. Ange

    September 5, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Why do these guys get paid so much when they can’t even manage to throw strikes???

  2. Steve

    September 5, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Ange, Because you and I cant…………… I often wonder that. I our walk of life mediocre performance gets mediocre pay. It is really something that a guy like Armondo will make more in three or four years than I will my whole life.

    Any way Lets go TIGERS

  3. Steve

    September 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I just looked and Curtis has over 60 walks so far. I wouldn’t have bet 5 dollars of Coleman’s money he was even over 50

  4. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Well that’s something to be thankful for…gotta keep an eye on the $5 bills these days.

    Still. Curtis doesn’t have many walks for the number of pitches he sees

  5. Steve

    September 5, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    “you can get him now”

  6. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Same old crap from Galarraga. Pull him now and don’t let him throw another pitch this year.

  7. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Goodbye, and take Washburn with you.

  8. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    You know it could b

  9. Steve

    September 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Does anyone wonder if Nate would have been a better choice here?

    Ejax, Verlander and Porcello are listed as next one the probables

    • Jeff

      September 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

      Nate pitched two days ago, so that might have been a bad idea.

      • Steve

        September 5, 2009 at 8:11 pm

        Roger that, I thought it was longer ago.

  10. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    As I was saying you know it might be a long day when you see pitch sequences with 89 mph fastball and 87 mph changeup

  11. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Nice AB by the much-maligned Huff, albeit an unsuccessful one

  12. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    We saw something like 23 pitches that inning…we’re gonna get Shields one way or another…we really need to keep T B off the board though…go Eddie Bo

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2009 at 9:08 pm

      Well, unfortunately Maddon didn’t let us get to him for very long

  13. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    If Gameday can be believed, Bonine changed speeds and moved the ball around nicely that inning.

  14. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I hope he does well, especially now that I’ve realized I can abbreviate his name as “Bo9″

  15. Steve

    September 5, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    WOW Bondo Holy Cow

    • Kathy

      September 5, 2009 at 8:45 pm

      Had the same sentiment. It’s been a long time, Bondo.

  16. Steve

    September 5, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    PS Coleman, can you shorten that up any?

  17. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Bond Dough hole-leak oww!! No, wait…

  18. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Huff fits right in doesn’t he?

  19. Keith (Mr. X)

    September 5, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Attaboy Avila

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

      I’m thinking the high inside fastball isn’t the way to pitch him…

      • Vince in MN

        September 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm

        SSSHHH

  20. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Mr. Clutch

  21. Keith (Mr. X)

    September 5, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Polanco is Mr. Clutch again

  22. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Incredible – R3L2O again.

  23. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Ol’ Uncle Smokey seems to be making the right moves at the right times tonight

    • Vince in MN

      September 5, 2009 at 9:35 pm

      I liked PHing for Granderson there.

  24. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Oh oh – another dreaded R3L2O situation.

  25. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Inge! Who’d’ve guessed

  26. Keith (Mr. X)

    September 5, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Leyland with an expanded roster is like a kid in a candy store.

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2009 at 9:57 pm

      Or like a crusty old guy in a smoke shop

  27. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Uh oh…Thames is a big KR3L2O guy

  28. Coleman

    September 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    What could be more rare than the Inge-Thames back-to-back singles

  29. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    B.O.O.B.S

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm

      You beat me to it!

      It’s a bit hard to say who are the B.O.O.B.s and who not what with all the pinch-hitting and such…but yeah!

  30. JAWS

    September 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    nice to have Laird back behind the plate. Avila in front of the plate Laird behind it.

  31. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Hope I am wrong, but I have my doubts about Mner having more than a couple good outings in a row.

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm

      Zach Miner looks like a rabbit.

      • Coleman

        September 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm

        Ha! I’m 4-for-4 now on the Miner good luck charm…

        Oh, and: we’re the best 5-4-3 DP team in baseball

        • Vince in MN

          September 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm

          Speaking of double plays, what is the running total for the Tigers GIDP? They must be over 200 by now.

          • Coleman

            September 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm

            We’re in a tailspin; only at 109, and have plummeted to 9th in the AL, barely above league avg…although in large part due to lack of baserunners more than anything else.

  32. Jeff

    September 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Tigers have used 21 players.

    • Jeff

      September 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm

      Whoops, 22.

  33. JAWS

    September 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    best all around second baseman in the league!!!

  34. Kevin at a(nother) wedding

    September 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Another freakin’ wedding, during the Texas home opener no less. Thank goodness for iPhones. Lots of heart today. Go Tigers.

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm

      Wow, congrats, sorry the 1st one didn’t last so long :)

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm

      Oh and if you’re a Texas fan it may amuse you to know, on the chance you already don’t, BYU just finished upsetting Oklahoma.

  35. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Does Lyon finish up?

    • Steve

      September 5, 2009 at 10:16 pm

      Nope……… a surprise visit by Matt Millan. No football this weekend he’s open

  36. Steve

    September 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    One down, __!__/

  37. Vince in MN

    September 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    The novelty of a 1-2-3 ninth as Lyon auditions for next year’s closer role.

  38. Jud

    September 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I didn’t dare log on to be the jink……but that game was managed in the excellent category……smokey this one is for YOU……..Great job Tigers

  39. Brenden

    September 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Great win!

  40. Keith (Mr. X)

    September 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    The Tigers are playing Grrrrreat!

  41. Steve

    September 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew, that was a nice win against a decent team. Something we haven’t been great about this year. Taking a pair in TB when they are still kind of in it and the AL champs. Decent job fellows

  42. Walter55

    September 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Great win for the Tigers and besides Galarraga great pitching. Bondo threw well and gives hope to believe he can come all the way back next year to his old self. Also the squeeze was a thing of beauty to watch.

  43. Jud

    September 5, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    is this 2006 ?

  44. Tbone

    September 5, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Incredible work from the bullpen tonight and really nice to see the offense produce. Love the expanded lineup!

  45. Kevin leaving the wedding

    September 6, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Thanks Coleman. I’ve got mixed feelings bc now if we beat OU we should have, and if we lose it’s an upset, but all in all, an amazing sports day. Can’t wait to get home and watch the highlights.