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Game 2009.145: Royals at Tigers

PREGAME: Tonight it will be Eddie Bonine and Lenny Dinardo doing that pitching thing. I think the Tigers will hit DiNardo pretty hard and I am certain they won’t hit into 5 double plays tonight. I can’t make guarantees about the Bonine/Royals interaction.

Yes, the game should be the focus tonight. But there is something else really big going on and that is Ernie Harwell returning to Comerica Park to say thank you to the fans. I will most certainly applaud until my hands hurt. I will most likely cry. But I feel compelled to be there tonight to say thank you.

Harwell will address the crowd in the 3rd inning and Fox Sports Detroit will carry it live. I’m sure it isn’t in his wishes to be disruptive in any way. The game at hand always comes first with Harwell. I just don’t know that is possible when the living embodiment of the game shows up to say Thank You.

Kansas City vs. Detroit – September 16, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday

POSTGAME: I’ve heard this game described as an ugly win. I had some of those same thoughts as first, but I quickly pushed those away. First, all wins are beautiful at this point. Second, while the Tigers did have to rely on the Royals ineptitude to pull this out it wasn’t like the Tigers were making a bunch of mistakes. Detroit played a pretty crisp game with two outfield assists, a caught stealing, and some nifty defense by both Adam Everett and Placido Polanco. They also got the hits when they needed them to capitalize on the Royals mistakes. I see nothing ugly about that at all.

Eddie Bonine did a fine job. He is a spot starter and he gave the team 5 innings and held Kansas City to  3 runs. The numbers weren’t outstanding, but they certainly were acceptable given the situation. That the game was close was more about the Tigers inability to pound Lenny DiNardo. He was followed by Zach Miner who had an easy inning thanks to a nice throw by Ordonez. Seay followed and benefited from a caught stealing in the 7th, and then some magic from Brandon Lyon.

Lyon once again came up big. With runners at the corners, nobody out, and Billy Butler at the plate I was sure that David DeJesus would score from 3rd to tie the game. I didn’t know if it would be a sacrifice fly, a hit, a ground ball double play that scored the run, I was just sure that Butler would get the job done. Yet Lyon induced a come backer, followed by a strike out and suddenly there were 2 outs and thoughts of extra innings didn’t seem so imminent.

Posted by on September 16, 2009.

Categories: 2009 Season, Game Post

54 Responses

  1. We need a win in the worst way. I am not panicking, but I’m concerned. We get Grienke tomorrow, so with a loss tonight we’re on the verge of another sweep at the hands of the Royals, and we’re headed to that awful dome in Minny for the weekend. Not a good time for a losing streak.

    by Mark in Chicago on Sep 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm

  2. “We need a win in the worst way”

    Well, we’ve been playing in the worst way…so far it hasn’t worked for some reason.

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 6:35 pm

  3. Agreed, especially with saturday’s pitching matchup TBA vs. CP.

    by Mike in ct on Sep 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm

  4. Man, wish I was at the game tonight. God Bless you Ernie.

    by Andrew on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm

  5. Ominous beginning, Bonine.

    by Andrew on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:08 pm

  6. Two for the price of one!

    by Andrew on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm

  7. We don’t hit soft pitchers like this very well

    by mcb on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm

  8. Ugh. We are gonna be tied for first by Sunday.

    by mcb on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm

  9. very nice throw from raburn

    by Randolph on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

  10. Bo9 looks a bit like an un-rabbitty Zach Miner…
    Bominer…

    Raburn!

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm

  11. Listen to that crowd!

    by Andrew on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:53 pm

  12. At least they showed it…but the second Ernie left the field did MLB.com really have to immediately cut to the @-!?! Geico commercial?

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm

  13. Tigers are going to lose the Central. Losing to the Royals always leads to trouble for this team… more losing to come

    by Chris on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:14 pm

  14. After the comeback the other night, I’m not throwing in the towel on this game quite yet…

    by jason on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm

  15. We’ve been lucky with some grounder’s that haven’t been turned into DP’s

    by Randolph on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:23 pm

  16. With Laird and Everett coming up and 1 out Inge should have risked going for 3rd on the throw home

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm

  17. B.O.O.B.s!!

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm

  18. Bominer!!

    Except…

    …Zach Miner looks like a rabbity

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

  19. What are the odds Miner can have back to back outings without a hiccup?

    by T Smith on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

  20. Zach Miner looks like a rabbit…

    Just in case “rabbity” doesn’t work…

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm

  21. Stat you won’t find on baseball-reference.com:

    2009 earned runs given up by Miner after 6 “Zach Miner looks like a rabbit” posts: 0

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm

  22. One more lucky Miner post and I’m going to ask for consideration if there are any open National Anthem slots…

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 8:53 pm

  23. A total B.O.O.B. triumph!

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:00 pm

  24. It’s a regular BOOB fest around here tonight.

    by Tbone on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm

  25. Miguel needs to get down to business if he is gonna reach the 100 RBI mark.

    by ouchudied on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm

  26. I hope we get hot, because we will need to look a lot better against the Yankees that we have looked that last few. Maybe having this late cold streak will benefit us later as we have already had it.

    That being said its been a pretty decent year being in first since May. I bet Ozzie and Hawk would trade with us. And you can put That on the board

    by Steve on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

  27. It’s hard to know sometimes who belongs, although Laird and Everett, obviously, are the main pair of BOOBs.

    Curtis is thriving as a BOOB tonight though…

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:21 pm

  28. I am a little more worried about these 2 games with the Royals and the up coming 9 game road trip than even thinking about the Yankees. We have got a lot of baseball to go before we might even play them.

    by Walter55 on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm

  29. I would just like to get out of the 8th inning

    by Mcb on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  30. Don’t worry–we’ll be hot, and ready…

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm

  31. A weird coincidence, Billy Butler shares the same middle name as Carl Pavano, Joe Crede, and Luke Scott, “F’ing”

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

  32. Bominer + Seay-Lyon = time to end this @%&!! losing streak…

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm

  33. Wow, getting out of that inning was impressive. Outstanding work B-lyon.

    by Matt on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm

  34. Well they did nice pitching by Lyon.

    by Walter55 on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm

  35. There ya go. Anything else?

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm

  36. Whew! We beat the Royals.

    Seriously though, I can live with splitting the first two games when our starters are Washburn and Bonine.

    by Matt on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm

  37. Hmm…how would Rodney say it?
    Trece

    by briggs45 on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm

  38. Well it wasn’t pretty but a win is a win glad we got it. The starting the game with runners 1st and 2nd and no one out and not scoring has got to stop though. We need to take better advantage of putting up big innings earlier in the game.

    by Walter55 on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm

  39. Game MVP… Brandon Lyon

    by T Smith on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm

  40. Freaking Unbelievable Cat Killers!!!

    by Chris on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm

  41. He is awesome. This team would not be in 1st place without him… IMO

    by Chris on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm

  42. Overall a great night at the ballpark we had karma on our side

    by Jason on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm

  43. Excellent defense, outstanding relief and just enough BOOB production. A big win for Ernie!

    by Tbone on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm

  44. Anyone else notice that in the TBS Playoff promo with Bon Jovi that Miggy gets like a split second of face time.

    by Jason on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm

  45. Great pitching tonight! I could barely watch when Ernie came out in the 3rd. A whole lifetime of listening to Ernie. He just looked terrific. His voice and demeanor was so strong.

    by Kathy on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm

  46. Did Fernando Rodney record a 1-2-3 inning? I think my eyesight is going.

    by Chris in Dallas on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm

  47. B-Lyon was great–but don’t forget to Respect The Rabbit!

    by Coleman on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm

  48. MLB.com has the commercial in its entirety. The Tigers get about 3 or 4 looks. Inge is in one of them, too.

    by Kathy on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm

  49. Post of the night.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm

  50. I haven’t seen this posted yet, but for those of you who haven’t yet seen Ernie’s speech, here it is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTedZ3g2pw8

    The quality is a little rough at the beginning, but it gets better as the video goes on.

    by Other Matt on Sep 16, 2009 at 11:09 pm

  51. Coleman keep up those rabbit posts buddy. Don’t think the baseball/rabbit gods aren’t listening

    by Nick on Sep 16, 2009 at 11:58 pm

  52. Gutsy performance of the year goes to Lyon. Runner on 3rd with no outs scores, what, 88% of the time? Way to go B! Let’s also give props to Polanco for his love-tap single to give us the lead. Way to go PP!

    by Coach Jim on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:07 am

  53. Post of the week is more like it.

    by David on Sep 17, 2009 at 1:07 am

  54. Elimination number is now at 13. We might clinch at home against the Twins, against the Twins. How many times has that happened excluding 1 game playoffs? (where you beat the team that night to clinch the playoffs against that team)

    by David on Sep 17, 2009 at 1:10 am

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