Game 2009.163: Tigers at Twins

by billfer on October 5, 2009 · 264 comments

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PREGAME: Of all the years for MLB to do away with their asinine coin-flipping scenario for deciding home field advantage for tiebreaker games. Of course if the Tigers could have managed 1 more win at some point they wouldn’t even be in this situation. But this situation isn’t so bad, the Tigers are still playing and they’ll be the only game around tomorrow afternoon.

It’s Rick Porcello and Scott Baker. This will be the second time in a week the Tigers will have a chance to clinch the AL Central against Baker. The Tigers certainly had their chances last Thursday with a bevy of baserunners and 4 Twins errors to go along with 6 walks issued by Twins pitchers. Unfortunately the offense only mustered 3 runs.

The Tigers have hit Baker this year. In the 2 previous starts they got him for 4 runs and 6 runs and Baker hasn’t lasted into the 6th inning in any of the 3 starts.

Porcello has faced the Twins 4 times this year and has quality starts in 3 of them. His worst start against them was a 6 run 4 inning effort in the dome. A week ago Tuesday he pitched the front end of the double header and he went 6.1 innings allowing just 1 run while scattering 7 hits and a walk.

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JML October 5, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Easy, stomach…

jason October 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Lets go Tigers! If the Twins edge by us again on the last day of the season, I will be sick to my stomach.

DA in NE October 6, 2009 at 12:49 am

I’m making the ~6 hr trek to attend the game tomorrow. Felt like I needed to experience this place that I feel such ire for, its my first trip to the metrodome. And its kind of a big game. Anyone have suggestions for a Tiger fan in downtown Minny? Or is anyone else going?

The Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 7:52 am

Hi DA,

Enjoy the game but please don’t wave a Twinkie Homer Hankie! Let’s hope the Tigers score early and often to silence the crowd!

I predict Granderson will be the last play to bounce a line drive off the baggie to ice the game!

Go Tigers!

Baroque October 6, 2009 at 4:43 am

Less than 24 hours of dry heaves and nervous tics to go. I guess that’s a positive.

Skip October 6, 2009 at 8:54 am

My life is currently hanging in the balance of this game!!!

Chris in Dallas October 6, 2009 at 9:27 am

Is it 4:07 CST yet? The wait is killing me…

mark@hou October 6, 2009 at 9:43 am

Where’s Tom Petty when you need him?

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

colin October 6, 2009 at 10:08 am

Vegas favoring the twins pretty heavy on this one. The 5 inning betting lines are tilted even more. I’m suprised as I see the advantage basically tilting one way or the other between the two based on starting pitching and home field. Maybe they figure Cabrera will chase the high cheese all day long??

Kevin in Dallas October 6, 2009 at 10:41 am

Hard to disagree with Neyer here.

Chris in Dallas October 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Yeah it is. But…but…I just WANT them to win so bad! Doesn’t that help?

Tater October 6, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I’d quibble with Neyer’s assertion that Porcello’s K rate indicates he’s tiring — but it’s just that, a quibble.

Seems to me our best shot is if Porcello keeps the ball down and the luck of groundouts vs. seeing eye grounders breaks our way, while we get into the Twins’ shaky pen. (All of which perhaps reduces to “keep them from scoring and score ourselves,” but you get what you pay for with free analysis.)

RoseTattoo October 6, 2009 at 11:06 am

I love the underdog!! Long live the underdog!!

The Tigers need to show up with fire in their bellies. Cabrera will come through in a big way to redeem himself and the rest of the team will be there to pick him up. I think we’ll get a chance to see a rare smile from Leyland today.

LET’S GO TIGERS!!!

Mike in ct October 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

For whatever the reason I feel good about this game.

1. The day off maybe slows down the Twins.
2. The whole L’affaire Cabrera gives the team something to rally against.
3. The pressure is finally off the Tigers and squarely on the Twinks.
4. Call it the curse of Brett Favre.

Do work!

Matt October 6, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I don’t have a good feeling about this game at all. And I get the feeling that the “L’affaire Cabrera” will not unite this team since it’s hard to rally around a player who was out boozing it up with members of a rival team.

This team is putting a heavy load on the shoulders of a 20-year old kid. I don’t expect this to go well. But if Porcello can find the magic for one night, we could all witness a legend in the making.

Mark in Chicago October 6, 2009 at 1:29 pm

My take:

Porcello pitches incredibly well but the offense can’t generate enough runs. The legend of Porcello is born, but the Twins steal our division crown (again).

I hate being pessimistic, but I too just don’t feel good about this one. Maybe I am wrong, the last few times the Tigers have had their backs to the wall, they played some of their best baseball of the season. They’ll need it today.

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Well, everyone, EVERYONE figures the Twins will roll and baseball is funny when then happens.

It would be fitting, wouldn’t it, that the Tigers exorcise their Dome hoodoo (and maybe the Nathan one, too) in the best possible situation.

Again, everything logical points for a Twins romp, but maybe it turns out to be a sobering Dome finale.

Keith (Mr. X) October 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Porcello pitches gem. Tigers win 8 – 0.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Here is the lineup I’d go with, based on career OPS vs Baker. And I’d punish Cabrera, yet still have him in the lineup. How to do that? Bat him behind Laird…think about it…

—- Raburn 3B
.938 Santiago 2B
1.219 Ordonez RF
1.134 Guillen DH
1.102 Thames LF
.811 Granderson CF
1.100 Laird C
.864 Cabrera 1B
.500 Everett SS

.500 Huff PH
.454 Polanco PH/Def Rep (Santiago to SS)
.358 Inge PH/Def Rep (Raburn to LF)
.222 Thomas Def Rep
— Avila PH

Matt October 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm

You’d seriously sit Polanco for this game?

The entire blogosphere had a collective hissy-fit last time Polanco sat out a game.

I can’t imagine the reactions if Polanco sits for the start of this one.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I’m just saying that’s the lineup numbers say to use…I doubt I would actually. But whether the blogoshphere hissy-fitted or not wouldn’t be one of my criteria. I’d leave him in because it would mess with the team chemistry otherwise. But he doesn’t hit Baker, and isn’t great in general in the dome. Grandy and Maggs look to be the key bats today.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Maybe Miguel is our Denny McLain…in that case, we just need to discover our Mickey Lolich and we’ll win. I recommend Ordonez start eating donuts right away…

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm

On the other hand, there’s Baker, and there’s Baker in the D’oh-m. For example Cabrera has hit Baker in Comerica much better. In fact, the Tiger career HumpDome OPS numbers are downright depressing (PAs in parentheses):

.909 Granderson (169)
.877 Ordonez (343)
.803 Raburn (28)
.767 Thames (118)
.735 Guillen (229)
.731 Polanco (176)
.714 Huff (92)
.695 Laird (72)
.667 Thomas (27)
.662 Inge (222)
.659 Santiago (77)
.656 Cabrera (70)
.559 Everett (107)

Cabrera seems particularly afflicted with Domephobia…

Combine this with the vs Baker numbers, and I think this one’s gonna be in the hands of Maggs and Grandy…

West Coast Tiger October 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

It’s going to be OK. The Tigers have hired Michael Jackson’s doctor to live with the Cabrera’s to administer I.V.’s while Miguel sleeps(it off).

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I’m disappointed…so far I’ve been unable to find any rumor at all of the hoped-for Favre-Mauer drinking binge from last night…

West Coast Tiger October 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm

They messed up they sent Mitt Romney instead. However I understand Favre has a few pain killers left over from the old days, I hear he met up w/ Miguel in the parking lot before the game.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Mitt Romney was actually an inspired choice…game time is approaching and Mauer is still snoring away, deep in slumber…

Joel in Seattle October 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm

But 28 root beers just doesn’t do the same thing for the BAC.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Yeah, but the sugar crash is a killer…

Tbone October 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Here it is, fetauring Raburn in left and Santiago at short:

Granderson cf
Polanco 2b
Ordonez rf
Cabrera 1b
Guillen dh
Raburn lf
Inge 3b
Laird c
Santiago ss

Dave T. October 6, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Gotta have raburn in there

Tbone October 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Agree – I just hope he doesn’t lose one in the lights!

West Coast Tiger October 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

It indicates that JL may be thinking small ball.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I like the looks of the lineup. Now, the guys just have to produce. Here’s to hoping the Tigers get a few runs on the board early & the Twins don’t.

Tbone October 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm

From The Freep: Twins outfielder Denard Span called the Tigers chokers. He told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune after Sunday’s games: “I don’t want to say they’ve choked, but, yeah, they have choked.”

According to Jason Beck, The Tigers have his remarks posted in the clubhouse and highlighted.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Wow, guy got a little cocky from batting about .600 against us.

I say Porcello should give Delmon Young a fastball in the thigh and watch Delmon Young chase Span around the Dumb-Dome Rod Allen-style.

I mean, we’d lose Porcello, but the entertainment value might make up for that…

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm

For those not in the know about Rod Allen’s antics here’s a video of him chasing a poor pitcher all over the field in Japan – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSxFl3le25o

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm

That never gets old…love the look on the pitcher’s face when Rod starts out after him…

Shane Trapped in Toledo October 6, 2009 at 5:05 pm

My favorite part is at the end when Rod cannot figure out who the pitcher is anymore in the mass of Japanese players.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Interesting. We know that one of the Tigers did indeed choke. On too much alcohol.

Kathy October 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm

As much as I like Ron Gardenhire, nothing would please me more than to see a frown on his face after the game.

MCM October 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I don’t see how we can lose with this line-up…jus’ sayin’.

(if we lose you’ll forget I posted this come spring time, if we win my words will be prophetic)

Dylan October 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Ugh, I can’t wait any longer for this game… Come on boys, get it done!

Joey in Portland OR October 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Polanco shirt, check. Inge jersey, check. Tigs cap, check. Little Ceasar Pizza, check. Cabrera-like BAC, check. LETS GO TIGERS!!!!!

Kevin in Dallas October 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Post of the day (up to now)

Kevin in Dallas October 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Holy crap it’s loud there.

RoseTattoo October 6, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Here we go folks!

I gotta feeling… (Woohoo)
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night

Tonight’s the night
Let’s live it up
I got my money
Let’s spend it up
Go out and smash it
Like Oh My God
Jump off that sofa
Let’s kick it OFF

Thanks to the Black Eyed Peas for that!

Kevin in Dallas October 6, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Top of the first really couldn’t have gone worse for us. PP gets a bad call against him, Baker is up in the zone the whole inning and we give them 3 easy outs. Let’s go RP.

RoseTattoo October 6, 2009 at 5:16 pm

one pitch = one out

bodes well

Andrew in Toronto October 6, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Help — no TBS on my cable, so I am watching mlb.tv.

Except now it is “postseason.tv”, and I get the “benefit” of picking my camera angle.

But that just means I don’t get to see where the ball is hit. Anybody know how to just get the normal feed?

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Pretty nice play by Santiago there. The thought of pitching to Mauer 3 or 4 more times this game terrifies me.

Kevin in Dallas October 6, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Outstanding Porcello. 24 more outs to go.

Dylan October 6, 2009 at 5:25 pm
Dylan October 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm

No double play no double play no double play no double play.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 5:31 pm

The Tigs are hitting Baker strong! Keep it going and they will break.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Well, looks like another game where the Tigers struggle to score runners. Why should it be any different at game 163 than it was for games 1-162?

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Ugh.
I didn’t expect Inge to get the run in, but a line drive out? That was unexpected, thought he would strike out or pop out. Then Laird with a really bad swing.
That inning could haunt us…

Tbone October 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Carlos failed, Raburn was lucky, Inge was a bit unlucky and Laird unfortunately remembered that hacky swing that served him so well for most of the season.

JOE Z October 6, 2009 at 5:34 pm

i really felt a national league team would bunt every time when carlos was up. you can not leave the lead off double on base, come on!

JOE Z October 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm

also meaning i felt tigers should have bunted miguel over, the first run is pretty big mentally in a playoff game!

Joel in Seattle October 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm

They already had him on 3B with one out. Certainly you didn’t think they should have done the suicide squeeze with MC Hammered on 3B and one out in the 2nd inning?

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Porcello is looking good!

Joel in Seattle October 6, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Wow. What an inning from the kid…

Mark in Chicago October 6, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I know we are focused on today, but I can’t help think of something Keith Law said on ESPN:

“Verlander and Porcello in a couple years could be devastating”

nice.

Joel in Seattle October 6, 2009 at 5:44 pm

That AB looked great on Gameday…

T Smith October 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Granderson has to steal this base. Come on guys. We’re not going to win this one without being aggressive. Let’s pour on some pressure.

Kevin in Dallas October 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Attaboy MAGGS!

Matt October 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm

That was worth $18 million right there.

Mark in Chicago October 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm

lol. solid.

RoseTattoo October 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm

The crowd is chanting “alcoholic” as Cabrera bats.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

OrdonYES!!!!

Joey in Portland OR October 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Classy by the Twins fans chanting ‘alcoholic’

Joey in Portland OR October 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm

THATS how you shut them up Miggy!

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm

YESSSS SIRRRR!!!!!!!!!

RoseTattoo October 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I got your alcoholic right here suckers!!!

Keith (Mr. X) October 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm

attaboy MIGGY!!

Kevin in Dallas October 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I think we all know how MC is handling everything.

ian October 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm

i forgive mc now.

Mark in Chicago October 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm

um, yeah. cool man.

JOE Z October 6, 2009 at 5:52 pm

HOLY F YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BE A MAN MIGUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dylan October 6, 2009 at 5:52 pm

WOOHOOOO

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 5:52 pm

How do you spell “I can hear a pin drop in the Twinkie Dome”? MICKEY CABRERA! Score early and often!

Brian M October 6, 2009 at 5:52 pm

You gotta be kidding me!

Joel in Seattle October 6, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Uh, I’m all for moral consistency and everything, but… I’m glad Miggy’s in the lineup today.

Matt October 6, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I love/hate Miguel Cabrera.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Ha! CaBEERa!!!

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 5:54 pm

So important for Porcello to come back and pitch another strong inning here.

Slashpyne October 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm

We all love Miggy again!

Mark in Chicago October 6, 2009 at 5:57 pm

RP needs to shut them down this inning. We got him 3 and he’s go t the bottom of the order up.

…and as I say that he gives up a leadoff single. *sigh*

Dylan October 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Crap.. Runners at the corners for Mauer..

Mark in Chicago October 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm

yikes. heck of a way to give one back.

Joel in Seattle October 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Can we forbid Tigers pitchers from throwing the ball to first base in big games?

Matt October 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm

What happened there? Gamecast says “throwing error”. Is that a wild pitch?

Jeff October 6, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Porcello threw wild to first and the ball hit the ump. Huge break for the Tigers bc the guy on 1st couldn’t advance.

Matt October 6, 2009 at 6:17 pm

The kids’ beaned an ump AND Youkilis? I like his style.

Keith (Mr. X) October 6, 2009 at 6:08 pm

wild pickoff throw to 1st base

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Was the Umpire Angel Hernandez? If so, that might not have been a mistake. :)

Keith (Mr. X) October 6, 2009 at 6:07 pm

attaboy Porcello

Joel in Seattle October 6, 2009 at 6:07 pm

What’s wrong with Kubel’s face in his Gameday picture? Did he want that smirk to piss off opposing fans?

MacD October 6, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Looks like Turtle

Joey in Portland OR October 6, 2009 at 6:08 pm

ok lets not give any more away! anyone else have flashbacks to the 2006 WS?

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Justice. Way to keep your composure Little Rickey! Let’s score some more – Baggie Time!

Brian M October 6, 2009 at 6:09 pm

How big is that K?!

Vince in MN October 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm

What is it with Tigers pitchers that when they get a lead they come out and throw notng but fastballs in the next half inning. 25 piches, 21 FB that half inning for Porcello. Invariably they give something back. Verlander does this also. I don’t get the pitch selection process in tose situations

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Hey Brian – That was a Special K! Score often

T Smith October 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Maybe Inge should bunt in situations like this. Gotta move that runner up in big games like this.

Joey in Portland OR October 6, 2009 at 6:27 pm

agreed.

Vince in MN October 6, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Inge has 1 SH this year.

Tom in Minneapolis October 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Porcello is dealing!!!

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Wow…STRONG inning from Porcello.

Keith (Mr. X) October 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Porcello!

dead rabbit October 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm

yeah, Miggie keep smackin’ them!

Joey in Portland OR October 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Atta boy Rick!

lets add on boys!

T Smith October 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm

If Porcello pulls this off, he’s got ROY sewn up.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 6:26 pm

What a great opportunity for Porcello to show his quest for Rookie of the Year! Let’s score some more!

Dylan October 6, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I don’t think Porcello liked hearing that he can’t strike anyone out.

Tbone October 6, 2009 at 6:27 pm

More runs please!

Matt October 6, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Can we stop with the foul-outs please?

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Sit down, son. Porcello is really dealing it tonight.

JOE Z October 6, 2009 at 6:36 pm

wow porcello, straight up MAN

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Debating whether or not to post and jinx things. (Stuck in a meeting, following on the iPhone app…)

Do the Twins dare pitching to Cabrera with nobody on base to start the inning? Or does he ge the Bonds treatment?

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Tigers are making it easy here. I’d like to see a lot more runs here even with Porcello dealing. It’s the “never say die” Twins, ya know.

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Oh no…the bats have disappeared AGAIN…

Vince in MN October 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm

5 pitch inning. Way to make Baker work.

billfer October 6, 2009 at 6:46 pm

That was pretty poor. Five pitches, five swings, 3 outs, 0 balls out of the infield.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 6:46 pm

C’mon Kid, sit ‘em down.

jaws79 October 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Get Mauer!!!!! Show him Porcello!!!

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Huh, what? You said The Kid can’t strike out hitters? :)

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 6:50 pm

This is why the Tigers need more runs. C’mon now guys don’t job Porcello like you did last Tuesday.

jaws79 October 6, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Tigers need to get fire in their bats!!!!

jaws79 October 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I guess a walk is good!!!

ouchudied October 6, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Bah Leyland… let the dude pitch.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 6:54 pm

It’s rabbit time

billfer October 6, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I’d have given Porcello 1 more batter, but he did seem to pitch away from contact to Cuddyer there.

billfer October 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Zach Miner looks like a rabbit.

Jeff Molby October 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Damnit. I didn’t want to see Miner in this game. He’s too much of a wild card. He might do great, but he’s just as likely to completely give the game away. I’ll gladly take a tiring Porcello instead.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Zach Miner looks like a rabbit

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Who would have thought the season could possibly come down to Zach Miner?

Oh man.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Good call JL. Let Ricky get the win! Hold you head up high Porcello as you did more than we could ask for!

Jason October 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Its the Twins turn to lead the LOB category today go tigers

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Not a good time for Miner to fall off the “good pitcher” wagon.

T Smith October 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Pulling Porcello was a bad move. A very bad move. Why can’t you just let him finish the inning?

WTF?

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm

nevermind.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Rabbit! I said he looks like a #%!*! RABBIT!!!

Brenden October 6, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Leyland just lost us the game….

Perhaps not….He looks like a rabbit, after all….

Jason October 6, 2009 at 7:00 pm

The Rabbit lives The Rabbit lives

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:00 pm

And . . . exhale. Lets get some runs!

billfer October 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm

If the site goes down for a minute I’m rebooting the server.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Plan on setting a traffic record today?

billfer October 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

At this rate we may. It would mean beating yesterday.

Jeff Molby October 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm

And 800,000 people exhale!

Miner’s A-game is pretty good, but his B-game blows. I still can’t believe JL brought him in without having a solid backup plan.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Miner has been pretty dependable. I didn’t have a problem with him coming in.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:16 pm

C’mon Polly! Do what you do :)

Meh, didn’t mean to post this here

Matt October 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Time to unleash the B.O.O.B.s.

Keith (Mr. X) October 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm

attaboy Miner

Vince in MN October 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Inge = 7 pitches. Previous 4 Tigers batters = 7 pitches. Way to go BInge

Brian M October 6, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Seriously. Solid AB for Inge. We needed that.

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Need to get this run in.

B-U-N-T

Then maybe Ramon attones for his pop-up vs. Baker on Thursday.

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Wow, Inge is on base. Now gotta move him over and hope Santiago or Granderson can get a hit. We NEED to get a run this inning.

Vince in MN October 6, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Laird should bunt here, then PH for Santiago.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm

BOOB on base! And that’s it, Baker is BOOB-booted…

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 7:10 pm

wow…the one time you need laird to bunt, he pops it up.

Jerry the Tiger Fan October 6, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Well…right decision. Bad execution. A bunt was in order there, but Laird fails to deliver. Damn.

Matt October 6, 2009 at 7:11 pm

You must be new here.

billfer October 6, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Santiago hit that pretty good.

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Looked great off the bat, but it seems impossible to sneak anything past Span the last month.

Brenden October 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm

No more offense…no chance to win…

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Baggie time CJ!

billfer October 6, 2009 at 7:14 pm

If a runner gets on base while Zach is in the game I’m going to delete your comment and pretend it never happened. I hope you don’t take offense to this.

Jeff Molby October 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I guess I haven’t attended enough of the game threads… is the “rabbit” thing a play off of the “celery” thing?

Jeff Molby October 6, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Is Miner coming back for the 7th? Who has his back? I can’t imagine he’ll have a whole lot of leash.

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Did we ever need a patented Polanco dunker now, or what?

Dylan October 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Who do you pitch in the next inning?

Jeff Molby October 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Apparently Miner, but I’d probably have Perry already loosening up. Ni, Lyon, Seay and Rodney are the only other guys I’d use today.

Jerry the Tiger Fan October 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Nice to see Grandy get a hit off that fat tub o’ poop.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Gotta keep and add to this lead before Nathan comes into the game. For the Tigers offense, this game only lasts one more inning.

Andrew in Toronto October 6, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Or less… Wouldn’t Gardenhire bring in Nathan in an 8th inning jam? Hopefully we get some quick runs before he has a chance.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm

yeah, it could definitely be less. Oh man, I’ve got a stomach ache.

Andrew in Toronto October 6, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Oh boy, here we go. Miner, Lyon and Rodney with maybe a bit of Ni?

Brenden October 6, 2009 at 7:22 pm

We…need…runs…

ouchudied October 6, 2009 at 7:22 pm

I think they’ll pitch him until Mauer comes up, then throw Ni..

Jason October 6, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Is it to early to bring Lyon in for 2 innings now or go with Miner/Seay 8th.
And I agree whole heartedly bring on the Rabbit.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Good call Billfer. Ahem, I wonder if JL did Pitcher take fielding w, Fernando?

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Please don’t walk Punto. Please.

David October 6, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Well Porcello delivered like I said yesterday.

Please Tigers win it! WINT IT! WIN IT!!! :)

Brenden October 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Punto is always a rally starter….I am now terrified…

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Friggin’ Punto.

Matt October 6, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Twins are due for a GIDP…

Sean October 6, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I don’t see why they wouldn’t bunt there but thank you.

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:30 pm

ouch, ouch, ouch.

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Why groove one to Cabrera who swings away at every first pitch? Damn.

Brenden October 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm

That’s game….with this offense…there is no hope…

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I need a doctor…

tom October 6, 2009 at 7:32 pm

And there goes the season, thanks for playing Detroit Tigers baseball.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Wow, that homer was so close. Our LF has been weak at the track. OK boys, the next innings makes our season. I am behind you!

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 7:47 pm

wowowowowow.

one of these streaks is ending today, the Tigers perfect record when they lead going into the ninth or Nathan’s streak vs. them.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 7:48 pm

There’s a kind of hush, all over the world! Mags!

Keith (Mr. X) October 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm

attaboy Magglio!!

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm

OrdoneYES!!!

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Magglio hits one of the most important home runs since his shot in 2006 sent the Tigers to the World Series.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 7:52 pm

C’mon Baby Inge! No Y!!!

Jason October 6, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Well for the record after the Twins home run I turned off the TV and Radio and shook my head in disgust. I will continue my rally blackout with only this forum as my sports communication outlet. I switched my tv to two in a half men if anyone wants to know

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Of all the times to finally get to Joe Nathan – NOW is the time. Eat ‘em up Tigers, Eat ‘em Up!

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 7:56 pm

C’mon Inge, come through here and even stephen will cheer for you, I promise! Time to show us if that “clutch’ stuff is fluke or not…

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Well, no crow for Stephen on that 2-0 popout.

T Smith October 6, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Just once…. Just once I wish Inge would prove me wrong.

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm

In a career of terrible at-bats, that might take the cake for Inge.

Dylan October 6, 2009 at 8:04 pm

How do you not pinch hit for Inge or Laird.. Pffft.

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Why oh why is he keeping Miner still in the game? Thanks Leyland, for one of the worst managing performances ever.

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Wow! What a season! We can do this and leave the Twinkie Dome forever! Proud to be a Tiger!

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Wow! What a season! We can do this and leave the Twinkie Dome forever! Proud to be a Tiger!

Steve in OH October 6, 2009 at 8:16 pm

CURTIS!!!

Jeff Molby October 6, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Lyon should pitch the 9th too, regardless of score. Agree? Disagree?

Steve in OH October 6, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Maggli-NO!

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Our inability to score a runner from 3rd strikes again. Unreal.

Big Game James October 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm

ouch.

guess we got to win in 10.

T Smith October 6, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Only the Twins could wiggle out of that. Horrible. Just horrible. That inning likely will leave a permanent scar.

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Another leadoff walk to Punto…hard to say this isn’t going to script.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Brilliant. Typical. And yeah, the Tigers inability to get a run with R3L2O is statistically unimportant…

And also: Granderson, strangely, is an awful baserunner…

Dylan October 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm
Andrew in Toronto October 6, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Yeah, looked like a ball to me too. And the final pitch to Laird in the 8th also looked like a ball.

Big Game James October 6, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Rodney can earn some dollars for next year right here.

Jeff Molby October 6, 2009 at 8:34 pm

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Inge may have just saved the season…I forgive the 2-0 swing…

Andrew in Toronto October 6, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Yes he did. Makes a lot of things forgivable.

Keith (Mr. X) October 6, 2009 at 8:37 pm

games don’t get any better than this

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Already Cabrera, let’s work toward a 2.600 OPS…

billfer October 6, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Time for some rally celery

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Man…another first pitch groundout…yerp.

Brenden October 6, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Unbelievable Cabrera…

billfer October 6, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Didn’t you say the game was over 3 innings ago?

Big Game James October 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Finally, Huff contributes something…

Way to be a target.

Steve in OH October 6, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Alright, Brandon… go ahead and finish your redemption that shall last at least two days here on tDTW.

Steve in OH October 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

IIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

(I swear I wrote that first post before he got that hit)

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Inge!!! Baby!!! w00t! w00t!

Charlie October 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Brandon never buys a drink in Detroit again.

Big Game James October 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

BIIIINNNGGGE!

The Metrodome Mute Button

Mike in CT October 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm

BIIIIIIIIIIIIINGE.

Maybe Kelly gets his revenge!!!

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm

INGE!! INGE!! Mr. Clutch!!

And Ol’ Gene with the “send” sign! Oh yeah!!!

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Inge saves the game with his glove and possibly wins it with his bat. Wow!

Sean October 6, 2009 at 8:48 pm

He is clutch!

Steve in OH October 6, 2009 at 8:51 pm

F**K.

David October 6, 2009 at 8:51 pm

INGEY :)

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Omigod…RaYburn… :(

Big Game James October 6, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Worst baseball facility ever.

Not original I know, but it needed to be said one more time.

Slashpyne October 6, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Listening on internet; Should Granderson got to that ball Raburn missed before it got to the wall?

Steve in OH October 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Looks like he could have made the catch.

But that one’s still on Raburn – stupid-a** play in the 10th of the most important game of the year.

Steve in OH October 6, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Fernando Rodney looks like a Bonobo.

(Worked last time…)

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Rodney sets up the game ending double play with that walk. Yep, that’s what I’m telling myself.

Steve in OH October 6, 2009 at 9:00 pm

He’s having some real control issues with that fastball…

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 8:58 pm

should have been the game ender there, Polanco

Brenden October 6, 2009 at 8:58 pm

unbelievable….

Steve in OH October 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm

RABURN YOU HAVE REDEEMED YOURSELF!!!

Well kinda, the game should probably be over by now.

David October 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm

WOW, this is a pretty damn good game!

Keith (Mr. X) October 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm

wow. it does get better than this.

billfer October 6, 2009 at 9:03 pm

This is one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen.

Coleman October 6, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Please, just let me live to see the end of this game…

Andrew October 6, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Who comes out to pitch in the bottom of the 11th?

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Hey American Central! You are showing baseball tonight! I have two exchange students in my hiuse that are now Tiger Fans! Let’s win this for Norway and Germany!

Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi October 6, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Hey American Central! You are showing baseball tonight! I have two exchange students in my house that are now Tiger Fans! Let’s win this for Norway and Germany!

Cameron October 6, 2009 at 9:10 pm

This is excruciating. Not even fun to watch anymore. Any chance we pull this off?

ouchudied October 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I can’t believe what I’m witnessing right now… incredible.

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