Game 2010.018: Tigers at Rangers

Read the post game wrap-up: Wins in unexpected places

The Tigers have dropped 4 straight series openers. They’ve dropped the first two games of each of their last two series. The Tigers will turn to Dontrelle Willis to draw this Rangers series even.

Willis was quite good his last time out allowing just 4 hits and 2 walks in a 6 inning loss to the Angels. Willis faced the Rangers once last year in what was one of the more memorable games of the season. Willis pitched into the 7th inning and only gave up a hit and 2 walks while fanning 5.

The Tigers were set to face Rangers starter Scott Feldman last night before he was scratched due to a lingering illness. That means I get to copy and paste last night’s stuff.

Scott Feldman went 7 innings in his first 2 starts, but didn’t make it out of the 3rd in his latest outing against the Yankees. He faced the Tigers once last year and Detroit got to him for 6 runs in 2.1 innings. Granderson did the bulk of the damage hitting homers in each of the first 2 innings.

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48 Comments

  1. Rick G

    April 24, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    97.1 is reporting that Dontrelle is not pitching tonight due to illness, Brad Thomas makes the start instead.

  2. Anthony Lewis

    April 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Naturally since he is sick the entire interwebs is re-heating with Willis bash party. I mean never mind that we are almost 20 games in to the season and in 2010 Dontrelle Willis has less walk and a lower ERA than JUSTIN VERLANDER!

    I’m not saying D-Train is going to sweep the Cy Young voting this year, but it’s obvious that for right now he is pitching a lot better then pretty much everyone expected, and I’d rather see him on the mound than Brad Thomas.

  3. JOE Z

    April 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    oh dear, brad thomas…….

  4. JIMMAC

    April 24, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Couldnt they bring up Galarraga…I dont know the last day he pitched but I heard he has some life to his pitching. Well again…Well at least against minor leaguers. I hope I’m wrong but this sounds disasterious…

    • Shane Trapped in Toledo

      April 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm

      I am guessing this was pretty last minute and there was no time to bring anybody up. Plus, Willis might be ready to go in the next few days. Therefore you do not have to mess with the roster, but who knows?

      • Mark in Chicago

        April 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm

        If they bring somebody up, somebody else has to either go down or on the DL.

  5. stephen

    April 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Willis saw Boesch was batting fifth and decided to get food poisoning. He may be a head case, but he isn’t stupid.

  6. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    There goes Thomas’ no-hitter.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      April 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      and the shutout.

  7. Mark in Chicago

    April 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Well the good news is: the Rangers hit about 50 rockets that inning but we’re only down 2-0.

  8. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 24, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Even Nate The Great gave up 2 runs in the 1st inning.

  9. stephen

    April 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Can Dontrelle Willis make it to his third May with the Tigers and still have only one win? Stay tuned!

  10. Coleman

    April 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Let’s think long range here…Cabrera will probably be on the All-Star team this season. And he could very well take part in the Home Run Derby. And we may have identified somebody good to serve up some hittable stuff…so there’s that…

  11. stephen

    April 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I can’t believe you would bunt against Thomas!!!

  12. Mark in Chicago

    April 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    man, this is getting ugly. Thomas isn’t fooling anybody and there’s nothing Jimmuh can do. Take one for the team, Brad.

  13. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Everything is properly aligned in the universe again tonight…..the Tigers are behind early in the game.

  14. JOE Z

    April 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    i hate brad thomas so much

  15. JOE Z

    April 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    lol at that fist pump, huge accomplishment for mr thomas right there

  16. Mark in Chicago

    April 24, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Just saw Bonine up throwing and I’m a little surprised he didn’t get the start seeing as how he’s actually started a game at the major league level in the last 4 years.

    Apparently the Rangers struggle against lefties, but they hadn’t faced Brad Thomas yet.

  17. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 24, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Bonine is up in the pen ….. he sure is getting a lot of innings.

  18. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    If Jackson keeps striking out trying to hit ….might as well try bunting!

  19. Mark in Chicago

    April 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    hey, look, a ball game! Please put Bonine in, Jimmuh, we can still win this one!

  20. kathy

    April 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    johnny bee good.

  21. stephen

    April 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Rangers announcers going on and on about Inge as if he is Paul Bunyan. Did you know he can hit a golf ball 400 yards? Did you know he can long toss accurately from 300 feet? Did you know he has a career OPS of .700, frighteningly low for a starting AL third baseman?

    Ok, I added the last one.

    • Coleman

      April 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      I never would have guessed…

      He also sleeps standing up with his eyes open and pilots the team plane…

  22. Mark in Chicago

    April 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    wowwy. that was pretty cool.

  23. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 24, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Epic fail for Rangers Defense. Errors like that are inexcusable. Go Tigers!

  24. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    The Tigers have sure played in some ugly games so far this year.

  25. Coleman

    April 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Ummm…OK…works for me.

  26. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Is this the game where the fload gates open for the Tigers?

  27. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Feldman lookss freaking terrible. How is this guy their #1 starter?

  28. stephen

    April 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Feldman will always be the bizarro world Kramer to me.

  29. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Migs is the best….another league leading RBI!

  30. stephen

    April 24, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    This is why they play the games. I’m sure this would be a 12-2 Rangers win via a computer mock-up, but now looking like, uh, a 13-11 Tigers win.

  31. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 24, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Migs can motor on the base paths too……is he God or what!

  32. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 24, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    We scored 8 runs so far. I’m not happy at about this at all. I want to see some home runs. Doubles just aren’t cutting it for me anymore. LOL.

    • RoseTattoo

      April 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      No kidding! You’d think somebody could at least hit for the cycle! What a bunch of losers!

  33. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Any updates on Adam Everett? I didn’t see what happened. Did it look bad?

    • RoseTattoo

      April 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      Mild strain. Day to day.

      • Keith (Mr. X)

        April 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm

        Wow. What a catch by Jackson. That makes up for the poor play he made earlier.

  34. billfer

    April 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Very nice job by Bonine. He allowed just 2 baserunners and got 9 ground ball outs.

  35. billfer

    April 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    When Jackson has made some of his more impressive catches this year, people have asked “would Curtis have made that play.” It’s hard to say not knowing how they were positioned. I think it’s safe to say Curtis doesn’t make that play.

    • Mark in Chicago

      April 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm

      No complaints whatsoever about Jackson’s defense. He’s better than Granderson in that regard, and it might by by a large margin.

      I do wish AJ would cut down on the Ks with runners on base, but he should get better as he gains experience.

  36. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    That was a high-lite reel catch by Action Jackson……he has a lot of up-side potential for the future……and will be better than Granderson……looks like an excellent exchange with the Yanks by DD!

  37. Tigers Fan in Toronto

    April 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Zoom Zoom is lights out AGAIN tonight!

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      April 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      Zoom baby Zoom.

      • Mark in Chicago

        April 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

        He is pretty unbelievable right now. Just unhittable, really, most guys just have no chance.

  38. Keith (Mr. X)

    April 24, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    We even up the series with the worst pitcher on our team starting for us. What a pleasant surprise.