Game 2011.53: Twins at Tigers

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Summer is here, and no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with some Tiger baseball.  And Twins.

Spring ended on a pretty nice note, as Justin Verlander was back to his dominant self and shut down the Red Sox machine 3-0, the AL-leading 8th Tiger shutout of the season.  Verlander was pulled with 2-out in the 8th, because he was at 135 pitches and seemed to lose the strike zone, but it should be noted that his 135th pitch was 100 mph.  100.

With the streaky Tigers this season, a win has usually meant more are coming (as has a loss).  Normally, the Twins have not exactly been the best team to start a win streak against, but this year is not a normal year for Minnesota.  Their team batting average is a woeful .237, they have an AL-worst 3.43 runs per game (Detroit is at 4.23, league average is 4.26), their team ERA is a league-worst 4.77 (Detroit is 4.26, league average is 3.86).  So, not surprisingly, they also have a league-worst record at 17-34.

In the brief 2-game series the teams already played the Tigers battered the Twins pitching for 19 runs in 2 games.  But the Twins will start this series off with the one bright spot in their rotation, Nick Blackburn, who is 3-0, 1.72 for the month of May.  The Tiger least likely to get to Blackburn might be Jhonny Peralta, who is 3 for 20 lifetime against him.

The Tigers offer the Twins a Penny for their thoughts, as Bad Brad Penny returns after his 3 shutout innings against Tampa Bay were disappeared by the rain.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  All U.S. Service members who have given their lives serving the country.

Today’s Memorial Day Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Andy Dirks LF
  3. Brennan Boesch RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta SS
  7. Alex Avila C
  8. Ryan Raburn 2B
  9. Brandon Inge 3B

45 Comments

  1. Kevin in Dallas

    May 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Memorial Day all, and a thank you to all of our Servicemen and Veterans.

    Let’s go Tigers.

  2. Brenden

    May 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Our hot hitting new 2nd basemen is hitting 8th? Geesh, I figured he’d be hitting 2nd with that blistering .195 AVG of his.

  3. Coleman

    May 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    League Strikeout Leaders:

    1 Adam Dunn 69
    2 Austin Jackson 62
    3 Peter Bourjos 58
    4 Ryan Raburn 56

    It’s not really fair to Raburn though, since he only has 162 PA and they all have over 200. He may never catch up batting 8th.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Good thing I’m rolling with three of those guys on my Scoresheet team.

    • Vince in MN

      May 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      May Rayburn Watch:
      5 for 54 (now 55) with 21 Ks.

      With a near 40% K-rate he still has a chance. Besides, the 2B hitting 8th experiment will end soon, at which time he will be back hitting 2nd.

  4. Mr X

    May 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    MIggy bomb!

  5. Brenden

    May 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Come on Penny, no need for a meltdown against a struggling Twins team.

  6. Brenden

    May 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Unfreakin’ believable….Penny…you suck.

  7. Coleman

    May 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    They look like the same old Twins to me.

    • Brenden

      May 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Apparently Penny didn’t get the memo that they are hitting .237 as a team….

      • Vince in MN

        May 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

        Bad Penny + 2011 Twins = same old Twins.

  8. Brenden

    May 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Oh for crying out loud, this is a complete meltdown…And with our offense, I don’t see us coming back to win this one…

    • Vince in MN

      May 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Gotta get Blackburn out of there. The Twins bullpen is attrocious.

      • Brenden

        May 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        Gotta get Penny out of there. He is absolutely attrocious today.

        • Vince in MN

          May 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

          Several reasons Penny was left in so long. One, some, or all may apply:
          1. Leyland wanted to show Penny he had confidence in him.
          2. Penny hadn’t reached his pitch/inning limit yet.
          3. Smokey was out on a long cig break and didn’t notice what was going on (Tigers were up 3-0 when he left).
          4. There was no one warmed up in the bullpen.

  9. Coleman

    May 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Penny’s gotta hand it to Peralta

  10. Vince in MN

    May 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    The bad news is that Rayburn grounded out. The good news is that he made contact. Progress.

    • Coleman

      May 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      The good news is that the line drive to the wall in left last inning was fielded by Dirks.

  11. Brenden

    May 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Wow…have the tides turned in this game…It’s pretty sad when you’re only down by two runs in 5th and it feels like an insurmountable deficit….

  12. Mr X

    May 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    VMart!!

  13. Vince in MN

    May 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    OK, brand new ballgame. It looks like the winner will be determined by the battle between each teams blowpens.

    • Coleman

      May 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      From the Penny to the Purce

  14. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Let’s hope they can get the win for newcomer David Purcey!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      May 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      They are still showing Purcey wearing a Blue Jays cap on the Yahoo Game Channel

  15. Kevin in Dallas

    May 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Raburn with a single. Leyland wins again.

    • Coleman

      May 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Just as Rod was talking about how Lloyd was spending a lot of time with Raburn, and I was thinking, uh oh, he may never have another hit…

    • Vince in MN

      May 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Give the man a two year extension.

  16. Vince in MN

    May 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    How can you go up there with the bases loaded and no outs and not take the bat off your shoulder?

    • Mr X

      May 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      If he got that call, he walks, we score.

    • Mr X

      May 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      I didn’t understand why Wells was not protecting the plate on a 1-2 count though.

  17. R3L2O Police

    May 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Austin Jackson you are under arrest.

  18. Kevin in Dallas

    May 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Is this really happening?

    • Coleman

      May 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Maybe the shock of the 7-9 hitters leading off an inning by getting on base was just too much

  19. R3L2O Police

    May 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Jim Leyland, you are being cited for Contributing to R3L2O Failure–you should have left the Dirks in there, he puts the ball in play.

  20. Vince in MN

    May 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Pathetic.

  21. Coleman

    May 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Al-B-K has this under control

    • Coleman

      May 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      I say give him another inning

  22. Coleman

    May 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Fan-Clowning

  23. Kevin in Dallas

    May 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Got a freebie there.

  24. Mr X

    May 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Umpire screwed up.

    • Mr X

      May 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      Good hit by Avila nevertheless.

  25. Coleman

    May 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    And Ryan Raburn joins an exclusive list of .195 hitters who are pulled for late-inning defensive replacement

  26. Mr X

    May 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Don Kelly!!!! What a catch!! Valverde! And we’re on another winning streak!

  27. Coleman

    May 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Donkey Don for the win!

  28. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    May 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Ok guys, this is my first Should Have Lost for the year.