Game 2011.62: Mariners at Tigers

Well, that was forgettable.  Still, the Tigers came away with their 2nd consecutive road series win, and that against a first-place team, so things are looking good (in fact for the season the Tigers are just one notch under .500 in road games).

Don Kelly provided a brief highlight with a rare home-run, only to undo it with a spectacular 2-run error.  Guess he didn’t hang out later to watch the ESPN highlights after all.

But enough of that. Tonight brings the two words we love to hear:  Justin Verlander.

Now yes, the last time the Mariners came to town the Tigers were the victims of a lopsided sweep.  And the Tigers even lost Verlander’s start 10-1 (it should be added that the bullpen gave up 6 of those runs in the 9th, on the day the term “blowpen” was coined).  But that was then, and this is now.  I mean, just look at the picture above.  See the concentration.

The Mariners send out Doug Fister, whose 3-6 record doesn’t do him justice (3.29 ERA).

In other news, the Tigers drafted Gene Lamont’s granddaughter’s boyfriend in the 740th round of the MLB draft.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Jhonny Peralta

He will like being back at Comerica, where he is hitting .337 (.985 OPS)

Today’s Return-of-the-Burn Lineup:

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

20 thoughts on “Game 2011.62: Mariners at Tigers”

  1. “In other news, the Tigers drafted Gene Lamont’s granddaughter’s boyfriend in the 740th round of the MLB draft.”

    I LOLed

  2. Tigers have a runner at 3rd nobody out and the next inning a runner at 3rd one out and can’t score. Seattle get’s a guy on 3rd with 2 outs and scores on a SO… there’s something wrong with that picture.

    JV already at 87 pitches through 5…

  3. You’ve gotta be kidding me. Back to back double R3L2O fail. Good job Raburn and Jackson, real good job.

  4. When was the last time a catcher hit two triples in a game?
    When was the last time a Tiger catcher hit two tiples in a game?

  5. JV has just passed the 100 inning mark for the year – and today he’s at 103 through 6 innings.

    JV is a Tiger pitching contract extension that is paying dividends (so far), which is more than one could say for the Bondo, Robertson, Willis, etc. extensions/millions.

    1. I request a reprieve for Bonderman here. I know he didn’t prove to be worth the money, but that was a freak medical condition there. The man sacrificed a rib for the Taggers, fer heaven’s sake.

    1. The day off hurt, causing a disruption and ending his streak. Now it is back to square 1 for MR2B.

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