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:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Don Kelly 3B
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez C
- Andy Dirks LF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Alex Avila DH
- Ryan Raburn 2B