For once, Phil Coke got some run support. Glove support, not so much. The floodgates opened in the 4th following Raburn’s boot of a double-play grounder, and Coke never quite got the lid back on. Regarding the error Leyland, straining to maintain the fiction that Raburn is a good fielder, said “that was a tough play.”
There was no play of any sort on the game-winning HR by Wily Mo Pena, which was measured at 454 feet, making it the 3rd longest HR at Comerica.
There were some bright spots in the game, including a HR by The Ghost, continued clutch hitting by Martinez and Peralta, and a vintage Ordonez opposite field double. Hopefully this is a hint of a resurgent Magglio.
And the brightest spot of all is that today is another day, and this other day features Justin Verlander on the mound. Hopefully Verlander will have his fastball back today; Verlander says his last start “wasn’t that great,” and that his “fastball control wasn’t anywhere near where it should be.” Consequently he struggled through a 4-hit, 1 run, complete game.
It should be a fine day for fans of pitching, since Verlander will be opposed by Josh Collmenter, who is 4-3 with a sparkling 2.09 ERA. Collmenter, a native of Homer, MI, and a Central Michigan alum, has an outstanding 39:11 K to BB ratio, so don’t expect many free passes tonight.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Brennan Boesch
With JV on the mound, a baesch or two should do the trick today; Boesch takes a shot at the #2 spot in the order.
Today’s Burn-out Lineup: