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Game 2011.83: Giants at Tigers

They might be giants.

Than again, who knows.  The Giants are the reigning champs of MLB, so they are certainly not to be discounted.  And once again, their pitching is top-notch.  Lincecum, Cain (who recorded his career 1,000th K last night), and the surprising Vogelsong are easily the class of the league, and The Beard leads the NL in saves.

On the other hand, they have been struggling like mad to score runs lately;  they only managed 2 in 13 innings against the Cubs yesterday in their 2nd consecutive walkoff loss, and the loss of Buster Posey becomes larger and larger the more Tejada and our old friend Aubrey “Ham Sandwich” Huff drop down the downside of their careers.  It’s gotten so bad they are rumored to be interested in picking up Mike Cameron.

The Tigers, meanwhile, have the momentum of yet another Verlander gem behind them.  The great thing about the way the DTW rotation has worked out is that I seem to get all of the post-Verlander posts, which is always fun.

This was Verlander’s 9th straight win, which is the longest streak for a Tiger pitcher since David Wells pulled off 9 straight in 1995.

On the downside, in a stretch where we’re likely to need our bullpen, we are going to have to do it without Captain QuerK:  Al Alburquerque has been placed on the DL with a sore elbow, or in layman’s terms, right flexor mass inflammation.  Right-hander Lestor Oliveros has been recalled from Toledo to take his bullpen spot. His Toledo stats have been underwhelming;  it wouldn’t be a surprise, if Al-Al’s stay on the DL is extended, to eventually see Chance Ruffin get a shot at his role.  At the very least he would be able to keep up the cool-nameness factor.

Oh, and the last time the Tigers faced the Giants, there was a minor stir caused when the game-winning run was knocked in by Ryan Raburn, and the SF Chronicle called him “a scrub.”

In other news, Carlos Guillen has crept up the rehab ladder from Lakeland to Toledo. A representative of Guillen says Carlos expects to be back in the lineup after the All-Star break. Stay tuned.

Today Brad Penny takes on Madison Bumgarner.  Penny has been a Good Enough Penny of late, so it will in all probability come down to run support.  Speaking of probability, ESPN voters say there is about a 55% chance the Giants win this.  Accuscore says there is about a 55% chance the Tigers win this.  Game on!

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game:  Andy Dirks

Andy goes for 4 tonight–he has homered in 3 straight games.

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game Deux: Ryan Raburn

Ryan says:  Scrub this!

Today’s Player of the Pre-Game Trois:  Casper Wells

The Faceoff:  The Ghost is the only player in MLB history named Casper.  The Bum is the only player in MLB history named Madison.  Who will prevail?

Today’s Raburn’s Batting WHERE? Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Casper Wells LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Victor Martinez DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta SS
  7. Ryan Raburn 2B
  8. Alex Avila C
  9. Brandon Inge 3B

 

 

Posted by on July 1, 2011.

Categories: 2011 Season, Game Post

47 Responses

  1. Madison is a girl’s name. (Apologies if that affects anyone reading this)

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

  2. Then again, Ryan is a scrub’s name.

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm

  3. Inge needed to barehand that ball about as much as Ordonez needed to slide.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm

  4. The GHOST! Play of the game already!

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm

  5. awesome!!

    by JOE Z on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm

  6. Clown show got wacked. Casper made a great catch and throw.

    by Mr. X on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

  7. The Ghost 1, The Bum 0

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

  8. Jackson’s improving it took him 5 pitches to strike out to open the game instead of the usual 4

    by judpma on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm

  9. everyone pounds this guy lately …can we do that also….!!

    by judpma on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

  10. Yeah, but nevertheless, he still did another judpma

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

  11. Words gonna be out, you don’t run on The Ghost

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm

  12. POG voting
    1. Inge
    2. Raburn
    3. Wells

    by judpma on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  13. Bumgarner is the 2nd pitcher in MLB history named Cy.

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm

  14. We’re gonna win this one for Bad (good) Brad.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

  15. K-Burn says: Nah

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

  16. Penny , once again deserved better……..

    by judpma on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm

  17. at least Huff is playing like he did when he was with the Tigs

    by judpma on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

  18. Nice job pitching young man…welcome to the bigs…

    by judpma on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

  19. Singglio!!

    by Mr. X on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm

  20. somewhat stunned there

    by JOE Z on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

  21. Maggs!!!!!

    by judpma on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm

  22. AJax woulda had that

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:08 pm

  23. Still woulda been a run though. Let’s see what happens in the bottom half.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:08 pm

  24. Attaboy Raburn. Nice catch!

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm

  25. Blowpen

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm

  26. Seriously….Everyone sucks now, even old reliable Valverde….

    by Brenden on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm

  27. He’s been pretty money as late. He’s not gonna be perfect. I’d rather blow a tie game than one where we already have the lead.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

  28. I’m not liking the Rreality Show

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

  29. Wow…our bullpen sucks…

    by Brenden on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

  30. This is gonna be five straight G1 losses in series (not including make-up games).

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm

  31. Crawford was batting .198 when he rec’d his third free pass of the game. Sure he’s got to throw strikes, but i’m questioning the decision to bring in Villareal in that situation.

    by Stormin Norman$ on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm

  32. do i smell a rally… no that was just a whiff (pun intended) of Raburn and Inge

    by Stormin Norman$ on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

  33. 2 on, nobody out, and…Raburn up. Wait, why is he batting 7th again?

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

  34. I can’t understand why Avila doesn’t bat in front of Raburn….That is just stupidity… Of course, I can’t understand how Raburn is still in the line up at all…

    by Brenden on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm

  35. Avila just played the role of the 8 hitter in the NL. Now come the strikes. Inge sucks. I hope he shows me up.

    by David G on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

  36. I’d like to take that back.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

  37. Binge!!!

    by Coleman on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

  38. Ok, Inge, I take it back. Come on Andy…

    by David G on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

  39. Agreed. 1) Sure Valverde is getting hit, but he’s the closer. Don’t mess with that. 2) Let’s not put a guy in who just stepped off the bus from Toledo.

    (Note, I do not believe in a 9th inning guy system, but Leyland uses it, so he should stick to it)

    by Kevin in Dallas on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

  40. I just don’t like where we are in the lineup to have any shot, unless they start issuing passes.

    by David G on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

  41. Mr Inge answers! in my face

    by Stormin Norman$ on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

  42. NICE, LET’S STEAL ONE!!! Or at least just get this run home, Boesch.

    by David G on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm

  43. oh my god

    by JOE Z on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm

  44. Ahh crap…..that sucks…Nice try anyway….

    by Brenden on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm

  45. Anyone else see Aubrey Huff crying after the game? What was that?

    by Joe on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm

  46. Hey Brandon I learned in Little League that you
    1. freeze on a line drive
    2. Make sure the ball gets thru before you go
    3. Know where the SS and 2B are playing

    by judpma on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

  47. i didn’t see the game or the final out (well two outs actually); baserunning blunder by Inge or a line drive hit right at second base?

    I’m sure the hyper-vigilant Lamont made sure his runners (Avila and Inge) made sure any ball in the air made it to through the infield before straying… that or Lamont was busy contemplating his post-game meal.

    That was a tough loss on a few levels. I guess we’ll see how they pick up the pieces tomorrow.

    by Stormin Norman$ on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm

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