Game 2012.15: Rangers at Tigers

Well, that was quick.  The Rangers put the game away with 8 runs in the first inning before a stunned Rick Porcello could even record a second out.  The Rangers rolled to their 8th straight, beating Detroit 10-4, and have now outscored them 20-7 so far this series.

If there was a bright spot for the Tigers, it was another great outing by Duane Below, who threw 6 scoreless innings against the red-hot Rangers, the longest relief outing by a Tiger pitcher since Steve Sparks in 2003 (take away the first inning, and Below had a quality start).  Below has now thrown 10 scoreless innings, with 7 hits and no walks in 2012.

After the game the Tigers used their last option on Daniel Schlereth and dispatched him to the Mud Hens, giving RHP Thad Weber his first call up to the bigs.

Can anyone stop the Rangers right now? Sounds like a challenge Justin Verlander would relish. Fresh off of a 131-pitch complete game victory, he has actually done well against the current Texas lineup, limiting them to a combined BA of .230 and an OPS of .655.  Mike Napoli has given him the most trouble (.300/.890), and he is not in the starting lineup.  Adrian Beltre will miss the rest of the series with an injured hamstring.

Neftali Feliz won the 2010 Rookie of the Year as a closer, and is now making a go of it as a starter.  Tonight will be his 3rd major league start, and so far opponents are just hitting .209 against him.  But then he has yet to face the likes of Santiago-Kelly-Inge.


Breaking news:  Phil Humber of the White Sox has just completed a perfect game against the Mariners


Today’s Double-Headed Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Brennan Boesch RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera DH
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young LF
  6. Alex Avila C
  7. Ramon Santiago SS
  8. Don Kelly 3B
  9. Brandon Inge 2B


  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Anybody getting the game on Direct TV MLB Extra Innings? Suppose to be channel 722

    • jud

      April 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      not getting it at all…I’m looking everywhere on Direct

  2. Tigers Rule

    April 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Smokey are you a hypocrite? ….. you said Inge plays only against lefties!

  3. dredford

    April 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    For the second time today, Inge has blown a routine double play at second base. He MISSED the bag and actually got a break on the call at first as it looked like he didn’t get the relay there in time. Remember, he’s there for his stellar defense, defense that cost Porcello five runs in the first game today.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    April 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Cruz was safe there. I think Inge pissed off JV, and Michael Young made it worse. He may bean someone if the Tigers don’t score a few runs soon.

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    April 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    A few jobs are opening up in Boston.

  6. jud

    April 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    we need an investigative lawyer to investigate what Inge and Rayburn have on Leyland….it must be big …..because blackmail can be the only reason you would pencil either one into the lineup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      April 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Get the Bernstein Advantage!

    • Tigers Rule

      April 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Why! ….. Oh why! ….. is Kinge in the line-up?

      • jud

        April 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

        in fact I want to hear from Dombrowski why the two of them play….I don’t even want to hear “they are due” come out of Capt Mumbles…we already know Mumbles is without reasoning faculties!

  7. Kevin in Dallas

    April 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I don’t get why JV is pitching around David Murphy.

  8. jud

    April 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Ramon…….hell ya!!!!!!

  9. jud

    April 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Pinch hit the bat boy for Binge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Tigers Rule

    April 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Do we bring up Castellanos (.388 ba) from Lakeland and try him at second or do we trade two of our lefties for an (A) second baseman?

  11. Stormin Norman$

    April 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Verlander 102 pitches through 5, needless to say the bullpen is going to be key – as JV likely only has one (probably), maybe two innings left.

  12. jud

    April 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    your lineup is better by 20% by cutting both Inge and Rayburn both defensively and offensively….neither can field and neither can hit……so anything you do is a positive move…heck Clete Thomas has better stats then both of them added together

    • Coleman

      April 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      We need a guy like Omar Infante.

  13. jud

    April 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Infante….or Polonco….

  14. jud

    April 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    and I am getting sick of Price saying “boy thats tough” every single pitch Kinge misses……….Brandon will say after the game they are pitching me like I’m Babe Ruth……oh thats why your 1 for 17

  15. Henion32

    April 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Benoit time

  16. jud

    April 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    JV survives again…amazes us over and over and over….Dotel good job, now lets close this out!!!

  17. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I am Jose Valverde. I am “The World’s Most Interesting Pitcher.”

    …When I come into the game, outfielders sit down and relax in lawnchairs.
    …Gerald Laird cries in the dugout when he is not in the game to catch me.
    …Fans start their game victory celebration before I even throw a pitch.
    …The pitchers I relieve always insist that I get the win and not them.
    ….Umpires hold their heads down and raise their right arm for every pitch I throw.
    …When I pick runners off at first, they come to the mound to shake my hand before returning to the dugout.

    “I don’t always pitch, but when I do, I pitch in the ninth inning. Stay worried my Friends!”…I am Jose Valverde, “The Worlds Most Interesting Pitcher.”

  18. jud

    April 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Schlereth is GONE!…………………………….next!

  19. tom in troy

    April 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Papa Jones is making me nervous.

    • Brenden

      April 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Papa Jones is right….this is terrifying…

  20. jud

    April 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Just Winning a single game should not be this frickin difficult!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Stormin Norman

    April 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    only 3 hits, but a “W” – now try to salvage a split tomorrow

  22. Justin

    April 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    What’s wrong with the Tigers relief pictures that they can’t throw strikes.

  23. Chris in Texas

    April 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    It was bound to happen, Benoit walks at least one guy every appearance. It’s a shame that ridiculous defense gave the best team in baseball a free run. It’s hard to win games, when you can’t hit or play defense…amazingly, our pitching has been so good, that we have overcome walks by the pen, poor defense, and mediocre offense to win a lot of games. I do not think you can beat good teams consistently with this approach.