Game 2012.9: Tigers at White Sox

5-3, 2nd place, .5 games behind CWS

Several things came to an end yesterday. The Tigers will not go wire to wire this year a la ’84 (though 35-5 still remains a possibility). The Tigers will not win every series this year. The Tigers will not go all season without back to back losses.

But we did see a strong performance from Adam Wilk before Fielder knocked him out of the game with a line drive to the shoulder (unintentionally, I think). Wilk will be a great spot starter and could get some innings if Smyly doesn’t pan out.

Rick Porcello climbs the hill today looking for his first W, and trying to notch the first W of the season for the starting pitching.

At DH, Brandon Inge, batting 8th. Inge, batting 8th. A lineup like this lineup against lefties could spell trouble this season.

1. Jackson, CF
2. Santiago, 2B
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, LF
6. Raburn, RF
7. Peralta, SS
8. Inge, DH
9. Laird, RF

2:10 PM ET Start

86 Comments

  1. Coleman

    April 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Which is worst, Inge batting 8th, or Raburn batting 6th? And bringing his clown show to RF? If Inge spends the season pinch-hitting and DHing we are in huge trouble…

    • AJRULES

      April 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      It looks like Smokey wants to hand the Sox the sweep ….. with the line-up he is fielding today!

      • AJRULES

        April 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        Why the h#&& is Kinge the DH ….. look at what he did/didn’t do in his first at bat!
        What is Smokey puffing on now?

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    April 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Game is Free on MLB.tv today.

    • Coleman

      April 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Also on WGN

  3. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Jim Price is still out on sick leave. Will be out until Thursday when the Rangers come to town. Dan Petrie will be standing in for Jim while the Tigers are in Kansas City. Best wishes for speedy recovery.

    • Jud

      April 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      lets see Boesch raises his average 50 points this week..better give him the day off…Raburn is 2 for April…keep playing him….he’s due…and as a side note start the other two Mendosa brothers Inge and Laird as well…..wow

    • Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

      April 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Is it because of his cancer treatment? Or maybe he just got the bug that was going around the clubhouse?

      • Kevin in Dallas

        April 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

        Dickerson said it was a bug.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Dickerson has been phenomenal riding solo. I like Jim Price, but we’re lucky to have Dan.

    • Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

      April 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      One of the great joys of Tiger baseball this year: watching Prince Fielder run the bases :-)

  4. Coleman

    April 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Well, we got the first Inge LOBs out of the way, so there’s that.

  5. AJRULES

    April 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Nice fielding play by Miggy.

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Well done Porcello!

  7. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Gee-money!!!

    • AJRULES

      April 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Oh yes …… it’s goneeeeeee!!!!

  8. Jud

    April 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Money…..u kiddin…me!

  9. Coleman

    April 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    LOL!! Launch One, Laird!

  10. Jud

    April 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    whats up with Miggy…hes been ………………….

    • Jud

      April 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      solid on D and terrible on O

      • Jud

        April 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

        he even looks totally out of it at the plate

        • Coleman

          April 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

          He’s feeling the pressure, looking back over his shoulder…The Inge is back, waiting to steal his job.

        • Coleman

          April 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

          You are right about Cabrera today…he looks Inge-like at the plate.

          • Coleman

            April 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm

            Not only at the plate, but also at 3rd!

  11. Coleman

    April 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    At least with his walk, Raburn got his OPS over the Mendoza line (.220).

  12. Jud

    April 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    jonny P…..goes vertical…yes

  13. AJRULES

    April 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Will we score JP?

    • Coleman

      April 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Yes. Chicago Clown Show.

  14. Coleman

    April 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    The White Sox apparently have Delmon Young in CF

  15. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    The gods smile on G-Money

  16. Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

    April 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Gerald Laird: New favorite backup?

  17. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Reverse wild pitch clown show

  18. Kevin in Dallas

    April 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Am I the last one to figure out that the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers radio spot is making fun of Leyland?

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      April 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Do we need to bring in the Bernstein Advantage?

  19. Vince in MN

    April 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    A little scare there, but Porcello very efficient: only 51 pitches through 5 IP.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      JV, Wilk, Porcello, is this a coincidence, or a new strategy from Jones?

  20. AJRULES

    April 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Wheels Fielder might have had a triple?

    • AJRULES

      April 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      I like the good example he sets running the bases hard every time ….. even on ground outs at first!

  21. Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

    April 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I love watching Prince run the bases :-)

  22. Vince in MN

    April 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Clete Thomas just hit a 2-run homer in his first game as a Twin.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      April 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Raburn just had his second walk! (and no RBIs)

  23. Kevin in Dallas

    April 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Good for Clete. He can be a nice 4th guy somewhere.

  24. Vince in MN

    April 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Rayburn with some good “hitting” there, working Jones for a BB.

  25. Kevin in Dallas

    April 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    CS Alert

  26. Kevin in Dallas

    April 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Let’s put this game out of reach.

  27. AJRULES

    April 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Inge is really really due!

  28. Kevin in Dallas

    April 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Don Cooper drinks a lot of beer.

  29. AJRULES

    April 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Smokey is pinch-hitting for him ….. but he’s really really due!

  30. Coleman

    April 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Eh, Inge could’ve done that.

    • Vince in MN

      April 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Inge would have hit a bomb there.

  31. Coleman

    April 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Double R3L2O Fail.

    • Vince in MN

      April 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Pathetic.

  32. Django McTunes (@ensigntaiga)

    April 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Ugh. Let’s hope that doesn’t bite us in the rear.

  33. Jud

    April 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    is this considered a clown show offense when you have to rely on the other team to wild pitch in your runs???

  34. Kevin in Dallas

    April 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Tigers are really defying some statistical laws with the bases loaded over the past few games.

    http://www.tangotiger.net/RE9902.html

  35. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Porcello has 5 1-3 plays

    • Vince in MN

      April 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Out of 11 ground ball outs total. Anybody know what the record is for pitcher assists in one game?

  36. scott

    April 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Porcello spot-on so far……….thru 7 innings…….keep it up

  37. scott

    April 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    ok, fine. Take Porcello out…….this is why we pay the ‘pen, right?

  38. Jud

    April 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Great job..Rick!!!…lets save this….

  39. Coleman

    April 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Uh oh, Benoit is Joaquin guys.

  40. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Whew..well done Porcello!

  41. scott

    April 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    this is why I gotta question Leyland. this seems to happen all the time. he takes the starter out, who’s basically doing fabulous, and brings in a reliever who starts walking guys……..grrrrr………

    • Vince in MN

      April 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      To be fair, Porcello was at 99 pitches and Leyland seems to be on the conservative side with pitch counts for starters so far this year. Also, he seems to have been kind of conservative with Porcello in the past anyway.

    • Jerry The Tiger Fan

      April 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Nothing wrong with the decision to pull Porcello. Before the HR, Fukudome hit a rope that would’ve been a double if not for the a real nice play by Cabby. Benoit is pretty dependable and he is coming in fresh. Porcello pitched a great game, no need to let him spoil it for himself as Verlander did on Wednesday.

      What I have a quarrel with is not leaving Benoit in to pitch the 9th. Once we got up four there is no need no need to waste Valverde. Add to that the fact that Valverde doesn’t pitch well in non-save situations and its a head scratcher move by Leyland. This “well he got loose in the bullpen so I’m gonna use him” mentality is pure bullheaded thinking on Ol’ Smoky’s part. How many times does Papa Grande need to demonstrate to Ol’ Smoky that he is not sharp in non-save situations before Ol’ Smoky gets it??

      • Vince in MN

        April 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm

        Well, if history is a guide, Leyland is never going to get it.

  42. Vince in MN

    April 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    From a strategy perspective, the best thing to do here is to score 1 run (1 BB and 3 WP would do it) to preserve the save opportunity for Valverde, providing just the right amount of cushion while not putting the Big Potato outside of his comfort zone.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      April 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      And keeps Porcello away from getting a loss

    • Vince in MN

      April 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Three singles works for me.

  43. Jud

    April 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    a carreer day..no a career week for Laird…..good job!

  44. Jud

    April 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Ramon catching the Laird fever….yes

  45. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Ramon leads Raburn in RBIs!

  46. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Cabrera goes hitless in the series

    • Jud

      April 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      0 for last 17….never thought we would ever see that…

  47. scott

    April 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    ok, Papa…….follow the one rule all closers / relievers gotta follow: THROW STRIKES!!

  48. Coleman

    April 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Rayburn…adds RF to his Clown Collection

  49. Jud

    April 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    and Raburn actually gets paid for playing In the MLB…hahaha

  50. Kevin in Dallas

    April 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    What Rayburn did to that flyball was criminal.

    • Coleman

      April 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      At least he didn’t volley it over the fence this time.

  51. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    April 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Tigers are making the White Sox feel like contenders in the AL Central

  52. Kevin in Dallas

    April 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Steve Stone is a saint for what he puts up with everyday. 4 innings is my Hawk tolerance for the year.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      April 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      He has many of years of experience with Harry Carray

    • Jerry The Tiger Fan

      April 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Hawk makes it real easy to root against the White Sox. He really grates one’s nerves/patience if you are not a diehard ChiSox fan.

      • Coleman

        April 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

        My favorite least-favorite thing: “stay fair!! dagnabit!!” when someone yanks a ball 30 ft foul.

        On the other hand, he played golf with Jackie Robinson once, so there’s that…

  53. Jud

    April 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    whew!!!!!…everyone is a contender if the Tigers play like this weekend.

  54. Vince in MN

    April 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    The Tigers are now 1-0 when Inge plays.