Game 2012.88: Tigers at Orioles

45-43, 3rd place, 3.5 games back.

Well, the win streak (and Austin Jackson’s hit streak) came to an exciting end last night. I checked my phone yesterday on hole 14 of a rather forgettable back nine on a course in North Dallas. Down 4-1, bottom of the 8th, 1 out, and the bases full of Orioles courtesy of Darin Downs. Honestly, I didn’t have much hope, and put my phone down.

Lo and behold, I checked in 30 minutes later, and the game was tied. A double play ball and a few key hits, and we we’re going extra innings. Then we took the lead! And our closer was coming in! But our closer is Jose Valverde. Tie game again.

Then we took the lead again! Valverde couldn’t come back in again! Benoit was warming up, here comes 7 in a row! JJ Hardy is 0-28. ZERO FOR 28! Bomb. Okay, we’ll get them in the 14th. Taylor Teagarden hasn’t played all season. Two-run bomb; and an 8-6 loss.

In reviewing the game, I watched Berry’s game tying single in the 9th, the one where Boesch is thrown out by out 110 feet. What in the world was Lamont thinking? Watch this video, and pause it at the 9 second mark. Boesch still has 2 steps to go before 3rd base when Endy Chavez has the ball in his glove. As Coleman suggested, Lamont’s WAR is about -10.

The good news is that the White Sox and Indians lost, so after all that, we’re still 3.5 games out.

JV takes the ball today, looking to recover from Tuesday night’s All Star start debacle. JV admitted that he geared it up in the first inning because the fans don’t want to see him “paint the corners” but rather they want to see him throw 100. And give up 5 ER. Look for JV to get back to his low-mid 90s 1st inning self today.

The Tigers take on Orioles rookie Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez is a 28 year old rookie who will be making his 2nd big league start, and 5 big league appearance today. So far so good, as Gonzalez has only allowed 4 ER in 18 2/3 IP for a 1.93 ERA. He’s struck out 18 and walked 7 during that time frame. Not a big sample size, but the Tigers have been known to struggle against worst. That said, the guys are really hitting the ball well over the past two weeks, so let’s see if they can hand Gonzalez his first loss.

Today’s Series Clinching Lineup (because we can’t win every game, but we can win every series):

1. Jackson, CF
2. Berry, LF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Boesch, DH
6. Peralta, SS
7. Avila, C
8. Santiago, 2B
9. Kelly, RF

11 Comments

  1. Coleman

    July 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    AJax! I think we need a curly fries game today.

  2. mcb

    July 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Don Kelly looks great at the plate….NOT

  3. jud

    July 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I guess dating a supermodel isn!`t affecting JV much!!!!!!!

  4. jud

    July 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    nice start to the second half….now can you play well at home for a change,,,,there is supposed to be a home field advantage at Comerica

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    July 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Cabrera’s HR was ridiculous. You don’t see a lot of oppos where the CF barely moves.

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    July 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    CWS wins, again.

  7. Vince in MN

    July 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t suppose there is any chance that JV can pitch every 3rd game!?

  8. jud

    July 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Mumbles defended Lamonts decision to send Boesch last night when Boesch had not reached 3rd yet and the left fielder already had the ball. Leyands defense of the decision proves one thing….both Leyland and Lamont are out of touch with reality!

  9. Kevin in Dallas

    July 16, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Here’s the article. http://www.detroitnews.com/art.....nan-Boesch

    The comments are great. About 90% Lamont is an idiot, 10% send Boesch. Maybe if Chris Davis was still in Left. Perhaps Lamont didn’t get the tweet about the fielding switch.

    • Vince in MN

      July 16, 2012 at 4:30 am

      Leyland needs to be forced to watch all the many replays of Lamont getting runners thrown out when they have no chance – over and over and over again, like the Malcom McDowell character in “A Clockwork Orange.” This is just stuff you can’t see from the dugout apparently.

    • Coleman

      July 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

      “You’ve got to make him throw him out.” OK, Uncle Smokey, well, it was a success then…you made them throw him out.

      Funny that phrase never occurs to him when he has Jackson or Berry on first base…I guess then the phrase is “you’ve got to make them turn the double play.”