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Game 2012.113: Tigers at Rangers

60-52, 2nd place, 1 game behind CWS, tied for WC lead.

Well, the Tigers blew a fantastic chance to take over sole possession of 1st place last night when Joaquin Benoit gave up back to back HRs in the 8th to relinquish the lead, and then the Tigers went R3L2O fail R3L2O fail R32O fail with an opportunity to tie the game in the 9th; which is arguably the most life force draining consecutive at bats that a fan can endure.

It’s hard to come away from the Yankee series on a positive note, but I will admit that the Tigers are playing better all the way around, and I certainly wouldn’t be scared to face the Yankees in the playoffs.

There is, however, a team that worries me, and we start a three game series against them tonight. Though their pitching staff has been hit hard with injuries (Colby Lewis is out of the year, and Neftali Feliz may be out until 2014), guys like Scott Feldman have stepped to help keep the Rangers comfortably in the lead. Feldman is 6-0 over his last 7 games, during which his ERA has dropped from 6.50 to 4.52.

The Tigers look to continue their hot hitting streak in the scorching Texas heat (it was 108 yesterday). The Boys have collected 13 hits or more in each of the last 5 games (which makes yesterday’s loss even tougher) and are batting .356 with 11 HRs in 8 games this month.

I will be a few rows back up the 3rd base line, look for me, I’ll be the one explaining to Gene Lamont that base runners need to touch home in order to score a run.

A few notes:

- Joaquin Benoit is a league leader…his WHIP in July/August….is .84.

- Leyland being Leyland on a potential Castellanos call-up in September.

- 37,661 per game at Tiger Stadium, good for 3rd in the AL. I see you Tigers fans.

Stat of the day – Miguel Cabrera leads all major leaguers with a .369 BA against the Rangers.

Tonight’s Back on Track Lineup:

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

BTW, I’m still upset about last night.

Posted by on August 10, 2012.

Categories: 2012 Season, Game Post

36 Responses

  1. A must read: Leyland explains Leyland Thinking:

    http://beck.mlblogs.com/2012/0.....t-bunting/

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

  2. If the Tigers keep this up, they’re gonna lose.

    #kneejerkreaction

    by Kevin at the Game on Aug 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

  3. This is starting to have the air of a snoozer about it. Where is that 13-hit offense?

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm

  4. Looked like Dirks deked Andrus there.

    by Kevin at the game on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

  5. With a likely quick exit by Scherzer thrown in for good measure.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  6. Bad Max at 67 pitches through 3 IP.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

  7. Getting a little help from the Rangers on the basepaths tonight.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

  8. Rangers PA great Chuck Morgan just dropped some Pantera.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  9. You kow you are at a Ranger game when everyone in the expensive seats behind homeplate are playing with their cellphones instead of watching the game!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  10. Can you drop your pantera in public and not get arrested in Texas?

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

  11. PRINCE!!!!!

    by jud on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  12. Sweet home Alabama! Good one Prince!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  13. Another two out rally.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

  14. Delmon takes the lead in the battle of the Young DHs!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  15. When you get done reading this article all you can say is…”Huh”?????
    I am more confused after reading it then before…..

    by jud on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  16. Davd Murphy’s walk up song is “this is not where I belong”

    by Kevin at the Game on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  17. Peralta’s OBP is much better than Young’s, but as far as big hits are concerned he is much worse. Offensively this is probably going to be the least productive of his career. I’d be dropping him to 9th and moving Infante up in the order.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  18. Great job Max! You battled well tonight and never gave up!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  19. Welcome home AJAX!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  20. First inside the park home run I’ve ever seen in person.

    by Kevin at the game on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  21. About the fifth time I’ve seen Cruz do that.

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  22. Nelson Clownz in RF.

    by Coleman on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  23. Wish I was there! My first baseball game back on 08AUG61 I saw Ed Charles steal home for the Kansas City As to beat the Minn Twins. I was 6 years old!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  24. I never seen anyone steal home since!

    by Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

  25. What great off-season additions Octavio Dotel and Gerald Laird have turned out to be.

    by Coleman on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

  26. Nelson paying us back for destroying us in the ALCS last year…….

    by scott on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

  27. WSox win 4-3 on walkoff HR by Danks.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

  28. Berry needs more bunting practice. A lot more.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

  29. You were looking at their cell phones?

    by Jeff (the other one) on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

  30. Hey Kevin, keep it going down there in Texas!…you did good tonight!

    by jud on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:26 pm

  31. See, it pays off when you let the pitchers bat (yeah, I know). And where is Inge when you need him?

    by Coleman on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

  32. Good win. Six innings from Too-Many-Pitches Scherzer, the bullpen cruised and the bats woke up in the 4th inning. Lamont didn’t hold Jackson at 3rd on the ISP homerun and Leyland didn’t even have to think too hard and will be spared nightmares this evening. AS will we.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

  33. 0 for 4 tonight, but still batting a robust .215.

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  34. Yeah, I know. If this hadn’t been SOP for the last six years, I would have said “unbelievable.”

    by Vince in MN on Aug 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm

  35. Heard Leyland stick up for Miggie as MVP today, referred to the Fish as “wonderboy”… Isn’t that the name of a bat from some old movie?

    by Jim Eggers on Aug 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

  36. The Natural.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/art.....Wonderboy-

    by Kevin in Dallas on Aug 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

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