Game 2012.157: Tigers at Twins

Detroit Tigers, 84-72, 1st place, 2 up, magic number 5.

Well, that’s fun, after all this–that magic number thing.

After a disappointing “outing” by Rick Porcello on Wednesday (in which he got Not Enough Outs), Doug Fister came through in a big way, with Way Too Many Strikeouts, to the tune of an American League record 9 strikeouts in a row. Or, to look at it another way, going through the whole order in strikeout mode.

In fact, it was even better than that. In the 9 strikeouts recorded, Fister threw a sum total of 9 balls, or 1 per batter, if you will.

As much as the Tigers didn’t look like a playoff team yesterday (it’s not often you get spotted 5 errors, thank you very much Mr. Moustakas…and the failed Santiago pinch-bunt had a second-tier aroma about it), Fister looked like a playoff pitcher, and the ESPN folk agree.

Just for fun, here is a breakdown of his record-setting 9 consecutive strikeouts:

    • Salvador Perez looking on 1-2, 91-mph fastball.
    • Mike Moustakas swinging on 3-2 changeup.
    • Jeff Francoeur swinging on 1-2 slider.
    • Brayan Pena looking on 1-2, 89-mph fastball.
    • Johnny Giavotella looking on 0-2, 89-mph fastball.
    • David Lough looking on 2-2, 88-mph fastball.
    • Alcides Escobar swinging on 0-2, 89-mph fastball.
    • Alex Gordon looking on 0-2, 89-mph fastball up in the zone.
    • Billy Butler swinging on 1-2, 91-mph fastball.

The Tiger offense was sparked, surprisingly enough, by Quintin Berry, and by a hustling infield double by Prince Fielder. And let us all pause to soak that one in, because that will only happen so many times in your lifetime. Miguel Cabrera, on the other hand, was ominously silent. The Triple Crown hoopla may be getting to him.  

Meanwhile, the Rays took care of the plummeting White Sox, thanks in part to ol’ crooked hat, Fernando Rodney,  who still wears his hat askew, but has straightened out his command.

The Tigers are on the road tonight in a bit of a do-over series with the Minnesota Twins: The Tigers get another shot at Scott Diamond tonight and the Pajama Man tomorrow, after struggling against them last week.

A pumped Drew Smyly starts for the Tigers, and could turn out to be a key piece in a Tiger playoff run, with Max Scherzer still sorting out shoulder problems.

Stat of the Day: Gene Lamont leads the AL in sending plodding sluggers home from 3rd ill-advisedly by a margin of 64% over the next worse 3rd base coach.

Today’s Player of the Pre-game:  Omar Infante. It was good to see Omar excel in the field yesterday. It’s a thing called RANGE.

Today’s Avilaird Lineup:

  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Omar Infante 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
  4. Prince Fielder 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Groundout to Short  SS
  7. Andy Dirks LF
  8. Avisail Garcia RF
  9. Gerald Laird C

25 Comments

  1. mcbr

    September 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    9 up 9 down. Ugh

  2. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Looks like we have a Diamond replay?

  3. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Well according to the last game, the Tigers should hit Diamond the second time around.

  4. Coleman

    September 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    So much for the do-over

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      September 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Great the Twins won’t get 5 runs in the 6th!

  5. Coleman

    September 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Homer Bailey has a bit of a Christian Bale look. Oh, and he just threw a no-hitter.

  6. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Gene Lamont birds, start your engines!

    • Coleman

      September 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      I think he has cost us more runs than Leyland this season, would rather see him as manager than 3rd base coach.

  7. Coleman

    September 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Cy Diamond, sigh.

  8. mcb

    September 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Nice job by leland leaving coke in there

  9. Coleman

    September 28, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Prince “Fielder” + Fail Coke = %&*#!

  10. Joe

    September 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Someone tell me why leyland lets coke sprint to the mound. Anyone with any sense can see he is in terrible shape! Why not get him a golf cart with 1 of those tiger helmets on it.

    • jud

      September 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      same reason he lets ValVerde look at second with a runner on first….Mumbles number one priority is never ever ever hurt some ones feelings

  11. jud

    September 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    postgame:
    Leyland…”I thought Coke pitched really well, he got us a big out in the 6th inning
    Coke:…”I thought I pitched really well. I felt good out there!”

    right hand hitters hitting OVER .400 now against him
    Leyland ” thats baseball”

    • Coleman

      September 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      He’s actually just saving the bullpen, since the offense is in wait-for-5-errors mode against Cy Diamond.

  12. Joe

    September 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Omar!!

  13. PHToy in HK

    September 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Here we go!

  14. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Omar, your magnificant 2nd baseman!!!

  15. jud

    September 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    OMAR!!!!!!!! yes

  16. Coleman

    September 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    POPG comes through for a change! And chases Cy Diamond.

  17. Joe

    September 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Finally leyland let infante pull the ball!

  18. mcb

    September 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    The bullpen was totally mismanaged today.

  19. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    September 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Four runs on four hits!

  20. jud

    September 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Oh! Was this a road game….I hardly noticed!

  21. Doug of trou

    September 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I guess if your pitcher can’t find the plate, you leave him in there and then say “that’s baseball.”