Detroit Tigers: 42-33, 1st Place (3.5 ahead of Cleveland).
Well, that did not go well (including those ground ball things we were looking at). What is it with the Angels anyway? Jason Beck looks at the disaster that was Game 75 in a bit appropriately titled “Breaking Down the Tigers’ Breakdown.” The most distressing thing about the game last night for me is that Porcello has joined the Troubled Starters brigade, following rough outings by Verlander and Fister, and the injured Sanchez. Max is holding it all together right now. Perhaps New Guy Jose Alvarez will right the ship tonight.
Perhaps we should change the subject. How are those Mud Hens doing? What? they lost 16-3 last night? Oh.
OK, how about this. The Tigers may have given up 16 hits last night, but in a game back in 1977, Boston pitcher Reggie Cleveland gave up 18 hits to Detroit. And won, 12-5. And pitched a complete game. Check out his line in the link above: 18 hits with no walks, and only 5 runs (also pitching for Detroit that day: Steve Grilli, father of Jason). This courtesy of John Lowe.
I’m guessing this might be the last 18-hit complete game victory in our lifetimes.
So, where were we…I think there was a game or something last night. At any rate, there is one tonight, and the Tigers are still in first.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Torii Hunter. He was 3-for-4 in that debacle last night, and should have had an assist at the plate. Something tells me he doesn’t particularly like how his former team has been dominating against Detroit.