Game 2014: 87 Dodgers at Tigers

It’s always relaxing to watch one of those never-in-doubt games, but it’s even more fun to watch a game that starts out doomed, becomes a game again, and ends a never-in-doubt romp.

I was the last person who thought that there would be any coming back from the 5-run Justin “Don’t Call Me Bonderman” Verlander first inning, especially after struggling to score runs against Tampa Bay, but they got the 5 right back in the 2nd, and Verlander kept them off the board for 5 innings. Yes, the first inning was troublesome, but the recovery was comforting (he only gave up one hit over his last 5 innings). Focus on whichever aspect suits you best.

Everybody seemed to get into the act, except for the enigmatic Austin Jackson. Cabrera, Castellanos, Hunter, and JD Martinez each had 3 hits.

Martinez continues to amaze. He has raised his batting average to a team-leading .331, leap-frogging the resting Victor Martinez, and taken a team OPS lead at 1.017, which would be best in the American League if he had enough at bats to qualify.  He went on a June tear: .345 / 1.069, with 7 home runs and 21 RBI. The hot streak will stop eventually, right? Well you may have to keep on waiting: so far his July is making his June look downright weak: .429 / 1.341 and 3 home runs in only 28 at bats. You almost hate to see the All-Star break interrupt that stuff.

Today the Tigers have the quick afternoon turnaround (which is always more pleasant after a good night game), and a chance to sweep the two-game mini-series. Ausmus is going with the “maybe we can even score with this lineup” route, and resting Miguel Cabrera, in favor of the fierce bat of the Donkey. Hey, it’s only Greinke, right? Kelly is 3-for-8 off of Greinke lifetime.

Then it’s Kansas City here we come, for four.

Don’t miss this pointless bit the Night Shift of the Research Department dug up from TMZ.  DO miss this bit of ex-Tiger news.

Today’s Let’s See How Many THESE Guys Can Score Lineup:

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Kinsler, 2B
  3. Hunter, DH
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Kelly, 1B
  6. Castellanos, 3B
  7. Avila, C
  8. Suarez, SS
  9. Davis, LF


  1. 80HD

    July 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Scherzer facing his future teammates here?

    • Smoking Loon

      July 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      I’m guessing St. Louis Cardinals.

  2. Coleman

    July 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Donkey Time!

  3. Angus

    July 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Donkey on fire.

  4. Vince in MN

    July 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I would have had Casty bunt there, on the theory that we are not going to score much against Greinke. Shows you what I know.

  5. Vince in MN

    July 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    On the other hand, I would have had Avila bunting there on the theory that he strikes out too much. Shows you what I know.

  6. Kevin in Dallas

    July 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Really bad strand there. Jackson has got to put the ball in play. Would have been nice to counter there run with one of our own.

  7. Coleman

    July 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I guess Davis should have stolen home.

  8. Ohio Dude

    July 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Why does Ausmus persist in having Austin Jackson lead off? In my opinion he’s the worst hitter on the team(among regulars). He just ‘feels’ like an automatic out. Frustrating to watch.

    • Vince in MN

      July 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      1. He needs the ABs to get him going.
      2. The only way to get out of a slump is to hit your way out.
      3. etc.

      • Smoking Loon

        July 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm

        Austin’s hot streak must be underway. I don’t think he’s had 2 XBH in the same game all year.

        • Vince in MN

          July 10, 2014 at 4:35 pm

          And Nathan with two consecutive games without giving up a run! They’ve righted the ship. World Series here we come!

  9. Coleman

    July 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Enigmatic, he is.

    • Vince in MN

      July 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Do you mean Jackson, Nathan, Avila, Verlander, Coke, or Kelly?

  10. Vince in MN

    July 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Wow, an intentional walk to Kelly. Can’t be many of those in his MLB career.

  11. Kevin in Dallas

    July 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Hold on everyone.

    • Coleman

      July 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      No sweat.

  12. Vince in MN

    July 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    That was easy. And now on to our quest for best road record in baseball (currently tied with the Dodgers).

  13. jud

    July 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Bonus win on a give away game day….thanks Max..Donkey…AJ….Joba…and even Joe!!!

    • Vince in MN

      July 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Don’t forget defense by Davis and Suarez and Avila’s pitch framing.

  14. Smoking Loon

    July 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Whoa Nelson! Didn’t realize it was a day game today. This will be fun to watch. Suspense is overrated.