Game 2014.119: Pirates at Tigers

DET at PIT

It was a heartwarming scene as young Buck Farmer, almost fresh from A ball, took the mound last night with friends and family cheering him on. Buck did a reasonable job, keeping the Tigers in the game through 5 innings.

After the game Farmer was optioned to Toledo, and RHP Melvin Mercedes was recalled. You’ll remember that Buck was brought up from AA Erie, so the demotion to Toledo was really a promotion. It also led to a Jason Beck headline–Farmer Swapped For Mercedes–that sounds like the title of a missing episode of Green Acres.

A less heartwarming scene occurred after the game, as closer Joe Nathan got a double-play ball to get out of a jam and close the game. Nathan, apparently upset about fans jeering him when he began the inning with back-to-back walks, “flicked off” the fans not once but twice. The following link contains NSFTFWATJN video (Not Safe For Tiger Fans Who Are Tired of Joe Nathan.)

**Update**  Joe Nathan has apologized: “Both sides were frustrated,” he said. “I have 2 kids. I need to be a better example than that.”

Today’s One-Game-Winning-Streak Lineup:

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

33 Comments

  1. Vince

    August 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I hate it when the offense spends their weekly allowance of runs in one game (last night).

  2. TIGERS RULE

    August 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    NEWS FLASH : Missing bat alert in the Downtown Detroit vicinity!!

    • Coleman

      August 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      JD found one!

  3. Coleman

    August 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Tigers might as well patent bad baserunning.

    • Vince

      August 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      And another 3-2 called 3rd strike for Alekks. At least half of his Ks must be called.

  4. Vince

    August 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    The Tigers have scored 3 runs or less in 33 of their last 79 games (post 27-12 start). 2 or less 25 times. 2 runs a game seems to be the popular output, at 13 times.

  5. TIGERS RULE

    August 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    The Statue is over-matched against good left-handers as evidenced vs Liriano in today’s game. Why does Assmus have him in today’s starting line-up?

    • Vince

      August 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Pitch framing.

  6. TIGERS RULE

    August 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Mad Max is dealing big-time today!

  7. 80HD

    August 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Looks like Max has just decided to win the game on his own. I hope he’s in the mood to throw 125 pitches or so.

  8. Coleman

    August 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Silver platter for Miguel here.

    • Coleman

      August 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      And he dropped it.

  9. Angus

    August 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Shows who the more feared batter is right now in walking Victor.

    • Vince

      August 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Miggy doesn’t scare anybody anymore. Pretty soon they will be walking Kinsler to pitch to him.

  10. Coleman

    August 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you for not swinging JD

  11. Vince

    August 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Castellanos might become a good hitter if he learns not to swing at pitches in the dirt.

  12. TIGERS RULE

    August 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Very poor AB by Casty!

    • Coleman

      August 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Even worse by Torii.

  13. jud

    August 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Guys like Lariano shut down the Tigers because they do not throw very many strikes. But of course the Tigers will have none of that take pitches business..We will show him!!!

  14. TIGERS RULE

    August 14, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Will Max be back out for the 8th?

    • T Smith

      August 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      If the Tigers want to win he sure as hell better be out there in the 8th.

      My two cents.

      • Coleman

        August 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

        I guess they want to win!

  15. TIGERS RULE

    August 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Even at Mad Max’s pitch count ….. I would much rather see him in the 9th than Nathan!

  16. Vince

    August 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    That’s Miggy’s 6th XBH since the AS game (3 doubles, 3 homers, 11 BI).

  17. Vince

    August 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Hunter could be a good hitter if he didn’t swing at so many pitches out of the strike zone.

  18. Vince

    August 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Um, Kelly? Is Carrera contused or something?

  19. TIGERS RULE

    August 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Alright Casty ….. way to make up for the previous AB!!

  20. Angus

    August 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Giving Nathan the day off. I guess rum and Coke it is.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      August 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      With apologies to the Andrews Sisters:

      If you ever go down Comerica
      They make you feel so very glad
      Tigers pitch and Tigers hit
      Guarantee you one real good fine time

      Pitchin’ rum and Coca-Cola
      Go down to and sit in Kaline’s Corner
      Both hitter and pitcher
      Workin’ for the Tiger dollar

  21. TIGERS RULE

    August 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Oh no ……..

  22. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    For those who don’t like Coke: http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....-baseball/

  23. Angus

    August 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    We won two in a row!!!!

  24. jud

    August 14, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    This was a good win. Even though the Tigers stated they would change their approach, and the most vocal was Hunter and in the past two days he has swung at everything NOT in the strike zone. Today Lariano must have thrown 25 pitches(15 bounced) the the Tigers went after anyway. So much for a new approach.With all that going on managing 6 hits and more than the usual 2 runs remains big!.

    ..Lets keep winning and we don’t care how

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