Game 2014.141: Giants at Tigers

77-63, 1 game behind KC. 2.5 games behind WC#1, .5 games ahead of Sea for WC#2.

The Tigers return home for a three game set against the Giants before the giant series vs. KC on Monday. The Tigers ended the Cleveland series in dramatic fashion, putting up 7 in the top of the 11th, to blow out the Indians 11-4, and more importantly, to take 3/4 in Cleveland. For a minute there, it looked as if the series would be an absolute disaster, having led 4-0 early in the game with the reigning Cy Young winner on the mound, and then looking like another Cle late inning come from behind victory. A split after winning the first two would have been devastating.

But then Miguel Cabrera led off the 10th with a double, and Ausmus wisely inserted Oh-E-genio Suarez, forecasting that we would need his bat in the 11th. I’ll admit, then when Dan D announced that Suarez was pinch running for Cabrera, my immediate reaction was to run to my computer to hammer out an angry DTW comment, predicting that Cabrera’s spot would come up again in a key situation in the ensuing innings. Am I right here? Doesn’t it seem like we are 0 for 100 in our last “late inning faster runner guys” replacement attempts? Only to see those guys bumbling around defensively, or worse, failing at the plate when Cabrera or MVP Mart would have been preferred?

But Suarez lined a single to left, then VMart ripped a HR to right, and then some other stuff even happened after that.

So the Tigers ended an 18 game stretch in 17 games, 15 of those on the road, with an 11-7 record. That’s what a playoff team does.

Pitching Matchups for this weekend:

Peavy v Porcello

Bumgarner v Price

Hudson v Lobstein

I gotta admit, I get sweaty palms thinking about Panda Bear and Sergio Romo. Holy cow did we get dominated in that WS.

Baseball Reference Game Preview Here.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Torii Hunter, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
4. Victor Martinez, 1B
5. J.D. Martinez, LF
6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
7. Bryan Holaday, C
8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
9. Rajai Davis, CF

 

75 Comments

  1. jud

    September 5, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Lets see the Tiger pitchers have picked off two guys this year but have made about 15 errors trying….anyone coaching these guys?

  2. jud

    September 5, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    You can put this one in the win column because Assmus says Avila is available to PH tonight…that should just about do it!

  3. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I may be slipping on my game posts, but I can still do a pretty good rain dance.

  4. PHToy in HK

    September 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Any chance for a rainout/do over?

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Oh my. How did this happen? Just tuned in, thought the delay had been from the beginning at first.

  5. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    In addition to other problems, we need to face the reality that Cabrera is a big liability at first now. Got to get him back to DH.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Yes, probably. Unfortunately, Martinez doesn’t instill a lot of confidence, either. Ausmus recently commented that “we have plenty of guys who can play 1B.” No “well” at the end, truthfully enough.

    • jud

      September 5, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      He didn’t move 6 inches to try and catch that pick off throw

      • Smoking Loon

        September 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        More of a Cabrera error? Haven’t seen that part yet. (mlb.tv can get pretty funky when you’re trying to jump around innings.)

      • Coleman

        September 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

        They should just skip the pickoff throws, that’s about the 3rd that just sailed right on by, in addition to the wild ones, vs how many guys they have picked off/prevented from running…seems like we’re coming out behind. Better to just hold the ball forever like Max.

        • Smoking Loon

          September 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

          Not a big fan of Scherzer’s endless holds and lobs, but maybe I can’t argue with the effectiveness. Hardy has a brilliant move.

  6. StorminNorman$

    September 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Coleman or Loon – anyway you can ‘edit’ the beginning of the game 🙂

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      What, the rain dance isn’t good enough for you?

      • Smoking Loon

        September 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

        How about an edit dance? I was looking forward to a good game.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      I wish! Just looked back (mlb.tv) on the game so far. I like to joke about the NL, but it’s Detroit that looks minor league tonight. This really smarts against the GIANTS. Even a pitching error thrown in to help reinforce bad WS memories…

      I think there are only 8 Tigers active remaining from the team that faced the Giants in 2012.

      No edit button for me again tonight.

      Let it rain let it rain let it rain. Do over, like PHToy said.

  7. Smoking Loon

    September 5, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    What a crushing season for Rangers fans. Now Washington resigns. Just imagine all that stuff happening to the Tigers. Could happen to any team. Wow. We’re whining about being a game out of first. Rejoice, we’re in the race. The weather might even be on our side for a change.

  8. jud

    September 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Hi-ya-hi-ya..drum drum drum..hiya hiya drum drum drum!!!

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Day-night makeup doubleheader? Would Porcello start again? Probably not, eh, after all the pithes he’s made already and getting struck on the foot?

  9. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Uh oh, Heather Nabozny down! (groundskeeper crew chief)…tarp accident.

  10. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Rain stopped…then started back up. Good job, dancers!

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      I still question the dancers’ timeliness. This one should have been washed out from the beginning. I say this with the benefit of hindsight, but aren’t the dancers supposed to be attuned to these things in advance?

      • Coleman

        September 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        Yes, but then we heard Avila was available for pinch-hitting, and we got cold feet.

        • Smoking Loon

          September 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm

          Avila available to pinch hit. Does this sentence qualify as a non sequitur or as an oxymoron? I can’t seem to make any sense of it. My closest translation comes out as “Ron Illitch available as designated driver.”

  11. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Shields with a 2-hit shutout going into the 9th in New York.

    • StorminNorman$

      September 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      what a novel concept…a team’s top pitcher comes up big when they really need him to come up big

      KC has been taking care of biz and beating the bad/mediocre teams, and tonight they TCB against another (so-called) contender…

  12. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Royals win 1-0.

  13. jud

    September 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Do the Royals ever lose…or give up more than 2 runs?

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      They do when they play the Tigers. And Indians. That’s the good news.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

        Tigers are 4-1 vs. KC in the one-run games. Detroit has taken 3 of 4 low-scoring (2-1) affairs. It’s been almost two months since they faced each other, but I don’t know if that much has changed. It’s probably a good thing that 6 of the final 19 are against the Royals.

  14. tbran

    September 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    any word on the game — still waiting or was it called?

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Rain stopped, tarp coming off. Jud must have stopped dancing.

      • tbran

        September 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm

        the weather radar map shows heavy weather coming again around 11 pm. My guess is that they are looking to get 5 innings in so they can declare this gem a complete game yet tonight. That will allow them to play just one tomorrow.

        • Coleman

          September 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm

          Time for the batters to go all Mike Hargrove.

          • Smoking Loon

            September 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm

            Time for the pitchers to go all Joaquin Benoit. SN$ sez rain at 11!

  15. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Game is scheduled to resume at 10:50.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Dance, Jud!

  16. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Hey, look, it’s Panik in Detroit.

    • tbran

      September 5, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      More like Motor City Break Down

      • Coleman

        September 5, 2014 at 11:13 pm

        Comment of the Night contender.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Hasn’t be been with us for a while?

  17. Smoking Loon

    September 5, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    A runner on 3B seems to decrease the likelihood of Detroit scoring. They should probably avoid the situation with an ICS.

  18. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    We’re doing this all wrong…if we aren’t going to score, we should be letting them bat around the order.

  19. Smoking Loon

    September 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Kung Fu Castellanos action there.

  20. Smoking Loon

    September 5, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Ha ha! SF clown show.

  21. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Castellanos should have stopped at 2nd, now he’ll never score.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      He only scored because he wasn’t *supposed* to be at 3B. SF tactic backfires. Blanco sacrificed his streak for nothing.

  22. Smoking Loon

    September 5, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Country Strong update: Rod Allen continues to deny access to Jim Thome.

  23. tbran

    September 5, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Buck Farmer?? Has Ausmus raised the human white flag in the top of the 6th?

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Strikes out Posey, but… there you go.

  24. Smoking Loon

    September 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Every out by a Tigers reliever means free curly fries now.

  25. Smoking Loon

    September 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Looks like they’re playing in Cleveland still. No, I take that back. There are probably still more people at Comerica.

  26. Coleman

    September 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    If this were a better game, I’d totally have something to say about Buck Farmer vs Hunter Pence.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 5, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Mortal enemies, at least if John Doe is to be believed.

      We need a Fisher here. Hey, look. Maybe J.D. Martinez counts.

      • Coleman

        September 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

        I thought he was a lawyer?

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      Then there was Mark Lemongello, who pitched like, well, Lemon Jell-O

      • Smoking Loon

        September 6, 2014 at 12:05 am

        Mid-70’s Tigers, right? That’s the kind of name you don’t forget.

        • Smoking Loon

          September 6, 2014 at 12:08 am

          Drafted by (1973) but never played for. That’s how into baseball I was in those days. 41 years later I remember the name and could have told you he was a pitcher. Weird.

          • Smoking Loon

            September 6, 2014 at 12:21 am

            Sorry, not drafted but signed by Detroit as an amateur free agent. There’s some kind of story there I *don’t* recall. Must be the reason I remember the name.

  27. Smoking Loon

    September 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Shannon Hogan is leaving. OK, all radio from here on out.

    • Coleman

      September 5, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      She always sounds like she’s losing her voice, in a not-unappealing way. I guess at this point she’s given up looking for it.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 6, 2014 at 12:02 am

        Good observation. Yes, part of her appeal, now that you mention it. Not sure why. I used to find her annoying. I blamed the long grind of the season for wearing me down to the point where I found her impossibly cute.

        All that aside, she did add some energy and enthusiasm to the broadcast. She’s going to cover the Islanders in New York. Hockey? Huh.

  28. Smoking Loon

    September 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Watching the Giants hitters now, it’s hard to believe what happened to Porcello. Isn’t it?

  29. Coleman

    September 6, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I don’t get why they haven’t emptied the bench, let’s see the Mud Hens!

    • Smoking Loon

      September 6, 2014 at 12:27 am

      Got your wish.

  30. jud

    September 6, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Peavy 3-13 everyone beats him…oh excuse me we got our requirred 2…..

  31. tbran

    September 6, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Agreed. At this point Smarty and DD should let a few fans suit up and play. what difference would it make? They might discover one who can actually run into one.

  32. jud

    September 6, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Tigers go to the West coast and can barely function….San Fran comes here and the Tigers can barely function!!!

  33. Smoking Loon

    September 6, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Pretty lame effort at 5-4-3 there by the Tigers. Set up well by No Gun Nick.

  34. Smoking Loon

    September 6, 2014 at 12:24 am

    This game is a microcosm of the Texas Rangers’ season.

    • Coleman

      September 6, 2014 at 12:29 am

      I am going to stop watching this game to deal with some personal issues.

      • Smoking Loon

        September 6, 2014 at 12:34 am

        I am going to continue to watch this game in order to avoid some personal issues.

  35. jud

    September 6, 2014 at 12:34 am

    With a 3 game lead now in the loss column KC will very easily go 12-10….means the Tigers need a near impossible 16-6 ( I say near impossible based on the past 3 1/2 months of win lose win lose win lose lose…..)

    • Smoking Loon

      September 6, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Don’t forget the Royals’ phantom loss. They’re fooling no one.