Game 2015.75: White Sox at Tigers

It seems to be finished raining all over Detroit, so we resume what is now a three-game series against the White Sox, with what should turn out to be a pitcher’s duel type of affair. If Samardzija vs. Price sounds familiar, it’s because they faced each other in Detroit on April 17th. In that one Samardzija went 8, and gave up only 1 run, while striking out 7 (no walks). Price himself only gave up 1 run on 4 hits and struck out nine. Detroit ended up winning that one 2-1, although neither starter got a decision.

Hopefully the rainout didn’t damage the efficacy of the lucky JD Martinez game post picture.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  6. JD Martinez, RF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

The Tiger who has hit Samardzija best, in limited opportunities, is Yoenis Cespedes, who is 4-for-10 with 2 HRs.


  1. Bill

    June 28, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    So price takes himself out of the game without telling ausmus. Amazing!! Assmus has NO control over this team!

    • Coleman

      June 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      That was strange, I’m looking forward to hearing an explanation.

  2. jud

    June 28, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Saturday off Sunday off Monday off…wow a vacation and its not even All Star break…

    This team is impossible to watch! Total disappointment!…81-81 you saw it here first!

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    June 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Huge pick us up from VMart there. Let’s get the W now.

  4. jud

    June 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Three hours of nothing…0-30 when trailing after 7…..McCann one of the two worst hitters!…….ball game!!!….go figure!….but Victor saves the day!

  5. Kaline fan

    June 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Can we start saying “McCann can” again?
    The kid’s 3 HRs were all special.
    Nice comeback win today, thanks to VMart, McCann!
    (And that 8th inn really had Jeff S “talking” to himself in the dugout. Fun for the Tigers, but it just shows the guy’s a real competitor. Oh well —–too bad, Jeff!).

  6. StorminNorman$

    June 28, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    what a brilliant ivy league strategy…lull them to sleep for 7 1/2 innings…then strike

    …a ‘win is a win’ – and right now, this team can use every one it can get

    w/ Avila on rehab assignment, i’m sure glad McCann showed a slice of the offensive promise he displayed early in the season

    • Kaline fan

      June 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      …..ivy league strategy ——Good one, Mr Cash!
      It nearly put ME to sleep; I was really ready to write this one off….

      • jud

        June 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

        Ausmus +1….Ivy League strategy!!!

  7. jud

    June 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Mc Cann had 2 huge hits…we could stand for him to continue on that pace. Especially cause it will take Avila a month to have two big hits!…plus defensively and throwing McCann might be an A grade

  8. jud

    June 29, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    As of this morning 14 MLB teams have 40+ wins. That puts the Tigers about half way. Two teams in the Central have 40+ wins, puts the Tigers half way. All in all this looks like 81-81 to me

    • Kaline fan

      June 29, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Nah, —–83-79. But I hope we’re both wrong, and they somehow pull together before too late, and actually make post-season again (tho at this time, it does seem like quite a dream). Will be real interesting to see how we fare against Twins before break, and then later against KC = either us or them will make a statement when we square off.

  9. StorminNorman$

    June 30, 2015 at 7:50 am

    except for his last outing, PIT’s pitcher (Cole) tonight has been lights out (2.13 ERA, 11-3) – so JV & bullpen will have a small margin of error today

    …and Burnett (tomorrow) has been really good too

    • Kaline fan

      June 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

      This is a tough series. With Cole going tonite, I just hope it’s not another of those where we scare up 2 hits thru 6 inn., with 2 walks, both wiped out by DP. Also I’d love to see JV settle into his groove right out of the gate, and avoid dishing up a couple of bombs early, as he’s often wont to do.
      Ver: We Need You!!
      Wishing Alex has a strong comeback too this weekend. Maybe he’ll get those 2 hits BEFORE a month is up??……….