Game 2015.119: Tigers at Cubs

I didn’t think I’d get to watch the Tigers last night, but thanks to a 2-hour plus rain delay I got to see most of the game, and I saw a little of everything. The lowlight of the game for me was Iglesias–again–being thrown out at the plate. The Tigers still lead baseball in runners thrown out at the plate, and it looks like they won’t be caught. Meaning they will be caught. You know what I mean.

This time was a particular head-scratcher, because holding Iglesias on 3rd would have meant bases loaded for Miguel Cabrera.

The highlight had to be the 8th inning, which began with a Gose bunt single (hey, how’d they think of that?) and then a surprise bunt single by Mr. October, Ian Kinsler, who was a mere 5-for-5 last night. It turned into a 3-run inning, and it turned out they needed all 3, especially after the weirdlight of the night, when a runner on 3rd was awarded home after a ball became briefly caught under McCann’s mask. Can’t say that I’ve seen that before.

Mr. Kinsler now sports these ridiculous 2nd half numbers: .387 BA, .412 OBP, 1.009 OPS. And that’s not exactly a small sample size, that’s 131 plate appearances. If the Tigers were in a pennant race, he’d be the talk of baseball.

The Tigers burned through a lot of bullpen last night, so they’ve finally sent Jefry Marte back down and called up RHP Drew VerHagen. See you in a couple of weeks, Jefry.

Today’s Let’s Score Another 10 Lineup:

  1. Raji Davis, LF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Victor Martinez, DH
  8. Anthony Gose, CF
  9. Van Norrison, P

49 Comments

  1. Coleman

    August 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I should have added that both teams will be wearing 1945 throwback uniforms, to celebrate the last time the Cubs were in a series.

  2. Coleman

    August 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Kinsler is plain out of control right now.

  3. Coleman

    August 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Babe Norris! Horrible base running by McCann before that. Maybe Iglesius will chew him out in the dugout.

    • jud

      August 20, 2015 at 2:14 am

      The Tigers excecute a sac bunt so rarely McCann forgot you have to run hard..he almost stopped 3 feet from the bag at second..easy out…WTH?? that was so bad!!!!!

      • Coleman

        August 20, 2015 at 3:09 am

        The best part of that actually was the one of the announcers questioning why you would sac bunt with the pitcher on deck…then the Van Man jacks one to dead center.

      • Kaline fan

        August 20, 2015 at 3:11 am

        I tuned in late and missed it ——kinda glad.

  4. jud

    August 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I have said this all along, on days Avila plays the Tiger pitchers should be in the batting order instead of Alex !..now were finding out that it would have worked!!!

  5. tbran

    August 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Norris is more impressive with a bat than Avila (sorry Norris, i realize that’s faint praise).

  6. jud

    August 19, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Just keep scoring,,..4 more and this will be “penproof”..

  7. Kaline fan

    August 19, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    It’s highly likely, Coleman, that your lineup “wish” will become reality.

  8. Kaline fan

    August 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Look at Gorzy’s numbers, and we can only scratch our heads = Why is he pitching at all?
    This one might be tied up soon….

  9. Tony de Florida

    August 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    SHH! GENIUS AT WORK! 2 WALKS AND HE IS STILL IN THERE!

  10. Kaline fan

    August 19, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Gorzelanny = something like 2 more K’s than BB’s. Bad ratio.
    Everyone ready for the GS now?

  11. tbran

    August 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Bringing in Al Al may the right move but if Ausmess thought of it, there’s probably no better than a 20% chance it’ll be a good move. Hope I’m wrong.

  12. Kaline fan

    August 19, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Does Al Al know what to do with the sacks jammed?
    (Did I hear someone say, “Yeah, sure —–clear ’em!”?)

  13. Kaline fan

    August 19, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    AlBQ: Puttin’ out the fire with water this time —-Yay!

  14. Tony de Florida

    August 19, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    WONDERFULL WORK BY AL! PUT UNDER MORE PRESSURE THAN HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN BY 2 WALKS.

    PS HOPE VAN MAN IS OK, MAYBE HE CAN PINCH HIT!

    RAJAI FINNALLY SWINGS AT A STRIKE.

    dOUBLE CURLEY FRIES TOMMORROW?

  15. jud

    August 19, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Bringing in Gorzo takes a page out of Kaline Fans book idea of “what to do when you have no clue what to do”!!!!!!

    • Kaline fan

      August 19, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      (Laughing, but sadly, it rings true…)
      But funnier (or sadder) than that is Brad’s recent comment that he likes managing in NL stadiums because “there’s more thinking involved”.
      My Q = Who —-who does the extra thinking, Brad?

      • Kaline fan

        August 19, 2015 at 10:41 pm

        Another sac BUNT!!
        Jud, I’m ecstatic!

  16. jud

    August 19, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    AlAl momentarily saves the day!…thanks!

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  18. Coleman

    August 19, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Van Man acting like he had an oblique strain, I hope not.

  19. Kaline fan

    August 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    And there’s your 10-spot, Coleman!
    My guess: Cubs get at least 8 again too.

    • Coleman

      August 19, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      I got my 10, I’m good.

  20. Tony de Florida

    August 19, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    HEY, NO MATTER WHAT, THIS IS A FUN GAME TO WATCH!

    • Coleman

      August 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      So was yesterday, if not for the rain delay,

    • Kaline fan

      August 19, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Ditto, Tony. Nick’s 2 HRs and Norris’ 1 was enough to make it for me!

  21. PHToy in HK

    August 19, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I love it when a reliever can come in, give up a homer to the first batter he faces, muddle through the rest of the inning, and still manage to lower his ERA by 25%.

  22. tbran

    August 19, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Why take Nick out now?

    • Coleman

      August 19, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Nick having his best game of the year too.

  23. jud

    August 19, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    4 more again this might be “penproof”

  24. Coleman

    August 19, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Kinsler booting two balls in one game? I guess you can only have one superpower at a time.

  25. jud

    August 19, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Ya think Ausmus is STARTING to coach to save his job…or are the players?????

  26. jud

    August 19, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    This is getting crazy!….but we are digging it!!!!

  27. Coleman

    August 19, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Illitch has a lot of money, right? How much would it cost to buy Wrigley field and play half of our home games there? Because we sure hit here.

  28. jud

    August 19, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    This is like Christmas in August….even Victor is getting hits!…lets try Avila…no I don’t really mean that!

  29. PHToy in HK

    August 19, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Why Boyd? Something wrong with Feliz?

    • Coleman

      August 19, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      You got your wish.

  30. Coleman

    August 19, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    It’s Scoreapalooza.

  31. Coleman

    August 19, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Couldn’t we just play the Cubs every day?

  32. jud

    August 20, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Ok heres the sad part and I do mean sad…first two game win streak of the entire second half!!!!

  33. Coleman

    August 20, 2015 at 12:32 am

    It looks like the team finally has a solid plan. Pitchers hold the other team to 8 or less, offense scores 10 or more.

  34. jud

    August 20, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Tigs can actually move into a wild card spot with sweep this weekend….if yoy can do it with a pencil you can do it on the field!

  35. jud

    August 20, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Maybe Ausmus will learn from the past two days, its not always about matchups. Sometimes you have to trust you pen guys to get you threw an inning. Then again….I doubt if he will learn that, he already knows everything!!!

    • Jim EggersUSMC

      August 20, 2015 at 2:05 am

      Maybe he will learn, but it’s very tough to learn anything when you already think you know it all. And what you don’t know, Lamont et al. think they know it.

      • jud

        August 20, 2015 at 2:18 am

        Exactly!

  36. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    August 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    During last night’s game I was thinking about Dombrowski going to the Red Sox. Hmmm…..Little Ricky Porcello and Big Dave are again united. I wonder how D will handle Little Ricky and his $20M per annum contract as he turns the Red Sox back into a lean machine? Perhaps D will talk the Tigers in to taking Little Ricky back? For that matter, I wonder if the Red Sox and Tiger relationship will ever allow for any trades?