Thurs: Twins 6, Tigers 5
Fri: Tigers 14, A’s 1
Sat: Tigers 9, A’s 1
19-16, 1st in AL Central (1.0 GU on KC)
(Photo courtesy of Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press)
So amidst all of the excitement of a Red Wings win, a good friend being back in town and me realizing I need to be working out more often, I COMPLETELY neglected our beloved Tigers over the last three days. In fact, it seems like I have been neglecting them alot more than I should be. For that I apologize.
I can tell you that, as the season moves forward, my coverage will become more and more in depth and and might even become worthy of reading (no promises.) For the time being, however, this is what you are stuck with.
Anyways, rather than bore you with three thoughts about each game, I will give you one thought about each of Detroit’s last three games. Make sense? No? Awesome.
- Thursday’s game against the Twins is one of those games that really left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m sure I’m not the only one. After an OUTSTANDING start from Justin Verlander, and with a five run lead in the seventh, Bobby Seay promptly came in and gave up six runs, which would be enough for the Twins to hold on to, as they completed the three game sweep of Detroit. Bad taste aside, I feel bad for Bobby Seay in this one. He’s been pitching well all season and was probably due for a bad game somewhere along the way. It just sucks that it happened on the same day that Verlander set a career high in strikeouts and was pitching out of his mind. Ugh.
- Friday made life all better. Not because the Tigers won. Not because they hit two grand slams in the same game for the first time in franchise history. Rather, life got better because you could tell this was a pissed off team that wanted to get a win. Badly. An offensive explosion was exactly what the doctor ordered, and with the help of the aforementioned grand slams from Ryan Raburn and Brandon Inge, offense was not a problem. Edwin Jackson also turned in another solid performance on the mound, but unlike his other outings, run support was not an issue in the 14-1 win.
- The run scoring fun would continue on Saturday, as “Fake Ryan” Raburn continued his torment of the A’s, slamming a three run shot in the fifth. I’m not really sure what the deal is with Raburn, who came into this series with a clunker of a batting average (.095) but apparently decided that he just needed Oakland to come to town to start hitting the ball. Rick Porcello would also turn in another solid performance on the mound, giving up only one run on three hits with five strikeouts over six innings.
Tiggers go for the sweep of Oaktown today. In like ten minutes.
Probable starters for 5/17:
- Tigers – Armando Galarraga (3-3, 4.61 ERA, 33 SO)
- Athletics – Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.69 ERA, 14 SO)