(Photo courtesy of Julian H. Gonzalez/DFP)
Well, after the Game 1 tirade, things turned around on the nightcap and the Tigers held on to a 6-5 win with a kung-fu grip. In true Tiger fashion, this one wasn’t in the bag until the last fly ball landed in Raburn’s glove, but a win is a motherf****n win and I don’t care how we get them at this point.
Hat tip to Miggy (solo homer), Maggs (2 RBI), Inge (2 RBI), Grandy (Solo homer, even though he gave the run back on a badly played fly to center) and Fernando (clutch save).
A BIG “We’re not worthy” to Verlander, who ended up pitching eight innings deep to the tune of something like 398,271 pitches.
The only number that matters now is FOUR.
Hunker down, Tigers. Stay hungry.
Tigers 5, Rangers 3
22-16, 1st in AL Central (2.0 GU on KC)
(Photo courtesy of Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press)
- With Magglio Ordonez out to be with his wife (best wishes, Mags!), rookie Wilkin Ramirez got the opportunity to suit up with the big boys tonight. Despite striking out twice, Ramirez came in with a bang. A 433 foot bang. Ramirez launched a monster blast into the center field greenery in the sixth inning, giving Tigers fans a preview of what the future holds. Not to mention that his blast jump started a four run sixth for the boys. Well done young man. Looking forward to many more of those shots.
- Justin Verlander continued his winning ways, despite struggling to get out of the fifth inning. Following four hitless innings, Verlander was rushed onto the mound in the fifth following an inning ending TRIPLE play (yes, TRIPLE play) and it showed. JV wound up tossing 41 pitches in the fifth frame, but was able to escape with one run of damage against him after David Murphy grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning. All-in-all, not a bad outing for JV. Final line goes like this: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO.
- Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn also got back into the HR column tonight, while Fernando Rodney picked up his seventh save in as many tries.
- Bonus thought: Last Tiger to homer in his major league debut? Reggie Sanders in 1974.
- Bonus Bonus thought: Kevin Millwood is on the bump for the Rangers tomorrow. He pitched against the Tigers on April 12, going seven innings and allowing no runs and four hits, while striking out six, but wound up with a “no decision”.
Probable starters for 5/21:
- Tigers – Edwin Jackson (3-2, 2.42 ERA, 41 SO)
- Rangers – Kevin Millwood (4-3, 2.93 ERA, 32 SO)
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)
Tigers 4, Yankees 2
11-8, 1st in AL Central (1.0 GU on KC)
(Photos courtesy of Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press)
- It took awhile, but someone finally tracked down the real Justin Verlander and did away with the imposter that we had seen of late. Verlander went seven scoreless innings, allowing seven hits, but striking out nine en route to his first win of the season.
- Also from the “WB” category, Magglio Ordonez’s bat decided to show up again, as Ordonez popped his second home run in three games. Granted, this one BARELY got over the wall, but nobody said it had to be pretty. On the flip side, Ryan Raburn still looks like a wreck in left field, badly misplaying a ball last night and just generally looking confused. he also went 0-3, bringing his batting average to a whopping .000 on the year. Yet for some reason Jeff Larish got sent down yesterday to clear room for Clay Rapada. Go figure.
- I love pictures like the one below. Why? We are 19 games into the season, yet I look at Bobby Seay after he struck out Matsui last night, and I get pumped. It’s great to see intensity this early in the season. Let’s keep it up.
Probable starters for 4/28:
- Tigers – Edwin Jackson (1-1, 2.77 ERA, 17 SO)
- Yankees – Phil Hughes (0-0, –.—ERA, 0 SO)