Monday, April 23, 2007

Game 19

The Tigers' four game mini road trip begins tonight in Anaheim vs. the Angels. The Tigers can exact a measure of revenge against the Weaver family as Jeff's little brother Jered will be taking the mound tonight. This will be Jered's second start of the year after missing time with tendinitis. He pitched well but took the loss against Oakland in his first start. Also, beware of Vlad Guerrero, he is one of three (Joe Mauer and Matt Holliday being the others) with a higher batting average than Placido Polanco. My suggestion to Tiger pitching...walk him every time. It might be tough since he swings at everything, but it could be a good strategy. No Angel hitter has an average above .290, with the majority hovering around the .250 mark.

Detroit (10-8)
C Granderson CF
P Polanco 2B
G Sheffield DH
M Ordonez RF
C Guillen SS
I Rodriguez C
S Casey 1B
C Monroe LF

Los Angeles (9-9)
G Matthews CF
O Cabrera SS
V Guerrero RF
G Anderson LF
R Quinlan 3B
S Hillenbrand DH
C Kotchman 1B
M Napoli C
M Izturis 2B

Tigers - Mike Maroth LHP (2-0, 5.40 ERA)
Angels - Jered Weaver RHP (0-1, 4.50)


Tigers 9 Angels 5

The Tigers attacked early and often, resulting in Jered Weaver's shortest outing of his two year career. He racked up 70 pitches in just 1 2/3rd innings, surrendering 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks. This time the bullpen was up to the task as they didn't allow a hit until Joel Zumaya gave up a Gary Matthews solo HR in the 9th. Jason Grilli , who was credited with the win, came on in the 5th inning with the bases loaded and got out of it unscathed. The only run Grilli gave up was due to a leadoff walk to Izturis, who scored on a Cabrera sac fly. Brandon Inge, despite not getting a hit had a few nice plays to make up for it with his glove, including fielding a bad hop grounder perfectly to get out of that bases loaded jam in the 5th inning. Gary Sheffield showed signs of turning it around with his first multi-hit game of the year.

Tiger Hero:
Curtis Granderson. Hit a leadoff HR to start the game, was a triple away from the cycle, and had a key outfield assist gunning down Vlad Guerrero at third.

Tiger Zero:
Mike Maroth. He was lucky that the Tigers had spotted him 7 runs, still he couldn't get through the fifth inning after throwing 105 pitches. He gave up 7 hits and walked 5 and was lucky to only have surrendered 3.

Tigers Record:
W - L
11 - 8

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