Thursday, July 12, 2007

Game 87

The Tigers took the series from the Mariners back when they visited in April. But that was back when Seattle was just supposed to be an also ran in the AL West race. Now the M's are looking to prove they belong in the playoff race playing a Tiger team who has 5 players returning from the All-Star game and possesses the Majors best road record. Plus this gives me something to watch as I prepare my mid-season report

Detroit (52-34)
C Granderson CF
M Thames LF
G Sheffield DH
M Ordonez RF
C Guillen SS
I Rodriguez C
S Casey 1B
O Infante 2B
B Inge 3B

Seattle (49-36)
I Suzuki CF
J Vidro DH
R Ibanez LF
J Guillen RF
R Sexson 1B
A Beltre 3B
K Johjima C
Y Betancourt SS
J Lopez 2B

Tigers - Andrew Miller LHP (4-2, 3.31 ERA)
Mariners - Felix Hernandez RHP (5-4, 3.72 ERA)


Tigers 2 Mariners 3

The Tigers lose one in Seattle thanks in part to a strange series of events in the 5th inning. Bruce Froemming's lack of vision, and Carlos Guillen's brain fart by not simply throwing the ball to third allowed the game deciding run to be scored in the 4th. Add Froemming's call, to the hair trigger ejection of Pudge in the 4th, and this was not a banner day for the umpiring crew. The Tigers did get to Seattle's ace, Felix Hernandez, they just weren't able to bring any runs in. Something that should change when facing the rest of Seattle's rotation.

Tiger Hero:
Gary Sheffield. 3 for4 with 2 stolen bases

Tiger Zero:
Tiger Fielding. With 3 errors tonight, they have 8 in the past two games.

Tigers Record:
W - L
52 - 35
1st place AL Central (Cleveland 0.5 GB)

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