Friday, April 18, 2008

Game 17 Recap

After a slight misstep in Cleveland, the Tigers were back on track tonight in Toronto. Facing a pitcher making his MLB debut, the Tiger bats were patient and racked up 7 free passes of the rookie David Purcey. All those walks were for not as the Tigers could only manage one run off the rookie, a Miguel Cabrera sac fly in the first. Kenny Rogers pitched well to earn the win tonight. He had one bad inning in which 3 runs came to score, but he only allowed three hits in 6.2 innings. If not for a rare bad decision to throw to third with runners on 1st and 2nd instead of going for the double play, he might of only surrendered one run. But the runs were given up, and the Tigers did what they seem to do best this year, kill middle relief. Every Jay reliever gave up at least one run, and most of the damage came in a 4 run 7th. The Tigers pen was solid to secure the win for Rogers. They did walk 3, but did not allow one hit. It looks like Lopez-Bautista-Jones could be the key to a successful bullpen, with some Rapada-Seay LOOGY action sprinkled in.

Tigers 8 Blue Jays 4
W: Rogers (1-3)
L: Accardo (0-3)

Game Notes:
  • Edgar Renteria extended his hitting streak to 8 games with 2 hits tonight. It was also his 5 multi-hit game.
  • Also extending a hit streak was birthday boy Miguel Cabrera, bring his to 6. He also has had an RBI in each of those games. Enough with the fat jokes, as he swiped a base tonight.
  • The Tigers notched 8 extra-base hits tonight. Marcus Thames had a RBI single as did Edgar Renteria, who also had a 2 run HR. The rest of the Tigers hits were double. Yay Astroturf!
  • Cabrera's stolen base was the Tigers 10th of the year putting them 15th in the majors. However the join the San Diego Padres (4 SB) as the only teams not to be caught.
  • Since sweeping the Red Sox in their season opening series, the Blue Jays have not won a game at the Rogers Center.
  • After filling in for injured B.J. Ryan as Toronto's closer last year (and notching 30 saves in the process) Jeremy Accardo has surrendered 8 earned runs on 11 hits in 7 innings pitched this year.
  • While going hitless, Placido Polanco did draw 3 walks tonight.

Tigers Record:
W - L
6 - 11

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