Saturday, April 19, 2008

Game 18 Recap

Most days, the Tigers holding a team to 3 runs would result in a win. This was not one of those days. The Tigers dodged bullets due to Jeremy Bonderman's six walks, forcing the Blue Jays to leave 8 man stranded. But when it came time for the Tigers to get that big hit to put them ahead, the hit did not come. Twice in the final three innings the tying run was only 90 feet away from scoring, yet it did not get in. Once again the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the Tigers offense reared it's head. Some positive things, the bullpen once again did not allow a run, and only allowed 2 hits in 3 innings. Everyone in the AL Central except for Minnesota (who is playing Cleveland) lost today as well. An A.J. Burnett is on the mound tomorrow. He has given up 10 runs on 17 hits in his past two starts.

Tigers 2 Blue Jays 3
W: McGowan (1-1)
L: Bonderman (1-2)
S: Ryan (2)

Game Notes:
  • Edgar Renteria's hit streak was stopped. Carlos Gullien and Miguel Cabrera's did continue.
  • Pudge was 3 for 3 with a sac fly.
  • Tiger batters were only able to induce two walks today.
  • Bonderman did get Blue Jays hitters to ground into 2 double plays, which helped him get out of a bases loaded jam in the 2nd with only one run scoring.
  • Jason Grilli caught a popped up bunt attempt and picked off a runner at third to get himself out of a jam in the 6th.
  • Ryan Raburn made good contact with pitches today. One dropped in for a double. The other was a fly out to the warning track.
  • Carlos Guillen hit his 7th double on the year tying him for 3rd in teh AL. His three hits gave him an average of .379 and an on-base percentage of .471 which also place him 3rd in the AL in both categories.

Tigers Record:
W - L
6 - 12

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