Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Game 2 Recap

4 Tigers reached base today. F-O-U-R. Well technically only two Tigers reached base, Edgar Renteria (3 singles) and Carlos Guillen (a walk). All the credit goes to Brian Bannister for shutting the Tigers down. Kenny Rogers pitched as well as you could have asked him to, he just got the Nate Robertson treatment with nothing to show for on the offensive side. Hopefully the bats wake up tomorrow to at least stop the sweep.

Tigers 0 Royals 4
W: Bannister (1-0)
L: Rogers (0-1)

Game Notes:
  • Placido Polanco ended the game again with a strikeout in the 9th. He is now 0-10 on the season
  • Also Jacque Jones and Gary Sheffield have yet to record a hit this season.
  • At what point does Marcus Thames come into the picture, regardless of match-up?
  • Rogers had a very good stretch in the 2nd and 3rd, needing only 12 pitches to get 6 outs. Most of the day though Rogers seems to be behind the KC batters. This caught up to him in the 6th were the Royals hit 3 doubles to break the scoreless tie.
  • Edgar Renteria was the only bright spot, notching the only 3 hits for the Tigers.
  • Royals pitching retired 13 straight Tiger hitters from Renteria's single in the 4th until Carlos Guillen drew a walk in the 8th off of Leo Nunez. Bannister was responsible of 12 of those outs.
  • Bannister's key was getting a first pitch strike (whether called or swinging) on almost every Tiger he faced.
  • Zach Miner saw his first action of the season. He pitched a great 7th, getting the side out 1-2-3 on 9 pitches. He ran into trouble in the 8th though. A lead-off double and a walk (ball four being a wild pitch allowing Joey Gathright to 3rd), before setting down to strikeout the next two batters. Billy Butler and Mark Teahen singled to drive in two more, before a baserunning error by Butler finally got the Tigers out of the inning
  • Yorman Bazardo started out shaky with 5 straight balls in the 9th. He recovered partly by Pudge-aided strike 'em out/throw 'em out. Then he induced a comebacker by Tony Pena to end the inning.

Tigers Record
W - L
0 - 2

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