Monday, April 21, 2008

Game 20 Recap

Finally the Tigers win a day game. Also they finally get to a pitcher who had been doing well. Their previous wins have been against bullpens and starters that aren't off the the greatest of starts (Jon Lester, Jose Contreras, C.C. Sabathia). A big part of this win was another huge performance from Armando Galarraga. He was less in control than his start in Cleveland, giving up three hits and four walks, but he got the big outs when he needed them. Twice he had the bases loaded, and both times he exited the inning unscathed. His 5.1 scoreless innings combined with a few teammates from earlier this year at Toledo, made the difference in the game today. Aquilino Lopez and Clay Rapada pitched a combined scoreless 1.2 innings in relief. Ryan Raburn drove in all the runs needed with a 2 RBI single in the 2nd. Galarraga is giving this Tiger team a huge shot in the arm, figuratively and literally. Whatever he's doing the rest of the staff should take notice.

Tigers 5 Blue Jays 1
W: Galarraga (2-0)
L: Marcum (2-1)

Game Notes:
  • The solo HR Todd Jones gave up was the first run allowed by the Tiger bullpen in the Toronto series. It was also only the second run and sixth hit Jones has allowed in 7 innings of work this season.
  • The baseball gods must have felt sorry for allowing David Eckstein to homer off the Tigers. The Li'l Scrapper had an error that in part led to the 4 run 2nd inning for the Tigers.
  • So much for Edgar Renteria not being able to adjust to the AL. He is now hitting .300, hitting his 3rd HR of the year. His 13 RBI now tie Miguel Cabrera for the team lead. So when does he get a chance to hit ahead of Jacque Jones for a change?
  • After going 0-4 with 3 K's on Sunday, Pudge turned it around and went 4-5 today, with a RBI and a double.
  • Exact same line-up as Sunday, yet 2 more runs and 3 more hits.
  • Anyone else clamoring for a Clete/Raburn platoon (or any platoon that doesn't feature "Jones" as a member) when Granderson returns this week?
  • At 11-7 Chicago is the only AL Central team above .500.

Tigers Record:
W - L
7 - 13

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