Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Game 21 Recap

4 2 out RBI and 8 extra base hits...that's a little bit more like it. Of course let's not start bleeping each other's bleeps just yet as The Wolf would say. This is what the Tigers are supposed to do to teams like the Rangers. Still offensive fireworks aside, the most encouraging thing of the night was Justin Verlander's incredible, shrinking ERA. Verlander picked up his first win of the season, and shaved a little over a run off his ERA. While it took his over 100 pitches to get through just 6 innings, the hits were scattered and he only walked 2. You know it going to be a good night when Ramon Santiago goes deep. His HR in the 3rd, was the 3rd of the inning and finished off a 5 run inning. Jacque Jones is making it hard to clamor for a Clete/Raburn platoon. He went 2 for 3 with both hits hit to deep centerfield for a triple and a double.

Tigers 10 Rangers 2
W: Verlander (1-3)
L: Padilla (2-2)

Game Notes:
  • Edgar Renteria is just ridiculous. He went 4 for 4 tonight, making bringing his average to .333. He is hitting .430 with 3 HRs and 14 RBI in the past 10 games.
  • Ramon Santiago's last HR was his first since August 1st, 2003. That was before his was traded for the Mariners for Carlos Guillen.
  • With Jacque Jones two hit night, he no longer has a sub .200 average. Leaving Marcus Thames (.172) and Gary Sheffield (.192) as the only Tigers below the .200 mark.
  • Also Thames is the only Tiger not to hit a double.
  • Miguel Cabrera's 2 RBI put him ahead of Renteria for the team lead.
  • Jason Grilli pitched a perfect 9th inning. It was his first complete inning without allowing a baserunner at Comerica since September 6th of last year.
  • Texas is now in sole possession of the worst record in the AL.
Tigers Record:
W - L
8 - 13

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