Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Game 28 Recap/ Grilli's Gone!

Being month-end and working in the financial field, I was stuck at work until nearly 9 and missed the big pre-game news of Jason Grilli's trade to Colorado. Grilli's no longer "Gone Wild", he's just gone. Yeah Grilli at Coors Field, what could go wrong? Now there's an open roster spot...

Enter The Crucetaean!!!

Francisco Cruceta will finally join the team, after spending months in Visa hell, and a few weeks blowing away minor leaguers in Toledo. Cruceta a few weeks ago, was the magical name that would help a struggling bullpen. Turns out that he'll be joining a pen that has arguable been the most consistent (in a good way) part of the Tigers. Add that to tonight's win, and it appears the Tigers have finally gotten back to living up to the pre-season hype.

As for the game, it appears Jeremy Bonderman needs to have a bad 1st inning to do well. He loaded the bases and gave up 2 runs in the first, then only allowed 3 Yankees to reach base while pitching into the 8th. Placido Polanco and Gary Sheffield continued their return to normalcy. Actually I'll go out on a limb and say if Polly hits 2 HRs in a game, he's healed. Sheff had 2 hits and inched his average closer to the .200 mark. Curtis Granderson came of the bench due to lefty Andy Pettitte starting for the Yankees, but still managed to hit yet another extra base hit, coming in for defensive purposes later in the game. The Tigers picked to right time to get everything going, with big series with the Red Sox and Diamondbacks looming.

Tigers 6 Yankees 2
W: Bonderman (2-2)
L: Pettitte (3-3)

Tigers Record:
W - L
13 - 15
Tied 3rd Place AL Central
2 GB Chicago

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