Saturday, May 17, 2008

Game 43 Recap

Just when I think I'm out...They pull me back in

Whew. Another precarious 7th inning for the Tigers pitching, this time they were able to squeak out. Armando Galarraga was perhaps thrown out there one inning too long, as he walked the first two batters he faced. Clay Rapada came in and walked Eric Byrnes to load the bases. A Sac Fly and a single later the D-Backs were a base hit away from breaking it open. Then Aquilino Lopez got Justin Upton to hit a ground ball to Carlos Guillen, who didn't screw up and turned a double play to end the inning. In the 8th inning Pudge helped out with a veteran play, letting a popped up bunt drop with a runner at first. Pudge then proceeded to gun down the lead runner, and Ramon Santiago turned the DP to deflate the surging Diamondbacks.
The offense still has work to do, as Matt Joyce still is the only power source on the Tigers. But they did do something that made them successful in the past, a 2 out rally. Their two runs in the 5th came on a Galarraga walk, a Curtis Granderson single, an error which allowed Matt Joyce to reach base, then Carlos Guillen hit a 2 run single. This is one of the better teams in the majors so a 3-2 win isn't much to get nitpicky about. Especially when it breaks a 5 game losing streak.

Tigers 3 Diamondbacks 2
W: Galarraga (3-1)
L: Scherzer (0-2)
S: Jones (6)

Tigers Record:
W - L
17 - 26

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