Saturday, June 28, 2008

Game 80 Recap

80 games down and they're back where they started. Granted it didn't look that way after the Todd Jones Experience dropped trou and pooped all over the lead given to him. But Miguel Cabrera was not having any of that, and ripped a shot to the right-center wall to give the game back for the Tigers. The Tigers were 12 games below .500 22 days ago. Now they are back in the hunt. They just need to show they can play like this against teams in their own division.

Justin Verlander threw a lot a pitches yet again (118 to be exact), but was solid enough to leave the game in line for the win. Zach Miner had trouble early, but recovered to hand the ball to Fernando Rodney. Fernando took another big step, striking out his first batter, and then getting a groundout. He walked the next batter, but got the final out of the 8th on his next pitch. Then Todd Jones blew his first save of the year. Jones has games now and then where he just can't hit his spots and his aim is off. And if that's the case. 4 run 9th innings happen. The only good thing about this is that usually Jones will follow up an outing like this with a quick save.

Oh, yeah Ryan Raburn hit a Grand Slam. The Scrub came in after Magglio left the game with an lat/oblique strain. His next at-bat he had a good sac bunt, that resulted ina run scored when the pitcher threw the ball away. Next time up, the grand slam. His walk in the 9th ended up being huge as he was the winning run on Miguel Cabrera's double. Raburn makes his case for more playing time, throwing his hat into the ring with Marcus Thames, and Clete Thomas. It's nice to see the Tigers bench contribute and that there aren't any Perezes in sight.

So day game tomorrow, expect the Sunday line-up to be in full effect. Especially with Maggs leaving the game. But a win puts the Tigers over .500 for the first time all season. Weird.

Tigers 7 Rockies 6
W: Dolsi (1-2)
L: Fuentes (1-3)

Tigers Record:
W - L
40 - 40
3rd Place AL Central (5 GB Chicago)

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