A lot of blame for last night's loss will go to Brandon Lyon (as it rightfully should), but Jim Leyland's decisions in the 9th severely hurt the Tigers chance of winning. It's a shame because Curtis Granderson and Carlos Guillen starting to break out should get some attention.
I'm sure what I'm about to say has been repeated all day throughout Tigerblogdom, but here's my take:
There are 2 issues I have with last night's 9th inning. First I do not understand trying to bunt. Brian Fuentes is no K-Rod. A save is not the surest of thing when he is on the mound. Why give him one less out to get? Second, why Adam Everett? Sending out a guy who hasn't had an at bat in about a week, and asking him to lay down a perfect bunt seemed to be a bit of a tall order. had it been Ramon Santiago up, then sure bunt away. He's pretty damn proficient at it. But to send Everett up, and give away one of your last three outs to a pitcher who was having trouble finding the strikezone...well maybe Jim crossed the border into Vancouver for some special tobacco last series.
As for me, well I would have sent Thames up and told him "wait for your pitch and hit it into the rockpile". At least that way when he strikes out, it wouldn't look as dumb. As for tonight, Justin Verlander gets the de facto #1 for the Angels tonight. Lets see what Justin shows up, and if Grandy and Guillen keep it going. And hey, isn't Cabrera due for a home run?
Tigers 3 Angels 4
W: Arredondo (1-0)
L: Lyon (1-2)
S: Fuentes (3)
W - L
7 - 6