Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Game 100

That's great guys. 13 runs on 19 hits. I still would feel safer that night's like this would be more regular with an Adam Dunn or Luke Scott in left field.

Justin Verlander did had a bad inning the 5th, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. Good thing for him he had a seven run lead to work with entering the inning. Outside of the fifth, he was filthy. JV tied a career high in strikeouts with 13, and had only 2 hits in the other six innings he pitched.

Also having great games were Curtis Granderson, who started off the game with a home run for the second night in a row. He added another 2 run homer in the 2nd. Miguel Cabrera broke out of his singles habit, and had a RBI double and a 3 run home run. His 4 RBI tonight almost doubled his RBI count for the month, giving him a grand total of 10 for July. Poor Magglio was the only Tiger starter held hitless.

Gerald Laird had only one hit, but single-handily got his way around the basepaths to score, in a good show of hustle that's been lacking on this Tiger team the past few days. He blooped a pop fly that Josh Hamilton could not quite get to, and hauled ass to get to second. He saw third base was there for the taking and stole third without a throw. Then, with perfect timing (and the help of an off-target throw) Laird scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Adam Everett. While it was the 9th run the Tigers score, it was a big one after the Rangers crawled back into the game after their 3 run 5th. The bounce back after their opponents have a big inning, is something that's been missing the past few weeks.

So the Tigers get the offense clicking just in time to get on a plane and a day off tomorrow. The lingering question will be, will there be any new Tigers in uniform when they take the field Friday night vs. Cleveland

Tigers 13 Rangers 5
W: Verlander (12-5)
L: Feldman (9-7)

Tigers Record
W - L
53 - 47
1st Place AL Central (2 games ahead of Minnesota)

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