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“God I love baseball.” -Roy Hobbs | The Natural

Anthony Rizzo | Flashin’ Leather

From Cubs vs Cardinals 6/28/2016.

Tigers 7 Marlins 5

The Tigers managed to win last night despite making three errors and Mike Pelfrey starting.  Their fifth inning yesterday reminded me of Indians’ fifth inning Sunday against JV.

I’m watching this afternoon with the Tigers up 4-1 but Norris looks shaky in the second.

We’ll see.

Indians 7 Tigers 4

Well, It looks like the Tigers just can’t beat the Indians.  The tables have turned from recent years.

The game ended on one of the oddest double plays I’ve ever seen.  I guess it was only odd because I thought Rajai Davis dropped the ball

CONNIPTION SHOT | MIGUEL CABRERA

This is the definition of hitting the ball into a conniption from last night, 6/20/2016.

Tigers 8 Mariners 7

Nice win and a needed win.  After losing the last three to Kansas City the Tigers could ill afford to lose their first game in the home-stand.

Justin Upton came through with two home runs including the walk-off in the bottom of the 12th.  If they Tigers are going to keep their heads above water they are going to need J-UP to stay hot.

Iggy scared me at short.  He made an error and almost booted another ball in the 11th.

Did anybody else notice that Upton almost missed the plate on his walk-off?

JMC and J-UP both had CONNIPTION SHOTS!

I have to tip my hat to the bullpen.  I don’t like the Tigers’ chances  battle of the pens but they pitched well tonight.

Pelfrey was bad.

Royals 2 Tigers 1

Well, losing the last three games in a row is never good, but the Tigers finished this road trip 4-6.  Not great, but not terrible considering the abominations that were the previous two road trips.

Zimmerman pitched well but the Tigers couldn’t hit.  Even after they got the devastating Chris Young out of the game, who historically dominates the Tigers, the bats couldn’t do anything.  Unfortunately given the state of the bullpen, I don’t like their chances in extra inning games.

Hopefully, they can have a good home-stand.  It won’t be easy with Seattle and Cleveland coming into town.

The J.D. injury may be devastating.

Rise Up | Hockey Night In Canada 2016 Tribute

Hockey season is over.  The Penguins won the cup and for as much as I wanted the Sharks to win, Pittsburgh was by far the better team.

Growing up near the Canadian border, I prefer to watch CBC, Channel 9’s, Hockey Night In Canada for game coverage whenever possible.  HNIC does hockey right.

Here is the 2016 season ending montage HNIC played at the end of Sunday’s broadcast, H/T The Hockey News:

White Sox 10 Tigers 9

This game was like watching a train wreck.  When the Sox started chipping away I knew this game was lost.  I guess we can give K-ROD a pass, he had converted 19 in a row but this one is going to leave a mark.

I thought Brad Ausmus had a good game in the losing effort.  I liked the suicide squeeze with Iggy and Salty to extend the lead to 9-7 and I liked leaving Nick “The Quick” in the game in the late innings. There was not much he could do about the pitching, I thought he made the right moves at the right time, it just didn’t work out.

I often call Robin Ventura the dumbest manager in baseball but I have to give him and Big Game Jame Shields credit.  The Tigers were beating Big Game James into a conniption but Ventura left him in the game and he ended up giving the White Sox five innings and a chance to win.  This is the type of move that can turn Shields’ season around, not good news for the Tigers.

Anyway, Hat Tip to Robin Ventura and James Shields and Brad Ausmus.

 

Tigers 4 Yankees 1

The Tigers have started this road trip off well.  With Today’s 4-1 victory, they took a series in the Bronx two games to one.

Once again, Michael Fulmer was smoke balls! He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 28 1/3.  Everyday Ian Kinlser had two more RBIs today giving him seven in the last two games.

This series win game without much help from Jose Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.

It is off two Chicago for a series with the White Sox.  Tomorrow the Tigers have a date with “Big Game?” James Shields.

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