The Tigers scored 7 runs in the first two innings tonight, beat the Rangers, and took the first game of the last series before the 2013 All-Star break.
Doug Fister pitched fairly well, but struggled at times with his control. He pitched 6 innings, gave up 2 earned, struck out 5, walked two, and threw 106 pitches.
The bullpen looked good, especially Bruce Rondon, who recorded 4 outs on 10 pitches including 2 Ks.
If I can complain or worry about anything, which you know I can, it is that the Tigers didn’t do much offensively after the 2nd inning. In fact, Joseph Ortiz replaced Russ Grimm and allowed only 1 hit, a Prince Fielder, infield single, in 3 and two thirds.
What made the lack of add on runs troubling is that the Rangers had chances to come back and make a game of it.
In the 4th inning with two runs already in, the Rangers had the bases loaded with two out and were one swing of the bat away from making a game of it, but Fister got David Murphy to strike out to end the threat. Also, in the 9th, the Rangers had two on with two out but Benoit was able to strike out Nelson Cruz to end the game.
Another thing that vexes me is the this Tui/Dirks platoon. Why does Dirks come in for Tui late in games when right handers are brought in but not the other way around. Dirks was 0-4 tonight and didn’t have a decent at-bat or swing the entire night. With the way Tui has been swinging the bat, and the way Dirks hasn’t, I thought it would be nice to bring Tui in when Ortiz, a lefty, replaced Grimm. It seems like this platoon thing is mostly a one way street and I don’t get it.
Back at it tomorrow. A series win would be nice.
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