The Rangers ended Max Scherzer’s 13 game winning streak by handing the Tiger righty his first loss of the season. Max went 6 innings allowed 4 earned, struck out 6 and walked 2.
It was another lack luster game on this home stand, similar to game 1 of the White Sox series. The offense didn’t threaten much as Ranger lefty Derek Holland had his back foot slider in full motion tonight. Holland kept the Tiger hitters off balance all night.
Holland did walk 5 and the Tigers had their chances but this game was really decided in the bottom of the 4th. The Tigers were trailing 3-0 coming to bat in the 4th. Peralta led off with a single and stole second. Tui walked which brought Pena to the plate with 2 on and nobody out. This was not a good time for one of the worst at bats I’ve seen him have. As usual, Leyland didn’t have Pena bunting but Pena didn’t even look like he was trying to move the runners up. He swung at the first pitch from Holland, a 92 MPH sinker, and grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
I’m not even going to bitch about Leyland not having Pena bunt. Pena is a professional hitter. He has to know that at the very least he needs to move the runners over even if is not a true sacrifice. Nope, he pounds the first pitch he sees into the ground for a rally killing 6-4-3.
There were a few bright spots. First, rookie second baseman, Hernan Perez, followed Pena’s double play with a single driving in the Tiger’s only run and his first MLB RBI.
The second bright spot was Phil Coke. He came in to replace Luke Putkonen in the 7th and got A. J. Pierzynski to ground into an inning ending double play. I was happy for Coke. He’s been struggling, and it’s nice to see him have a little success that hopefully he can build on for the second half.
Other than that, there wasn’t much to like about tonight’s game. Alburquerque pitched the 9th and was horrible. It looks like he’s doing all he can to get back to Toledo.
JV is on the hill for the series and first half finally tomorrow. I think it is very important to win the game tomorrow. A win would give them a series win and even their record at 3-3 on this current home stand. Losing two series in a row, at home, heading into the break, will leave the first half on a down note. The Tigers really need JV to have a good start and we need better offense than we got tonight.
This team is so irritating.
On another note, I was watching part of the Yankee game before the Tiger game. The announcers were talking about how Joba Chamberlain is a highly prized commodity that a lot of team are interested in. Really? I wonder what teams are interested in Joba? Are the Tigers one of them? Joba has a 5.24 era this season. I guess, if you look at his career stats, they’re not bad. He has a career 3.81 era and 2.57 K/BB ratio but I wouldn’t be willing to give up top prospects for him. He’s not going to start. He’s a power arm coming out of the bullpen who has occasional control problems. I guess he’s probably better than most of the guys in Tiger bullpen. But what would the Tigers have to give for him and how much would then have to pay him? Any thoughts?
Did I mention how irritating the Tigers are?
Oh, Sark, I’ve been thinking about what you said about signing Sanchez. The more I think about it. The more I agree with you.
Did I mention how irritated I am right now?
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