as the Tigers fell to the Yankees tonight, 4-3, in 10 innings.
Rick Porcello started the game and only lasted 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. He struck out six and walked 2. Ricky didn’t pitch poorly but I knew he was in trouble from the very first batter. The umpire, Will Little, was not calling the inside pitch to left handers a strike. Brett Gardner led off the game with a walk and the replay showed that Ricky had struck him out twice but couldn’t get the inside strike called. In fact, the Yankees first 5 hits were all from left handers and all to left or left center. The only hard hit ball was Robinson Cano’s double that drove in 2 runs in the third.
In fact, this was one of the worst umpired games I’ve seen in a long time at home plate. I couldn’t tell what was a strike and neither could anybody else. Most of the time replays show that umpires get the calls right but not tonight. I’m not sure what Little was looking at.
That being said, the Tigers had plenty of chances to score but the offense basically consisted of Autsin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera. Jackson was 4-6 and Miggy was 2-5 and drove in all three Tigers runs. The big hit was Miggy’s two run bomb in the 9th inning off of Mariano Rivera to send the game into extra innings. It looked like the Tigers might go ahead in the 9th. After Miggy’s homer, Fielder followed with a double. The Yankees then walked Martinez putting runners at first and second with 2 out. Andy Dirks stepped to the plate and completed his 0-5 night by grounding out to 2nd base. Between Torii Hunter and Andy Dirks, they left 15 men on base. Hunter stranded 8 while Dirksies chipped in with 7.
Ichiro Suzuki, Torii Hunter and Jose Iglesias all flashed leather tonight. Ichiro was first when he made a nice running grab in right field, crashing into the wall and robbing Miggy of extra bases in the 3rd. Torii Hunter made a fine sliding catch in foul territory on a ball hit by Alfonso Soriano to end the 7th and Jose Iglesias, smooth as silk, started a 6-4-3 double play in the bottom of the 8th to bail Bruce Rondon out of a jam and keep the Tigers within striking distance.
With the run the Tigers have been on it is hard to complain. Hopefully, they can regroup and start another streak tomorrow afternoon.
Looking at the big picture, the most important thing is that Jimmy Leyland got Andy Dirks a start and kept him in for the whole game.
Here’s a thought, Don Kelly was brought in to pinch hit for Jose Iglesias to lead off the 9th. I know there’s no way of knowing Miggy would tie the score but perhaps it would have been a good idea to keep your best defensive player in the game in a tight game on the road. It might have been a better idea to have Kelly pinch hit for Dirksy to lead off the top of the 8th. Kelly could then have played left field instead of shortstop. But, I guess at that point, Dirksy was only 0-3 with only 5 left on base. But, what do I know.
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