tonight’s game marked the first time in 56 games that the Tigers have had three consecutive starts of less than 6 innings. It’s was a good run but now it’s just plain ugly!
It was Doug Fister’s turn to take a dump tonight. He lasted only 5 innings and looked like he was throwing batting practice to the A’s.
If Fister was bad, the pen was worse. It didn’t matter who Leyland threw out there, they got shelled. Check out these lines:
Fister, 5 innings, 13 hits, 7 earned, 0 walks, 2 strike outs.
Alvarez, 2 and 1/3 innings, 5 hits, 5 earned, 0 walks, 1 strike out. Alvarez is trying to get Phil Coke called up. He’s been brutal since his call up.
Smyly, didn’t get anybody out. He pitched 0 innings, 2 hits, 2 earned, 0 Walks.
Finally, Bonderman came on pitched an inning and 2/3, allowed 1 hit, no runs, and struck out 2.
Bonderman and Avila are my players of the game. Bonderman was the only pitcher that could get anybody out and Alex Avila went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. As I go to sleep tonight he has his batting average at .201, just over the Mendoza line.
Don’t look now but at the start of play tonight the Tigers lead over the Tribe was only 3 games. And the Indians and Braves are tied at 2. What this means is that all of the equity the Tigers gained from their 12 game win streak has been wiped out. The Indians will come in town this weekend with a chance to tie the Tigers for the division lead.
Is this 2009?
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