Tigers 5 White Sox 1

Another good effort today by the Tigers.  They swept a short two game series from the White Sox via their 5-1 victory in the Windy City this afternoon.

The Good:

  • The pitching.  Max lasted “only” six innings but he kept the Sox scoreless, striking out seven and walking three.
  • Five runs should be enough to win most games.
  • Bryan Holaday continues to come up big at the plate.  He was 1-3 with 2 RBIs.
  • Victor is still raking.  He drove in two and went 1-3
  • AJax had three walks.  Can you imagine what his numbers will be if he walks 100 times this season.
  • The Amazing Al and Joba were smokin balls out of the pen.

The Bad:

  • Hunter, Cabrera and Castellanos each struck out twice.
  • Evan Reed allowed a run in the ninth.

The Ugly:

  • The Tigers, as a team, struck out 10 times this afternoon.  I hate strike outs almost as much as GIDP.

Does it seem like there are a lot of two game series this year?

Off to Kansas City.

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

Chase Field Visit

I’m in the Phoenix area for work.  Last night, I went to Chase Field and took in the Diamondbacks and Rockies game.

The highlight of the game was Troy Tulowitzki’s two run homer in the 6th.

Chase Field
Walking into Chase field 4/29/2014

If were a Diamondbacks fan, I’d be screaming about the Dbacks having the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth, and failing to score a run.  But I’m not.  So I won’t.  But I’ve been there before.

Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt – Chase Field scoreboard

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

Woman hit by foul ball at Yankee game

Last night, a pretty, young, lady was struck in the head by a foul ball, off the bat of Ichiro Suzuki.

This is not funny.  She was knocked unconscious and had to be taken to the hospital.

Here is more information.

The lady that was hit is the daughter of a good friend of mine.

Luckily, she was released from the hospital and should be fine in a few days.

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

 

Tigers 4 White Sox 3

This was a nice come from behind win.  After the Sox put up three on JV in the third the Tigers battled back to tie.

In the top of the ninth, with two out and AJax on third, Bryan Holaday put down a bunt single that scored Jackson and gave the Tigers the lead for good.  Holaday’s bunt looked like the final inning scene from Major Leagues.

The Good:

  • The Tigers fought back after falling behind and found a way to win.
  • The Tigers scored the winning run on an unconventional play rarely seen by a Tigers team in recent history.
  • Joba Chamberlain continues to get it done out of the bullpen.
  • Joe Nathan recorded his fifth save.

The Bad:

  • Not too much today.

The Ugly:

  • Rajai Davis took the golden sombrero, striking out four times and generally looking off balance all night.

Max is on the hill for tomorrow’s finale, a 2:10 EST start.

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

 

 

This is a nice story about sportsmanship…

From MLB dot com:

Here’s sportsmanship, defined: At an NCAA softball game last weekend, Kara Oberer of Eckerd College knocked a three-run homer. But she couldn’t make it past first base, having suffered a knee injury earlier in the day. Pitcher Chelsea Oglevie of Florida Southern College, who had just given up the home run, and Leah Pemberton, the second baseman, carried Oberer all the way home:

Apparently, if someone on her own team had touched the base runner, she would have been out.  But there is no rule regarding members of the opposing team helping her around the bases.

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

Twins 5 Tigers 3

The Twins were able to even up the series with a 5-3 over the Tigers today.  Anibal Sanchez started but only lasted 2 2/3.  He had to come out of the game because of a blister problem.

The bullpen was a nightmare, Miggy was disappointing, the Tigers lost and it wasn’t pretty.

The Good:

  • The Tigers scored two early runs staking Sanchez to an early 2-0 lead.

The Bad:

  • After the first inning the offense made Phil Hughes look like Greg Maddux.

The Ugly:

  • Fours were wild for Jose Ortega, who was an abject nightmare.  He “relieved” Sanchez and couldn’t find the plate.  He allowed four earned runs in one and a third.  He allowed four hits, walked four and and struck out one.

I’m actually not sure what to say about Phil Coke.  His final line isn’t that bad.  He pitched two and two thirds.  He didn’t allow a run, struck out two, walked two, and gave up two hits.  I guess twos were wild for Phil.  Perhaps he was only half as bad as Ortega?   I guess the problem with Coke’s pitching today is that he couldn’t strand any inherited runners.  Like I said, I’m not sure what to say about Phil but he doesn’t past the eye test.

Miggy.  It is hard to pick on the back to back MVP but I was horrified with his at bat in the eighth.  He came up with bases loaded, one out, and the Tigers down by two.  All the Tigers needed was one of his patented hits to right field.  Instead, the suddenly pull happy Cabrera, hits a low, inside fastball, to third base.  The Twins turned an easy double play and the inning was over.  Again, I don’t have the words.

Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

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