The Tigers have looked very good in taking the first two games of the weekend series against the Royals in Kansas City.
Last night, Freeway Rick, pitched seven complete innings. He allowed two earned, struck out 6 and walked none. The Tigers offense got him eight runs, and the bullpen, Krol and Reed, finished the game. The Tigers won 8-2.
Tonight, Drew Smyly pitched seven complete, scoreless innings, the offense followed up last nights outburst with nine more runs tonight. The Tigers won 9-2.
I’m seeing a nice recipe for success. Strong starting pitching and a new look offense.
I’m getting more encouraged regarding the Tigers offense this year. As, Eric Karros pointed out on the broadcast this evening, the Tigers aren’t standing around waiting for a three run homer to score.
A great example of this new, Tigers, offense was how they scored their first run. In the fourth inning, the bases were loaded with Miggy on third, and one out. Castellanos hit a shallow fly ball to gold glove, left fielder Alex Gordon. Gordon made the catch. To the astonishment of everybody watching, Miggy tagged up and went home. Gordon had flipped the ball to the infielder and by the time the ball was relayed to the plate, Miggy scored easily.
It worked this time and I like the new look, but given that situation again, I wouldn’t recommend a second try.
The only sour note of the fist two games was Phil Coke’s ninth inning tonight. He came in with a 9-0 run lead and gave up two runs. The most worrisome part of Coke’s pitching was that he got hit hard by left handers. He gave up a single to Nori Aoki, a double to Eric Hosmer and a double to Alex Gordon.
In Phil’s defense, I thought he struck out Aoki but didn’t get the call. I guess that how things go when you’re running bad. If Coke is going to be of any value in the future however, he needs to get lefties out.
JV goes for the sweep tomorrow.
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