The Tigers moved to 9-1 with a win over the White Sox this afternoon at Comerica Park.
David Price and Jeff Samardzija had a classic pitcher’s duel. Each pitcher surrendered only one run, on solo shots, in eight complete innings. The Tigers had more chances to score off of Samardzija but a combination of good clutch pitching and bad execution at the plate kept the game tied.
The White Sox made a few crucial mistakes that allowed the Tigers to take this one. First, Alexei Ramirez did David Price, and the Tigers, a favor by flying out on the first pitch he saw in the top of the seventh after Adam LaRoche had worked a six pitch walk. Price’s pitch count was climbing. If Ramirez had a better AB, who knows, they may have gotten into the Tigers pen in the eighth. Second, why in the sam hell didn’t Robin Ventura challenge the play a second in the ninth? On TV, it looked like Castellanos was out by a mile. If I was a Sox fan I would be furious. Perhaps he’s still loopy from when Nolan Ryan beat him into a conniption? Third, and this a friend of mine mentioned, after the Castellanos debacle, why didn’t he walk Iggy and play the infield at normal depth?
In any case I don’t think anybody will be knocking down Ventura’s door after the White Sox fire him.
FYI: The last time the Tigers started 9-1 was 1984. I’m not sayin’. I’m just sayin’.