Despite Joe Nathan’s best effort to blow his third save in the last 10 games, the Tigers found a way to squeak out a 5-4 victory and split the four game series with the A’s.
What makes this win more impressive is that they Freeway Ricky Porcello failed to provide a quality start despite winning his eighth game of the season. Ricky’s performance was maddening. He pitched in and out of trouble all day long and gave up seven free passes, six walks and one HBP. What was even more exasperating than the free passes was giving up a two run homer to Nick Punto. NICK PUNTO!?
The last two times through the rotation, Tigers starters, with the exception of Sanchez, have blown. They better right the ship soon because like Peter Gammons says, “if you can’t pitch, you can’t win.”
With the exception of Joe Nathan, the bullpen was adequate. However, the Amazing Al walked two in his inning of work.
That brings me to Nathan. He has three blown saves and has a 5.23 ERA. I hope Brad Ausmus has a plan B for the closer role. Additionally, after his post game comments yesterday, I’m beginning to question his character. I’ll be the first to admit that Castellanos is not good at third but he didn’t give up the home run to Donaldson. So man up, JACKASS, and accept the fact that you’ve blown this year. Instead of blaming the rookie start earning your money suck-hole.
On the flip side of the coin, this Tigers team has shown a type of resiliency that I haven’t seen for a long time. They play for nine innings and on most nights, I get the feeling that they expect to win. I guess time will tell.
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