Overshadowing the big news today, that the Tigers fired Charlie Marcuse, the Singing Hot Dog Vendor, the Tigers did the thrashing tonight as the they took out some frustration on the Royals’ pitching staff. What makes this game impressive is that the Tigers put a beating on the the Royals’ ace, Big Game James Shields, who shut the Tigers out the last time he faced them at Comerica Park.
Andy Dirks had a nice night in front of his friends and family. However, in the 3rd inning, with the bases loaded, nobody out, and the Tigers up 5-1, Dirksy got himself picked off of 3rd base. When we look back at this game, this bone headed play isn’t that big of a deal, but it could have been and could be if it happens in the future. In fact, after Dirks got picked off, the Tigers went out quietly and didn’t tack on any runs that inning. It kind of felt like the momentum was changing. Luckily, Emilio Bonifacio led off the the bottom of the third with a single and returned the favor by getting himself picked off of first.
The Tigers were able to pound their way around this miscue, today, but it was still a horrible play that could have been devastating in a different situation.
How in the sam hell do you get picked off of third with nobody out? Are you just not paying attention? Where are you going? And further, what was The Windmill doing?
I don’t want to rain on Dirksy’s parade, but if I were Jim Leyland, he would have been yanked after that bout of cerebral cramping.
Anyway, I’ve been sick all week so I’m going to bed with the Tigers winning 15-1 in the top of the 8th. Like my good friend Nebraska says, “if they blow it, I don’t want to be around to see it”.
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