Anticipating Tigers baseball in the evening, I opened the curtains Monday morning, and saw what we all had dreaded – SNOW!
“Oh no, not again!” I said. “I thought we were done with this.”
Those same words came back to my lips, as I watched another Tigers lead blown by the bullpen.
“Oh no, not again!”
My first question, why was Edwin Jackson pulled after only 89 pitches? This was his game to lose.
According to Jason Beck’s MLBlog, Jim Leyland said that Jackson was pulled because,
“There was no question that he was starting to go. There was no question about that. It was the perfect situation for Seay to come in, get out the one lefty who was a pretty good hitter. We got that. We felt real good about it, but there was no doubt in my mind about that. I don’t question that at all. He gave us everything you could ask for and more. Rolen hit the home run, and we had the unfortunate little play there that we didn’t make. That’s all part of the game.”
Up until he was yanked from the game, Jackson pounded the zone, throwing 60 of his 89 pitches, for strikes.
He gave up a home run to Scott Rolen in the bottom of the eighth.
After Overbay reached on an error, and Rod Barajas popped out, Bobby Seay relieved him. I will give credit where it is due. Seay did his job.
Brandon Lyon came on in the eighth, and the rest is history, as they say.
It is easy to second guess managerial decisions from the comfort of my chair, and I do trust Leyland’s guiding hand, but once again, “I thought we were done with this.”
So, starting tonight, can we be done with this? Can the Tigers finally move forward, and be the team I think they are?
Brandon Inge thinks so!
“This is not what to expect during the year for anyone watching on the outside,” Inge said Tuesday night. “This is more of a fluke, last year was more of habit. You won’t see this that much.
“We’re too good of a ballclub with too good of an attitude for this to happen on a daily basis,” he said.
Zach Miner will attempt to make things right at 7:07ET tonight. The Toronto Blue Jays will send Jesse Litsch out to face Miner in the third game of this series.
Let’s Go Tigers!
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