I was frustrated after watching last week’s series with The Minnesota Twins.
Many Detroit fans were.
It seemed we had found our groove, cruising along nicely, and then WHAM – we hit a brick wall…
… and then we climbed over it –
and banged up the Oakland Athletics!
The Tigers bats burst like the clouds above the city that held the start of the game at bay for 61 minutes. Subsequently, another burst from the heavens would keep us waiting for another 73 minutes. On a night like that, THAT usually is the story.
But the bats turned out to be the bigger tale Friday night. Enroute to a 14-1 win, Ryan Raburn hit a grand slam, as did Brandon Inge.
The last time two grand slams happened in a game was on June 24, 1968.
Jim Northrup was the man that night. (A little Tigers karma from the past can be good for everyone!)
But, we weren’t done yet! The bats continued screaming on Saturday, as the Tigers posted a 9-1 win, and again on Sunday – when they won it 11-7!
It was a good series for us. One they could use to cement confidence in themselves. It gave the fans confidence in the wake of the Twins debacle.
Next, the Texas Rangers are in town. The SMOKIN’ HOT Texas Rangers. They have won seven in a row, and are atop the AL West.
The story will be completed on Dontrelle Willis tonight, or just beginning.
In his debut last week, he allowed four runs in a game that Detroit would lose. He lasted only 4 2/3 innings. Tonight must be better. It has to be.
Jeremy Bonderman will see his next rehab assignment in Toledo on Thursday. He feels he is only one or two rehab stints away from re-joining the Tigers. If Willis performs poorly, it could be be sooner. But, no time table has been set for his return.
Magglio is out on breavement, attending to personal matters, for the next two games.
Wilkin Ramirez has been called up, and will start as the DH on Wednesday.
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