The Tigers Win In 16 Innings!

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When this country began its quest for sovereignty, many doubted that
the small group of colonies could be victorious in its fight against a
formidable power such as Great Britain. When the Continental Army
captured a British Army in 1777, France entered the war, siding with
the Americans. Eventually, it was the signing of the Treaty of Paris,
that ended hostilities, and recognized the United States of America as
a sovereign nation.

So it is fitting that one day prior to the
celebration of Independence Day 2009, it was a guy named French who led
a long, protracted battle in the Tigers fight to retain the AL Central
lead.

Rookie Luke French, who hadn’t started a major league
ballgame since May, was fairly impressive during the 4.2 innings that
he pitched. He allowed six hits and two runs, one of them, a homer off
of the bat of Delmon Young. When he was relieved by Zach Miner in the
fifth, he had a 7-2 lead.

It was reassuring to get such a performance
from French.

Afterward, the game went back and forth, as the
Tigers saw that lead slowly eaten away by a hungry Twins team. By the
end of the sixth, Minnesota had tied the game at 7. It stayed that way
until the 14th inning when Gerald Laird was able to score off of a
Polanco single. Minnesota came back in the bottom of the inning to once
again tie it up. Eventually, the Tigers were able to pull away for
good in the top of the 16th.

The game took 5 hours and 7 minutes to complete.

I’m happy that we were able to come out on the winning side of this
one. I mentioned in yesterday’s post this was a must win game for the
Tigers. Minnesota is four games behind the Tigers. But, they may be
not be the ones who cause us the most grief this weekend.

After getting
their seventh straight win last night, the Chicago White Sox are still
sitting 2.5 games behind Detroit.

Game two of the series will feature Edwin Jackson (6-4 2.49 ERA) for Detroit. Francisco Liriano (4-8 5.62 ERA) will be on the hill for the Twins.

As you know, Jackson has
pitched brilliantly, but hasn’t seen much run support from his
teammates. The bats picked up last night, and I would like to see that momentum will
continue to swing in our favor.

It would be nice to enjoy some burgers off of the grill along with another win.

Happy 4th of July!

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One Response to The Tigers Win In 16 Innings!

  1. juliasrants says:

    That is ONE long game! Though, the 5 hours? That seems to be how long most Red Sox- Yankees games last! LOL!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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