The front page of my Detroit Free Press this morning had a headline
that I have seen too often, written in many different ways. It said,
“WEAK BATS COST TIGERS AGAIN”
any words of your own choosing to convey that simple thought, you would
probably come across an actual headline that has appeared at some time
this season, in a Detroit area newspaper.
On Wednesday night,
the Detroit Tigers (63-56) lost to the Seattle Mariners (62-58), 3-1.
Justin Verlander went eight innings. He gave up three runs, on six
hits. The American League strikeout leader (204) struck out 10 batters.
Verlander deserved a win. He didn’t get it.
forward to today. My, what a difference a day makes. Actually, a little
more than half a day (the Tigers played an afternoon game). Yesterday,
I had written about the excitement of the late inning rally in
ballgames. As I watched this one (the Tigers were down 6-2 going into
the bottom of the sixth), I kept hoping that I would see a repeat
performance of Tuesday’s win. I did.
The Tigers scored three
runs in the sixth inning to close the gap to 6-5. It wasn’t until the
ninth that things began to heat up.
Carlos Guillen came into the
game as a pinch hitter, substituting for Marcus Thames. Davis Aardsma
walked him. Then, Raburn fouled out. The next batter, Miguel Cabrera
doubled, moving Guillen to within 90 feet of the plate. Ordonez was
walked intentionally to load the bases. (You know, this is where things
really begin to happen!) With a 1-1 count, Brandon Inge sacrificed to
bring in Guillen.
Finally, after an unbelievable eight pitch at bat, Clete Thomas singled to right field, to score Cabrera, and win the game. Wow!
You gotta love it!
in the afterglow of the victory (fortunately), was Jarrod Washburn’s no
decision. He pitched six innings, and once again, looked horrific on
the mound. Washburn gave up six runs (four were home runs), and five
hits. On the good side of things, his ERA still ranks in the top 10, among AL pitchers (3.18 ERA).
But, from ESPN.com:
has now given up five earned runs or more in three of his first four
starts since being traded, and has yet to pick up a win for the Tigers.
is the guy I thought we were getting? Hopefully, he’ll get it together
in the next start, or two. We desperately need him to be what he can
be, especially as we play on the road.