*** UPDATED ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2009 ***
The Detroit Tigers were shut out last night by the Chicago White Sox,
8-0. Once again, Detroit failed to pull together a victory in these
last days of the 2009 baseball season. On the other hand, the Minnesota
Twins handily beat the Kansas City Royals 10-7, to gain a game on the
The Tiger’s offense, failing to show up for this one, managed to eke out three hits.
I don’t think you need me to tell you that this has become more than
just a small problem. Early in the season it was the pitching staff
that put a number of games into the win column. Unfortunately, pitching
is now becoming a problem for the Tigers, too.
Last night, Edwin Jackson gave up 8 earned runs in only five innings.
He pitched to five batters in the sixth, and he was unable to record an
out. Casey Fien entered the game in relief to give up two more runs
that were charged to Jackson’s account.
Tonight’s game is a big one (and, I don’t say that lightly). Manager
Jim Leyland is betting on the rookie Alfredo Figaro to win tonight’s
game. He is also expecting the offense to light up White Sox pitcher
Here is tonight’s Detroit Tiger’s lineup:
CF Curtis Granderson
2B Placido Polanco
RF Magglio Ordonez
1B Miguel Cabrera
LF Carlos Guillen
DH Aubrey Huff
3B Brandon Inge
C Gerald Laird
SS Adam Everett
As I conclude this post, the Twins/Royals game has finished. The Twins were able to pull out a victory over Zach Greinke, 5-4.
It has now become that much more critical that the Tiger’s win tonight!
*** UPDATE SUNDAY OCTOBER 4, 2009 ***
Going into today’s game, the Detroit Tiger’s have found themselves in the unfortunate position of being tied for first place with the Minnesota Twins.
A win this afternoon, coupled with a Twins loss, would have assured the Tiger’s their first divisional title in 22 years.The Tiger’s were able to hold up their end of that bargain. They beat the White Sox, 5-3.
Too bad the Twins didn’t get the memo. They beat the Royals (who put up a decent fight) to remain in a dead heat for the Central Division title.
The two victories mean that a division-deciding game will be played at 5:07ET on Tuesday, October 6, in Minnesota.
The entire season has come down to this one game.
Look for Rick Porcello on the mound for Detroit. He will face the Twin’s Scott Baker.
Stay tuned. This one is going to be good!