Hello Tigers fans! I usually do not write about the Tigers, except for opportunities to make fun of them, ridicule some of the players occasionally and sometimes lamenting that they beat my favorite team, the Chicago White Sox. However, Jessica asked me to write about them for a couple of games and I am happy to do so. But I have a confession to make. I am actually rooting for the Tigers in the 2012 World Series.
Mainly because the Tigers have two players who are at the top of my P.A.B. Club of players, namely Justin Verlander and recent addition, Max Scherzer. If I could have those guys pitching for my favorite team, I’d be in heavenly bliss. P.A.B. you can figure out for yourself what it stands for, but the players in that group are guys that I “hate” because they are really good and I would LOVE to have them on my team.
In any event, seeing how good JV has been over the years, I’d really like to see him get a ring and if his teammates happen to get one as well, then ok, fine. I actually do have a ton of friends who root for the Tigers, so in addition to trash-talking with them, I do follow this team quite a bit and respect them for baseball’s sake.
Tonight’s game got off to a much better start than last night did. No runs were given up in the first! Doug Fister even worked himself out of some jams. While the jams were enough to give you heart palpitations, it worked out. This despite taking a liner off his noggin in the second inning. It was amazing he was okay after that. Especially since 1) IT WAS HIS HEAD THE BALL HIT OFF OF and 2) he got hit in a game against the Yankees in the ALCS. Oh and Doug went out and gave the Tigers seven innings plus one batter worth of pitching.
Early on, the Tigers had some chances to push a run across the plate early. In the top of the second inning, Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch. Never want to see your guys getting hit, but it is a base runner so you will take it. Then, Delmon Young hit a smash to left field. The ball was bobbled by Gregor Blanco, but a great relay throw from Marco Scutaro to Buster Posey resulted in Prince being out at the plate. Jim came out to argue the call, but the umps got it right and he was tagged before his leg crossed the base.
Some may think, um, Gene, WHAT are you doing sending Prince there? But, you had to try and send him. The ball was bobbled and you have to put pressure on the defense. Chalk it up to a great throw. In the fourth inning, the Tigers were seeing Madison Bumgarner for a second time and starting to get some good swings off of him. Unfortunately, Omar Infante was picked off base and killed that small developing rally.
Things really started to get interesting in the seventh inning. Hunter Pence got a base hit off Doug and thus ended Doug’s night. In comes Drew Smyly and instead of mowing down guys, he has gotten into trouble. The bases ended up loaded on a bunt by Blanco that stayed fair. The Giants would then score a run but they did get a double play. The score 1-0.
Sadly, Tigers offense was . . . hear those crickets? Yeah. A total of two hits off Bumgarner. Then to top it all off, Drew Smyly and Octavio Dotel were not so great (ok, slight understatement) out of the bullpen. It really is a shame that the offense couldn’t step up and get Fister off the hook for the loss as he was amazing considering getting drilled early on. Final score 2-0 and the Tigers are down 0-2 in the series.
Tomorrow is an off day / travel day. Saturday night at 8 pm EDT, Ryan Vogelsong will take on Anibal Sanchez in a must win game three. I can’t believe I am saying this, but seriously, GO TIGERS!!!!!! I’m expecting good things since the Tigers play really well at home and the environment will be much more welcoming to the boys.