May 17th, 2008

Leyland: We're not pounding the ball

Not that it’s a news flash or anything, but after so much was made of the errors Friday night, Jim Leyland wanted to make a point that a few more runs would’ve made a miscue like that pretty well meaningless.

“We’re supposed to pound the ball around, and we haven’t done it,” Leyland said.

And as the record shows, they have to hit, since they’re now 0-23 when they don’t score at least five runs.

The lineup has just one change, with Ryan Raburn giving Placido Polanco a day off. In the spirit of getting a power hitter up there and stacking some left-handed hitters, Matt Joyce will hit in the second spot.

The full order:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Joyce, LF
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Rodriguez, C
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Raburn, 2B
  9. Galarraga, P

For Arizona:

  1. Chris Young, CF
  2. Stephen Drew, SS
  3. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  4. Conor Jackson, 1B
  5. Justin Upton, RF
  6. Eric Byrnes, LF Mark Reynolds, 3B
  7. Mark Reynolds, 3B Jeff Salazar, LF (Byrnes scratched)
  8. Chris Snyder, C
  9. Max Scherzer, P

Renteria on foul ball

“I have to call for that,” Renteria said, “because I think I have the better angle. It was my fault, because I should have called for that ball.”

Guillen said he heard something, but he didn’t know if it was Renteria or not.

Leyland called it a fundamental play. “As soon as somebody told me it wasn’t called, I had flashbacks to Tigertown and the pop-up drill. Call three times: ‘I got it. I got it. I got it.’ That’s what we worked on. Now if somebody would’ve called it and dropped it, that’s part of the game. But the fact that we didn’t call it, somebody didn’t take charge and call it, that’s not acceptable.”