Friday: Tigers vs. Giants

Except for Alex Avila behind the plate, it’s an all right-handed hitting lineup against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Avila was a decision Jim Leyland planned ahead of time, after Victor Martinez caught so many pitches in that Wednesday night debacle — 200,000, by Leyland’s rough estimate.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Casper Wells, LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Brad Penny


  1. Aaron Rowand, CF
  2. Emmanuel Burriss, 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  4. Aubrey Huff, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, LF
  6. Pat Burrell, DH
  7. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  8. Brandon Crawford, SS
  9. Chris Stewart, C

P: Madison Bumgarner


Imagine Reyes in that lineup instead of Inge or raburn and move peralta over a position. Maybe penny could get the kind of run support scherzer is getting, or our offense could be consistent for once. The only problem is that the mud hens would then be a mets affiliate, but it’s always fun to dream.

Penny gets charged with 2 hits against? Ordonez and Inge both let him down.
Then Wells picks them both up. What a stupid fan!

Man I predicted this stupid approach by Penny on Sandoval. Why one earth was he throwing the ball anywhere near the plate on an 0-2 pitch with 2 out?
Man that was dumb.

We have too many guys in this rotation that don’t pitch well wihen way ahead in the count. Scherzer is getting better but the other 3 have been brutal.

Ross singles after being down 0-2. Drives me nuts!

Brad looks pretty good. We are still in the game if someone could start hitting and driving some runs in. I’m not wild about the lineup tonight. What else is new?

Would like to see Wells try to lay one down and advance AJ here in the 6th.

Oh–man that was a silly attempt at stealing 3rd. We has the 3 and 4 hitters coming up and he’s in scoring position.
AJ had a horrible jump and his lead off 2nd was no further than it is when he’s on 1st. Very bad.

Austin should have stopped while he was ahead. A Jose Reyes, he is not.

We absolutely need Penny to shut the Giants down. in the 7th, or it will too much to come back from the way we are swinging the bats today and Wilson looming.

Well you can’t ask or expect your starter to give you better results than Penny did today. He battles alright. I’m not fond of him or his inability to put hitters away but he has by and large done a decent job this year.
Time for some hitters to come through. Wait for your pitch because Baumgartner is not fooling people rather than challenging them.

The word must be out about Raburn. I mean Bumgartner has Avila on deck (who he has K’d twice) and 1st base open agaiinst the RHB and they go right after him.
No one can convince me that waiting for Raburn to hit is a prudent managerial decision.

And Leyland now brings in a rookie for his debut when he has Perry and Benoit out there? That’s the way to show confidence in those guys Jim!

I think we got a break on the call but I still maintain that bringing the kid in then was disrespectful of your veterans.

I’m a little shocked that Magglio was able to come through like that. Credit Inge on some good base-running going form 1st to 3rd too..
Now what?

Valverde got fastball happy. He threw a couple of splitters this inning that were devastating.. Bad decision. He had just thrown Sandoval a bunch of fastballs and he had it timed. Dumb.
Cost us the game.

That was an intentional walk. Pinch-hitter

Excruciating theater.
That’s why we love this game.

Heartbreaker. Poor pitching in the 9th. And no hitting till the 9th cost us.
Inge has to be a bit more careful on the bases in that situation. Has to know if it is in the air you better wait till you are sure it reaches the green. Cost Cab an AB. The baseball gods were having way more fun with that game than we had watching it.

Best thing about the game is to see that the guys would not quit. That in itself means a lot.

The Giants had one guy in their lineup who could beat us, Sandoval, and we pitched to him both times. That’s how we lost the ballgame. The rest was, as you say Dave, theater. Jackson’s steal attempt at third was poorly executed and an absurd decision. In that final situation, Inge can’t get doubled off because we’ve got the tie already and Cabrera would have been money to win it in that spot. Strange relief selections in Oliveres and Villarreal. In the end, though, it was the decision to pitch to Sandoval both times that beat us. Way to go, Mr. Leyland.
It looked like Huff was crying after the game when the Giants lined up. Tell me I didn’t see what I thought I saw. Somebody. Please.

Showing emotion. Refreshing, as far as I’m concerned. Love the passion.

I said we’ve got the tie already? Obviously that’s not true. There goes all my cred………

I guess that they didn’t quit was the best part of this game, but it only makes them loveable losers.

Going with Sandoval, the walks (not just runs scored from), VV without a lead (he seemed even slower than Penny tonight) and not having Boesch in the starting lineup.

Rich, I noticed Huff too. Thought maybe it might’ve been weird lighting/camera angle. Maybe not.

Am I the only one put off by Wilson’s behavior tonight? I mean, being frustrated is one thing, but swinging bats like that in the dugout? Zambrano-esque.

Dan and Jim both said the game felt like a playoff atmosphere., That there was that much intensity in it. The Giants are the Word Series Champions and I don’t imagine they got there without emotion and chemistry. You know, that thing Leland doesn’t believe in. Some of our guys cried after game 163 (and, they every right to show thier vulnerability). The emotion of the moment just got to Aubrey and he couldn’t hold back. Nothing wrong with that. It was excruciating to watch and an excruciating win for the other team.

I’ve never seen a player crying after a game in the middle of the season, much less a nondescript interleague game. It was just another game, albeit one with an exciting finish. It didn’t seem to be just another game to him. Whatever.
Both Cleveland and Chicago have gained four games on us during interleague. Some years it works in our favor, but not this year.

Well, hopefully, I’ll be crying with joy tonight. On my way to the game. Go Tigers!!!!!!!

I used to cry just about every time Huff came to bat when he was with the Tigers. A total deadbeat with the bat.

Interleague has been a disaster this year for us.
At the game last night, I thought they were going to pull it out, 2006, 2009, 2010 we win that game, no mojo anymore.
Aubry huff can stick, he did 0 to help this team out he should of been crying when he couldn’t bat the speed limit in detroit. He was a terrible disappo8ntment and a waste of salary

That was a tough one yesterday. It’s a shame to not score enough runs to support a quality start like that. Other than JV they have been scarce lately.

I would hope we have a good hitters’ day against Zito. Zito is very hittable.
We certainly need some contribution from the ..200 RHB we have at the bottom of the order.

This team is close to contending–and by that I maean in September not because we are currently. With what we have now you can expect a 2nd half fade-away once again.
I still have faith in Porcello. Mainly because of his physical attributes, youth, intelligence and desire to succeed. Sometimes it takes a while for starters–it did for for Halladay, Koufax and Ryan.
Sherzer is a keeper too.
If I were DD I would declare Andy Oliver an “untouchable” and promptly trade him for a proven starter.
Not sure wht to make of the Guillen situation. My heart says we can tough this out and my head says go out and get a quality 2nd baseman now.

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