Sunday: Tigers vs. Indians

Here are the lineups for Por-baldo, part II:

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Rick Porcello

INDIANS

  1. Michael Brantley, LF
  2. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Carlos Santana, 1B
  6. Kosuke Fukudome, CF
  7. Jason Donald, 2B
  8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  9. Lou Marson, C

P: Ubaldo Jimenez

33 Comments

Por-Baldo part II………… :-)
Good lineup.

baldo….a great NL West pitcher……last year.

Seems like Ubaldo has been poor against everyone but us when he is Cy!

Porcello just screwed himself there, why he threw behind cabrera I don’t know, but he needs to pitch inside to be successful and well now, we will see. I don’t think asrubal cabrera did anything wrong. At least that we know about.

I guess Jubaldo ain’t so Cy today?

Neither is stupid Porcello! So mad right now!

Porcello had me for a second thinking he made some adjustments. He’s staked a 7-0 lead and that quickly evaporates????

Porcello needs to go away!

I know I’m conversing with myself on here today, but nobody else home today. But can we have 1 stinking Tigers pitcher show up today? Anybody want to do theirb stinking job?

&$:;(@+=^%#}|€£¥. That’s me mad and swearing

Looks like a strange algebraic formula on the foreign currency exchange rate.

Appearetly Smith is unhittable.

That was a horrible call at 3rd. Out at 1st now ( which he was). Typical tigers

So he left Coke to pitch to the LHBs and one of them had a hit.

Carrera? we were told on friday he was demoted to aaa to make room for Valbuena

Horrible baserunning by tigers! Nice Avila quality.

Seriously walk and a hit batter are you freaking kidding me! Are we going to see our first blown save

Nope, we saw Jackson get his 1st!

Well a win is a win, and I’m glad. But it doesn’t make ya feel real great how this one went!

I am wondering if that long 12-batter, 7-run inning cooled Porcello off too much. Up to that point he had 8 ground ball outs, 2 ground ball singles and 2 strikeouts. He had several low-in-the-strike area called balls by the ump. It seems like umpires just don’t see those low pitches as strikes like FoxTrax and Gameday see them. Yes, every time VV comes in now I am expecting the first blown save. JL used VV in a non-save situation game the other day and he did blow that one. When will JL learn that is not the time to use VV? It does seem like JL is going to use Santiago more and let Raburn burn up the bench. Even Maggs is sitting more often. Maybe JL was told, “Here is your extension for 2012 but if you don’t win the division in 2011 wecan still fire you..”

I disagree, Gk. This game was primed to be a disappointing loss but we uncharacteristically managed to hang on and pull it out. For that fact, I thought it was a huge win. The ending was more in your face exciting than any walkoff hit could ever be.
I didn’t get to see Porcello’s 4th inning because I lost the feed during a big thunderstorm here. I may look at that later. At any rate, his struggles mean we have 4 out of the last 5 being good starts. On the other hand, we’ve won 4 out of those 5 so that evened itself up. The sixth and final game of the stretch will be Verlander, but we’ll have to find a way to get some runs off of Niemann, who is tough. We have stretched our lead and that’s the bottom line.

Goll dang that was a game! Delmon has a good game – and for that matter AJ really impressed me with that assist. 4 1/2 games feels good but we gotta rough 7 game road trip here -> I’m hoping for 4 (2 Ws in both series).

Anyone heard any more updates on Victors ability to play catcher?

Amazing how many close games the Tigs find a way to win, seemingly always involving at least one HR.
VV’s tightrope is getting awfully stretched, forgot how many times I have thought in games he would blow the save. Feels like Rodney’s career year, though VV is in a different class with his career stats only just shaved by Rivera.
10 wins over 500 for the first time and 4.5 games now the biggest Tig lead. With the Indians having more games than days left, hopefully Chisox can continue to stay in 3rd until it becomes too late for a charge.

To me, this is why baseball is so exciting. The yardwork could wait. My daughter called me to see if I was watching and I said yes, it is 7-0. But the Indians did not give up. Yes I think it cooled Rick down but as Rod said he still has to pitch like it was a 0-0 game. Way too many 2-0 counts for the Tribe hitters. Sure, we were all thinking, Papa, how could you hit the guy with a 0-2 count? Perfect bunt, 2nd and 3rd, 1 out, how are we going to get out of this. A play at the plate, that’s how!

Leyland: “We kept trying to milk outs and almost ran out of milk.” That’s a good quote. It did feel that way, too. Each excruciating out by excruciating out. You never know what you’re going to get in any given baseball game.
Coincidentally, Alan Porter, the umpire who ran Leyland, is the guy I was heaping high praise upon a few weeks ago. I’m not backing off of that; I think he’s an outstanding young umpire even though he did appear to miss that call. It’s notable that the Joe West crew had been switched around after the earlier business this season. And I can’t use the word “outstanding” along with the name Joe West, unless it’s that he’s out standing in a field, as the old joke goes. Or as I’ve heard Hawk Harrelson yell out, “Oh Joe West, you need to RETIRE!!!” Hilarious when he does that.

That was an exciting game. Jackson made a great throw and got rid of the ball as quick as I have ever seem him on a fly ball. Also, it is easy to overlook Avila’s great job on plays at the plate. It is fun to watch his development. I hear and read a lot of nepotism complaints with the Tigers, but how many complaints would we hear if he was catching for the Indians.

Was at work, but checked on the score and it was 2-0. Then someone comes up to me and says the score is 5-0, then 5-2, someone else says 9-0. As soon as I got out the door I checked on my phone and saw it ended 8-7. What a relief. Now, after walking the dog for an hour, sitting in the comfort of my living room, I’ll be engrossed in watching every pitch and play of today’s win. Did see the play from Austin to the plate. My gawd, what a way to end a game. Fabulous!!!!!!!!!

Must have been a gut wrencher for the Bloggers here today. Lots of ups and downs to deal with.
To sweep a good and determined rival like this is simply a huge turn of events for the team. huge.
Glad to see JL played Betemit, I was ready for him to play the justification game with Inge coming back so strong yesterday. And Santiago was a logical choice today at 2nd.

“We kept trying to milk outs and almost ran out of milk.” Ranks right up there with George Costanza’s line about the jerk store calling…………certainly not as good as Yogi’s line about cash being as good as money……or pick any of them.
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Hey Dan, I never answered you question about Santiago’s play yesterday. His play as usual was superior to anyone else JL has played there. There was one poor play between him and Magglio where a pop up dropped between them for lack of communication. Other than that he’s been pickin’. Today again. He is their best option at second by far and offensively is suddenly seeing and driving the ball with authority. There were a number of players who stepped up this series but you could make a case for Ramon being the key guy. And because JL has “rested” him all season he is now good to go. The plan worked to perfection JL. Keep playing him.
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Papa Grande owes Austin and Alex a couple of dinners. I agree with you Rich, that catch and throwout at the pate was far more exciting than any walk off homer. If they tied it there I really felt Cleveland would have gone on to win it. Very exciting baseball game. Makes for a nice transition into the work week.

Ramon may have been better today than he was yesterday. Really solidifies that infield, that’s a fact.
I looked at the 4th inning a minute ago. Again, Rick got in trouble with pitches up in the zone. He was missing low and they were laying off to get the count in their favor. Just what you’d expect to see. I was concerned about him going in because he’d thrown all those bullpens trying to get his mechanics straightened out. Not there yet, I guess. They may have to consider a way to keep him away from Cleveland the rest of the way. Maybe give someone else a spot start. He’s not fooling those guys. I’ve also wondered if he isn’t being somewhat overcoached. There was talk about having him reach back to get more giddy-up on his fastball, and that was when he was going well. His best season was his first, although there would be many reasons for that. He didn’t strike me, when he first arrived, of a guy who could get so out of whack. I’m surprised.

I would have had to take a xanax today watching that game. OMG, what a gutwrencher. It would have drove me nuts. Fabulous game for all Tiger fans. That throw had to be perfect and it was. That was the good part.
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The bad………..I’m not sure if Rick wants the ball in October and I sure didn”t understand his throwing behind the back of that guy ie Jered Weaver tantrum. Huh? I just didn’t get it.

Overall, what a tremendous series for the Tigers! Congratulations, guys. You made us all proud. Thrilling game.

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