Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tigers Sweep Twins in Metrodome

Tigers Sweep Twins in Metrodome: There's a title you don't see too often. I'm not sure when that last happened but the Metrodome has been a thorn in the Tigers side for years. All three games were one run victories: 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 in 10 innings. I was working at home today but only saw bits and pieces of this one. Here are my thoughts:
  • Timo Perez went 1 for 4 with a walk and scored the winning run in his Tigers debut. Given Perez's track record, I'd rather see Ryan Raburn in the line-up but Jim Leyland went with the left-handed batter against the right-handed Scott Baker today. I'm not sure whether or not it will be a strict platoon.
  • Bonderman was fairly sharp for 6 innings (just one run allowed) but ran into trouble in the 7th when he gave up 2 runs. One run scored when Curtis Granderson lost track of the ball against the white dome and it barely landed over the baggy for a home run. I think he would have had it if he been able to see it. It was a typical Metrodome moment.
  • The Tigers bullpen pitched well in another close game. Today, Bobby Seay, Zach Miner and Todd Jones pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
  • Brandon Inge went 2 for 5 and doubled in the eventual game winning run in the 10th. It was good to see him getting a big hit against the very tough Joe Nathan.
  • After a grueling two weeks of games versus playoff contenders and one crazy ballpark, the Tigers go home to face the Royals for a 3 game series. This should be an easy one but we all know it doesn't always work that way.

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