Friday, August 28, 2009

Bottom of Order Lifts Tigers

The bottom of the Tigers order has not exactly carried its weight in the second half but they did the job tonight leading the Tigers to a 6-2 win over the Rays. The middle of the order was quiet but Brandon Inge, Gerald Laird and Adam Everett combined for five hits and five RBI. Lead-off hitter Curtis Granderson also added two hits. Curtis has gone 7 for 24 with 5 extra base hits since being benched for two games after a 0 for 13 spell.

Rick Porcello threw over 100 pitches for the first time this year reaching 104 before being removed with two outs in the fifth inning. The rookie right-hander allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings. Brandon Lyon threw two perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts to help preserve the victory. In case anyone has not noticed, Lyon has been tremendous since June. Brandon has a 1.32 ERA and a 36/11 K/BB ratio in 41 innings since June 1.

The Tigers have now won three of four from tough oppoents this week and increased their lead to 4 1/2 games tonight. The new second place team is the Twins who beat the Rangers 3-2 tonight and have won eight of their last ten. The White Sox fell to 5 back losing 5-2 to the Yankees in extra innings.

3 comments:

  1. http://bit.ly/1J2MVR

    did you see this article, seem like the kind of stats that you would find interesting

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  2. Thanks Titus. Those are some crazy statistics for Mark Reynolds. It's amazing that he can strike out so much and still be so productive.

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  3. I have to disagree with putting strike outs in this --- in the strictest sense --- you can strike out and get to first on a pass ball.

    all and all, I can see why Carlos Pena at bat with the bases loaded has to really intimidate a pitcher

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