Friday, June 25, 2010

Nice Debut for Andy Oliver but Tigers Lose 3-1

Andy Oliver had a very impressive major league debut tonight allowing just two runs in six innings versus the hot hitting Atlanta Braves.  He allowed five hits and just one walk and struck out four.  Carlos Guillen's failure to turn a double play ball in the second led to one run.  The other run scored on a homer by Braves catcher Brian McCann.

According to Brooks Baseball, Oliver's fastball averaged over 94 MPH and reached as high as 97 MPH.  That is really fast for a southpaw.   While he threw his hardest in the earlier innings, he did reach 96 MPH on one pitch in his final inning of work. He threw 97 pitches in all.  His arsenal also includes a slider and change-up.

Unfortunately for Oliver and the Tigers, Kris Medlen and four relievers held the Tigers to just one first inning run.  They scored in the first on singles by Ramon Santiago, Miguel Cabrera and Bennan Boesch.  Billy Wagner got his 400th career save by striking out the side in the ninth.

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