And I’ll be there. Clemens goes for a historic milestone. And although it’s not out of reach, but it hasn’t been publicized, he needs only 15 strikeouts for 4,000.
And for all the grief the Yankees get about spending so much, and an uneven playing field with their TV contract, the Yankees are the biggest draw on the road. Even without the Clemens game, Comerica park will probably have at least twice as many people there then an average weekend this year.
I went to the May 16 game at Comerica Park. Tigers played the Mariners. We had great seats. Literally four rows behind the Tiger’s dugout.
Bonderman threw for the Tigers, and Meche threw for the Mariners. It was hard to get a read on the pitching, because we had no idea what was a strike or not because we saw everything from the side. Bonderman threw well for five innings, including striking out the side in the first. Then in the sixth, the wheels came off the wagon, and it was downhill from there.
Probably one of the funniest parts of the game was when Sparks came in. Whenever he got above 80 mph with his “fastball,” we would yell “Give him the heater!!!.”
Maybe the Tigers will win next time I’m there.
The Tigers played a good all around game in this one. Cornejo had a quality start, the pen came in and did their job, and the Tigers took advantage of Orioles’ errors and turned them into runs.
What may have been significant in this one was how the Tigers worked the count in the first inning. They forced Johnson to throw around 25 pitches. They didn’t score in the first, but this could have had an impact later in the game.
“Bob and I talked to Matt,” Trammell said. “He’s going to be used in other situations. I’m not having a closer for a while.”
This is like a Leno spot in the waiting. Do the Tigers really need a closer?
Ironically, Anderson had saves in all three Tigers victories. I thought they’d stick with him because they wanted to boost his trade value (In my mind, German is the eventual closer), but I guess they have to give him some innings to get his ERA down.
With Saturday’s loss, the Tigers have now tied the 1988 Baltimore Orioles for most losses with only three wins.
And what a way to go down. Three players who were on the Tigers last year, Damion Easley, Chris Truby, and George Lombard, all got hits in the top half of the tenth that lead to the Tigers eventual demise.
In what’s probably the most disappointing loss of the season, Mike Maroth throws 7 innings of no hit ball (in fact the only guy to reach base was hit by a pitch), then the door comes off its hinges and he gives up four hits in the seventh. Matt Anderson comes in to try to stop the bleeding, and gets summarily whipped as well. Jamie Walker can’t get his guy out. So it took four Tigers pitchers in the seventh to get the final out.
And in the first game of the doubleheader, a most unusual occurance happened. B.J. Ryan comes in and picks Infante off of first base in the seventh inning. He then gets replaced in the beginning of the eighth, and without throwing a single pitch, earns a victory.