The Tigers are getting ready to take the field and it looks like Virgil Vazquez is going to get the start for Detroit. The rest of the lineup consists of the Tigers regulars except behind the backstop where you have Vance Wilson. I’m sure this will all change by, say, the fourth inning.
Virgil Vazquez is all over the place. He walked the first two batters then he picked up a strikeout but he still has to pitch himself out of an early jam.
Well, I’m not sure what’s happening but the game feed is no longer working. I checked the weather in Lakeland and it looks fine.
Okay, the feed isn’t working but it looks like Curtis Granderson hit a lead off homerun in the first inning to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Unless the feed comes back up, this will be the last update and I’ll just do a quick recap once the games done.
Alright, we’re back in business. The Tigers scored six runs in the second inning and they’ve now shuffled just about everybody. Cameron Maybin is out in center and Marcus Thames is getting some time at first base. Neifi Perez of all people had a bases loaded clearing double and he has three RBIs. Virgil Vazquez was very good after he gave up those two walks. He gave up only one hit and those two walks in his two innings of work. Todd Jones also got an inning of work and he was perfect in the third.
The Tigers scored three more in the fourth. Two scored on a throwing error by the third baseman and then Ryan Rayburn doubled home Marcus Thames. Rayburn was stranded at second when Kody Kirkland flew out. The score is now 10-0 and I’m wondering if there’s a mercy rule. Oh yeah, Jose Mesa threw a shutout fourth. Don’t get to used to that.
Things have calmed down and now they’re winding down in Lakeland. The Tigers still lead 10-0 and it’s now the bottom of the eighth. Edward Campusano just struck out two in the eighth and Kyle Sleeth also threw an inning. The last hit by Florida Southern came in the sixth off of Jason Grilli.