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BP on the Tigers and Johan Santana

Rany Jazayerli wrote a fantastic two part article on how the Tigers went from rock bottom in 2003 to the best team in baseball in 2006.  You can check out part 1 and part 2.  Great stuff.

Jeremy Bonderman has been very good tonight.  Unfortunately, Johan Santana has been even better.  Bonderman gave up a run in the first inning and that’s been the extent of the scoring.  He’s now in trouble in the sixth with runners on first and second and one out.  Hopefully he’ll be able to get out of this jam.


Not only did Jeremy Bonderman get out of that jam (he eventually loaded the bases), the Tigers now have tied the game up.  Brent Clevlen led off the sixth with a triple and Placido Polanco singled him home.  1-1 in the sixth.


It didn’t take long for the Twins to take the lead back.  A two out infield single by Luis Castillo scored Josh Rabe.  Bonderman did strike out the side in that inning.  Now the Tigers have the lead off man aboard (Carlos Guillen walked) with Marcus Thames up.  Johan has a 100 pitches and I’ll be glad to see him gone.

Thames just struck out as I was writing.  Now it’s up to Brandon Inge.


That didn’t take long.  Inge hit a huge two run shot down the left field line.  Tigers are now up 3-2.


Justin Morneau took Joel Zumaya deep for a two run shot in the top of the eighth, so the Twins are back on top.  One of those runs is credited to Jamie Walker after walking the lead off hitter, Mauer.


Still 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth.  Some mixed news out of Toledo.  Mike Maroth started his rehab assignment, which is definitely good.  The bad news is, he got shelled.  He gave up three runs on three hits (two of which were homeruns) and two walks in only three innings.  He threw 60 pitches, which I’m assuming is right around where they wanted him to be at.  Fortunately, the Mud Hens came back and won the game 5-4.


Joe Nathan put the Tigers down in order so the final is 4-3 Twins.  Fortunately, it looks like the White Sox are going to lose.  Day off tomorrow and then three against the White Sox this weekend.

Absolutely inexcusable walk by Jamie Walker, putting Mauer on base for Morneau, one of the top home run hitters in the league. The one quasi-weakness in Mauer’s game is that the power has yet to really develop. He has 10 homers this year. It makes way more sense to lay a cookie in there for Mauer than it does to walk him. A stunning display if baseball ineptitude.

All in all, it’s passable to have taken one of the games in this series, given who we had to face. It would have been nice, but I certainly don’t expect them to go out there and pound Santana into submission. As long as this doesn’t become a slide, losing one game overall is no big deal.

Posted by Dan on August 9th, 2006 at 7:23 pm

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