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Halladay Wins 21st, Tigers Shut Out

I had fun at the game last night. In the first inning, I sat in the outfield bleachers, and Fox Sports announcers Rod Allen and Mario Impebna were doing the game from out there. After that, I came and sat about 20 rows up just to the right of home plate. At 8:15, I called my wife and walked down there and waved to her, getting on television. Then I move to the other side of home plate and sat 8 rows back. From that view point, I wasn’t watching the game through the net, but was watching it through the plexiglass behind home plate.

Halladay was impressive. You could see how much his pitches were breaking from 20 rows back. The Tigers got to him early, with lead off doubles in the first and second innings, but never could get on the board.

One design flaw I never noticed at Comerica Park is right behind home plate there’s a tunnel where the grounds crew comes out. Those normally would be prime seats. Why they didn’t have the grounds crew come out of the side, like I believe they did at Tiger Stadium, is beyond me. You have around 8 seats missing right behind there where a lot of people would like to watch a ball game.

There were more people at the game then I would have thought for a Wednesday night. I don’t know if it was Halladay pitching or what. They didn’t sell the place out, but 11,000+ is better then the 9,000 they had the night before.

And with that, the Tigers lose 113. The find the last AL team to lose that many games, you’d have to go way back to the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics, who lost 117 that year. The Tigers now need to win 5 of 10 to avoid any kind of distinction.

And the Twins take a commanding 2.5 game lead in the AL West. The final game in the AL west showdown between the Twins and White Sox is now almost a must win for the White Sox if they want to stay alive.

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