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Tigers Come Back Against Angels, Then Lose In Ten

It’s hard to believe the Tigers even had the lead in this game after being down 7-0.  They fought back though and they didn’t just tie the game, they took the lead in the ninth with a two run homer by Magglio Ordonez.  Unfortunately, Todd Jones blew his second save of the season and gave up a run in the ninth and then gave up another run in the tenth to lose it 9-8.  Two errors on consecutive plays by Carlos Guillen in the first inning (both of which should have been double plays) ended up coming back to haunt the team because those three runs ended up being the difference.

Magglio Ordonez had a really nice game at the plate.  He went three for three with three RBIs, three runs and two walks.  Gary Sheffield scored two runs and Curtis Granderson hit a solo homerun, but he also struck out four times.

Jeremy Bonderman lasted six innings and while he struck out eight, he took it on the chin.  He gave up seven runs with five of them earned on eleven hits and a walk.  Fernando Rodney had a nice outing and he threw two perfect innings of relief and he struck out three.

So now the Tigers hop on a plane to take on the White Sox in Chicago.  Chad Durbin will try to get it done and his spot in the rotation may be on the line and he’ll face rookie John Danks in a rematch of Friday’s starters.

Should have had more runs…

They come back with one in the fourth (that should have been more if not for a double play), three in the sixth (that could have been more had Pudge got on his horse), one in the seventh (another inning ending double play) and one in the eighth (though they sent seven batters to the plate) to put them down by just a run.

Any one of those outcomes change, and the Tigers are up by one or two going into the 9th inning. Jones gets more time to get ready, and the outcome might be different.

Nice to see Rodney pitch well, though…He should have gotten the win.

Posted by chris on April 25th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

No one points out that Jones DOESN’T STRIKE ANYONE OUT. He can expect a BABIP of .300 or higher if he doesn’t strike anyone out, and that’s not including homers. He doesn’t give up many homers, but when the average hitter against you is like a .300 hitter, you’re going to blow saves. Why does no one understand this? Let me guess…you’re not going to say a single thing about it, are you, Brian?

We can’t expect almost everyone to play near his peak every year.

Posted by Dan on April 25th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

From a recent BP chat:

lemppi (apple valley, mn): Would you sacrifice some of Sean Casey’s defense to get Marcus Thames some steady AB’s? Or would you recall Chris Shelton who is hitting .340 in AAA? Also where would you rank Polanco among AL 2Bs? Thanks.

Marc Normandin: If the Tigers found out about how much I love Marcus Thames, I think they’d throw a restraining order my way.

He’s not much for average of on-base, but he’s probably the best pure power hitter on the team, now that Sheffield’s offensive production can be expected to come up a little shorter than he normally displays. The Tigers need Thames in that lineup just as badly as they need Casey out of it; the fact that it hasn’t happened yet is bothersome.

I profiled Thames at my blog last season, for those of you who are interested. It isn’t quite as extensive as the ones I’ve done here, since it was one of the first few I wrote up.

Posted by Dan on April 25th, 2007 at 4:47 pm

hey brian…Does rodney have any minor league options left?

Posted by Darryl on April 25th, 2007 at 9:15 pm

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