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Tigers Lose in Ten

The Tigers lost their home opener today in ten innings to the Blue Jays.  Jeremy Bonderman got into some major trouble in the first inning and gave up three runs before calming down.  He then went on to throw five shutout innings to get the Tigers back into the game.  Gary Sheffield hit two sac. flies and the other run scored on one of Placido Polanco’s three singles.

The game went into extra frames tied 3-3 until Fernando Rodney got into trouble.  He got Reed Johnson to ground out but then the trouble began.  He gave up a single then he walked Vernon Wells before he hit Frank Thomas to load the bases up.  A single and a squeeze play later and the Jays had a 5-3 lead, which would stand.

Curtis Granderson also had a decent day at the plate.  He went two for five with a run and only one strikeout.  Joel Zumaya walked two but he didn’t give up a hit in two scoreless frames while Todd Jones pitched a scoreless ninth.

It’ll be Nate Robertson on Wednesday.  I was thinking about trying to make it down on Thursday but it’s not going to happen.  On top of that, it’s supposed to really cool down and not even get up to 40.

What is the point of having Thames on the bench if you aren’t going to use him in a game like this. Can you imagine Neifi coming up in the 11th with the game on the line. Sigh…another year of incompetent field managment, except this time everything else won’t go our way. Get ready to finish in third place.

Posted by Dan on April 2nd, 2007 at 12:41 pm

Why was Granderson hitting against BJ Ryan? I’m sure you remember that Granderson led the league in strikeouts last year, and Ryan has struck out 12 men per nine innings in the last three years. Also, Granderson hit .218/.277/.395 of of lefties last year. If they are going to move him off the leadoff spot against lefty starters, why are they going to send him in against the best lefty strikeout pitcher with the game on the line. Do I have to look forward to another year of this kind of garbage?

Posted by Dan on April 2nd, 2007 at 12:50 pm

You’re such an optimist Dan. And a great fan.

Posted by Brian on April 2nd, 2007 at 3:09 pm

I think Thames would have hit for Neifi and then taken over first base. Guillen would have moved back to short.

As far as Granderson, with 0 out and 0 on, he’s got as good a chance as anyone else. If we still had Alexis Gomez, I might have let him bat.

Posted by chris on April 3rd, 2007 at 6:12 am

Chris, are you kidding me? As good a chance as whom? What is your reasoning?

Posted by Dan on April 4th, 2007 at 9:40 am

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