one small step for a few Tigers, one giant leap for Tigerkind

photo by Samara Pearlstein

The deficits were many (5 innings trailing, 6 trailing or tied). The extra-base hits were few (3, out of 12 total hits). The errors were numerous (3). But somehow the Tigers prevailed.

Yeah, the game was frustrating. The singles. The fact that two out of the three extra-base hits came from replacement batters. The errors. Oh, the molar-gnashing anguish of the errors. Really the only way in which this was a clean game was the lack of walks. Arrrrmando issued one, and that was it for Tigers pitching. It was generally not the kind of game that you want to see repeated against a team on a run like the Twins are (were?).

Still! After tonight, Granderson is batting .301/.351/.498. I know that OBP is not attractive, but when you consider the fact that he began the month batting .254/.313/.448, that’s pretty bloody good. Polanco and Sheff each had another couple of hits. The River homered AGAIN– I don’t need to remind you that he’s slugged .761 so far in June. Matt Joyce had a triple, making this the second night in a row where Tigers triples hit by unusual triple hitters have played a big role in the eventual victory. And this one wasn’t even hit in Comerica, so nobody can give the outfield all the credit.

Arrrrmando was solid, even if the defense behind him was very much NOT. Fossum was fine. Zoom was GREAT. I don’t think he threw a single pitch that wasn’t a fastball, but maybe he just didn’t have the feel for his offspeed pitch tonight? Getting Mauer at the end of the game was as crucial an out as you’ll see. I don’t know that this outing proved much about the return (or lack) of Zoom’s control, but it can only have helped his confidence, and I’m sure he felt good about being asked to pitch the 9th after getting out of the 8th.

It’s his first save of the year too. Not that that actually means anything, but again, I’m sure it makes him feel good.

The bad news? Cabrera had to leave with what the team is calling a ‘tight hip flexor’. Whatever, you can’t fool us, Tigers. It’s obviously a previously-undiscovered extension of the oblique muscle that he’s gone and pulled.

The good news? The Tigers are still 5 games behind the Wrong Sox, and are now just 2.5 games behind the second place Twinkies. If we can dome-raid this series, it will be MOST helpful indeed.

And hey! If you haven’t voted for the All Star game yet… well, it doesn’t actually matter a whit, but I think it would be nice to see Polanco go, don’t you? Since he’s hitting better than Pedroia and all.

Get on that, kids. Voting ends soon!

Tomorrow Nate goes up against the maker of pastry. Another 8:10 game, another chance to claw our way a little farther up in the division. Let us hope that Miggy’s hip flexor oblique decides to unkink. Go Tigers!


9 responses to “one small step for a few Tigers, one giant leap for Tigerkind

  1. I knew it! Hip flexor is just a fancier way of saying oblique.

  2. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
    How long will the effects last?
    The length of recovery depends on many factors such as your age, health, and if you have had a previous hip flexor injury. Recovery time also depends on the severity of the injury. A mild hip flexor strain may recover within a few weeks, whereas a severe injury may take 6 weeks or longer to recover. You need to stop doing the activities that cause pain until the hip has healed. If you continue doing activities that cause pain, your symptoms will return and it will take longer to recover.

  3. I was just reading the MVN Twins blog about this game, and I just have to say, thank you for being so…awesome. You, who leave no dangling participle. You, who craft a sentence with a scintillating infusion of statistics, and vary the length and structure of each.
    I don’t want to say anything bad about Twins fans, or their bloggers, but boy are we sure glad the Tigers have you on their side.

  4. This is kind of OT, but does anyone else think Carlos is trying to set some kind of record for stuffing the most chaw possible into his lower lip during the game?? I swear that sometime soon his lip is going to burst and chaw-spit is going to fly everywhere. It’s really pretty gross.

  5. god I hope Hip Flexor is not code. Not my Miggy!

  6. Leslie Monteiro

    I got a bone to pick with the Tigers, and I like to get your take.
    What was Carlos Guillen and Armando Galaragga thinking? I wonder why Guillen got upset at Perkins’ pitch in the first inning. That was way off. It wasn’t intentional. Guillen has played baseball enough to know that was way there. If this was nothing more than to get into Perkins’ head, it didn’t work. As for Galragga, it was one thing to shrug of that first hit-by-pitch, but to do it for the second time makes me wonder about his intentions. I am not sure why he threw at Mauer. That wasn’t necessary.

  7. David, it can only be an oblique. That, after all, is what Tigers injure.
    Adam, awwww, thanks! I do what I can.
    Phil, ugh, you would think ballplayers would be over that stuff by this day and age, but alas. And the hip flexor site assumes an actual injury to the hip flexor– what you gotta understand about baseball injuries like ‘strain’ is that, initially, they don’t mean anything. They can mean that the guy got a cramp in the muscle and just needs to relax for a day. Or they can mean that the muscle is tearing away from the bone and all hell is breaking loose. There’s just no way to know right now.
    tiff, everything is code for ‘oblique’.
    Leslie, Carlos got mad because the pitch was high. Perkins pitches inside, sure, but that does not make it OK in the eyes of the opposing team for him to pitch in the general vicinity of their heads. And obviously they want him to know that they don’t think it’s OK. As for Arrrrmando, he DIDN’T throw at Mauer’s head, so I don’t know what you’re complaining about.

  8. I was baffled by Carlos’ actions too. The thing is, it was clearly just a mistake by Perkins. He didn’t MEAN to throw the ball at Carlos’ noggin. It happens, get over it. With Galarrrrraga, I think he was just trying a little too hard to be the tough, I’m gonna protect my players kinda pitcher.

  9. Even a mistake pitch is going to draw glares from the batter if it’s near his head. Let’s not forget that Carlos HAS been beaned in the head before, and it was scary as all heck. With Arrrrrmando, yeah, of course it was posturing, but at least he threw at Mauer’s butt– one of the more padded parts of most any catcher. ;)

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