illustration by Samara Pearlstein
OK, so that wasn’t QUITE what I meant when I said that Kazmir/Armando had the potential to be a pitching duel. They DID manage to go nearly toe-to-toe anyways. Just… a bit messier than one might have expected from that initial matchup. See:
Kazmir: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 4 HR, 102 pitches/60 strikes
Armando: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 3 HR, 102 pitches/64 strikes
That’s actually kind of scary. Arrrrrrrrmando gave up one extra run, but he threw the same number of pitches as Kazmir in 2.2 more innings, thus giving his bullpen significantly less time to come in and muck it all up. And that’s what did the Rays in here. Hammel and Bradford did all kinds of mucking, while the Tigers were blessed (?) with 1.1 innings of The Good Fernando.
Throw in some wacky power – home runs from kittens Mike Hessman and Dusty Ryan, a homer for Granderson, and two homers for Ramon Santiago, of all cats – and you’ve got yourself a completely unexpected Tigers victory. It’s nice to see the team more or less remember how to play, and it was lovely to get Arrrrrmando his 13th (!!) win of the season.
And of course, as a Red Sox fan, I am very interested in seeing the Rays struggle right now, so… double incentive to hang tough, Tigers!
Friday, 7:05 pm EDT, Justin Verlander vs. Andy Sonnanstine. He’s from Ohio. Boo x infinity. Go Tigers!