photo by Samara Pearlstein
Well, the Tigers just got no-hit by Matt Garza.
So…. that was awful.
And you know what? This just makes me feel even worse for poor Armando Galarraga. I don’t really care that his non-reaction to that mess turned into a touching Learning Experience for thousands of Little Leaguers. Seeing the Rays in that huge happy pileup just pounded home the awfulness of what the Tigers, and especially Armando, were denied.
It turned out to not be very relevant, given the ultimate outcome of the game, but while we’re on the subject of umpires ruining things for the Tigers… Jim Leyland was thrown out of this game early because of a Rays ‘steal’ that was very, VERY clearly an out at second. The ump was on the other side of the play and I guess he didn’t get a very good look at it, because it was not even borderline, but the guy was called safe. I am really starting to wonder what the Tigers did to get all these umpires so hell-bent on destroying them at every opportunity.
Sigh. Also: ugh.
Not to take anything away from Matt Garza, but the Tigers lineup tonight included Will Rhymes (yet to achieve his first big league hit), Ryan Raburn (batting .204), Don Kelly (.206), Gerald Laird (.182), and Danny Worth (.250 in limited action). Three or arguably four of those guys (depending on how you feel about Rhino) are really minor leaguers, and Brennan Boesch is a rookie in a major slump at the moment. So… whatever.
Let us also take a moment to reflect on poor Max Scherzer, who was throwing a no-hitter right alongside Garza until the 6th inning, when he walked two, one dude reached on catcher’s interference (Crawford may have nicked Laird’s glove on a swing), and Matt ‘Savior of Kittens’ Joyce hit a freaking grand slam. After that Bartlett singled and Scherzer was pulled from the game. How terrible do you think he feels right now? I’m going to go with “locking himself in the clubhouse toilet and silently crying his beautiful eyes out.”
I had a very busy weekend, and when I came back to Tigers baseball I was greeted with the wondrous news that everyone in the world is injured now. I reckon we need a moment to wallow separately in the horror of being no-hit for the first time in 20 years. We will get into the horror of an overloaded DL soon enough.