Im gonna be honest, I am not the biggest Brandon Inge fan in the world. But I think I speak for every Tigers fan right now when I say, “Brandon, THANK YOU”. Inge hit a huge dinger that sent me jumping up and down and celebrating a big 4-3 victory in Houston. This feels like one of those games you look back at in October and say, “that was the turning point for this team.” Especially with the Twins and White Sox winning today it was huge to maintain the 4 game lead. I’ll be back later with a more in-depth reaction.
Well that was brutal. Alfredo Figaro didn’t fare to well in his second career start and the offense was dead silent as the Astros defeated the Tigers 8-1 Sat night. This one was rough from the beginning when Michael Bourn lead off the game with a bunt single. The Tigers had no answer for Felipe Paulino striking out what seemed like 100 times managing only three hits, one of which was a Ramon Santiago solo shot in the third inning. I am very happy Miguel “Purjury” Tejada is in the National League because the Tigers simply cannot get him out.
Bright Points: 1. Alfredo Figaro did actually pitch well enough to win save for the 5 run third inning. He only allowed one run in his last three innings which was a good response even though the game was already over.
2. Ramon Santiago continues his rare surge of power belting his 6th homer of the season to then cut a 2-0 lead in half.
3. The Minnesota Twins were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 so the Tigers maintain a
4 game lead in the American League Central.
On Deck: Tigers @ Astros June 27 2:05 ET
Edwin Jackson (6-4) vs. Russ Ortiz (3-3)
Hopefully the Tigers salvage a win in this series tomorrow to get some momentum heading to the west coast. I’ll have thoughts about the current road swing and preview tomorrows game tomorrow morning.
Tigers (41-32 1st AL Central) Astros (34-37)
1.Granderson CF 1. Bourn CF
2. Polanco 2B 2. Keppinger 3B
3. Cabrera 1B 3. Tejada SS
4. Thames LF 4. Lee LF
5. Kelly RF 5. Berkman 1B
6. Inge 3B 6. Pence RF
7. Laird C 7. Matsui 2B
8. Santiago SS 8. Quintero C
9. Figaro P 9. Paulino P
Tigers Starting Pitcher: Alfredo Figaro (1-0) 3.60 ERA
Last outing Figaro struck out 7 Brewers over 5 innings to earn his first career win in his first career start last Saturday. After witnessing him in person a week ago, this young righty has a mean fastball topping out at around 97mph. He will look to put together back to back quality starts and move to 2-0 in his career.
Final thoughts: It would be really great for this team if Figaro can e another solid outing to give this team another good young starter. The Tigers can stretch their lead in the AL Central back to 5 games because of the Twins loss earlier today at St. Louis. The Tigers can move back to 10 games over .500 with a win which is a season high.
Last night with the Tigers clinging to a 1 run lead with one out and the bases loaded Magglio hit into an inning ending double play squadering the Tigers best chance to put the game away. There is a serious problem here, Ordonez needs to start getting those timely hits we are used to or I think its time to let him go. I know he cut his hair and he hit the eventual game winning home run two days ago against the Cubs which was great but he needs to snap to it and start driving in runs especially with the bases loaded. I was against rushing him back so soon especially because without him the Tigers were 4-0 but to me it just doesnt look like its working. I’ll be interested to see how he hits the rest of this series in Houston and hopefully he comes up big tonight and tomorrow.
After Miggy Cabrera’s mammoth dinger that would still be going in any other ballpark and Placido Polanco’s rare 3 run shot the Tigers looked as if they were still rolling. With Verlander on the mound it seemed like a sure W. But then the Tigers left 11 runners including squandering a bases loaded 1 out situation in the 5th and couldn’t add on any more runs. Verlander didn’t bring his best stuff but still deserved to win handing the bullpen a 1 run lead in the 6th. Zach Miner came in and held strong but Joel Zumaya couldn’t find the strike zone in the eighth and it cost them as Miguel Tejada continues his ritual of killing the Tigers with the game winning sac fly in the eighth. Tough loss snapping a seven game winning streak but the team played well just couldn’t finish the job.