On a night where many were calling for a PPD, Rain after the first, Max Scherzer battled through 7 innings giving up only 2 (lighthearted) “conspiracy” laden runs on a 2-out, 2-strike single by Lonnie Chisenhall following a 20 minute rain delay in the second. Inquiring minds wanted to know – why was the game even started? I’ll leave that one to our U of M readers whose disdain for Ohio is bound to result in some creative answers. I’ll just say, “Cleveland, you’re suspect!”
Kidding aside, the skies above Cleveland got Progressively more annoying as the night rolled on, doing Max no favors in his quest to become the first pitcher since Clemens in ‘86 to start a season 14-0. On the bright side, Scherzer ended up with a no-decision, meaning there’s still a chance at he’ll get there before the All-Star break. On the brighter side, Victor Martinez sent a loud message to those who’d have him moved down in the order, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and delivering a huge 400 foot, 2-out, 2-run double to put the Tigers up 4-2 in the 10th.
Victor says, “callate”, comment board jockeys.
With the season Max has had and the Tigers 2nd STRAIGHT NIGHT OF LATE-INNING CLUTCH BATS, we can’t really complain about an all around solid performance from our 2013 first-half Ace (7 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K’s), despite not getting win 14. Mother nature is a woman. And, like Nuke LaLoosh says, women do get “wooly”.
A night that began on a weary note for fans of the away team turned into a pleasant surprise and a series win against the Tigers closest division rival. Heck, even a Dirks pinch hit for the ever-more-popular Tuiasosopo that would normally draw the wrath of Tuesday morning 97.1 callers worked out for Skip. Because baseball. After ten innings of damp thoughts from a fan base that has come to expect the worse of our team in close games, the Tigers pulled off a big win against the league leaders in 1-run wins (18). Who can make sense of these things and why do we even try?
This one was nutty indeed. One where two “LMAO” moments from Tigers fan punching bag Nick Swisher were almost as rewarding as the three big hits that lead to the Tigers victory. Despite a lazy bit of running that could have led to a 2 run lead in the 2nd inning, we do have to give credit to Jhonny Peralta for a nice RBI double that kicked off the scoring for the good guys. Back from a DL, Matt Tuiasosopo delivered a critical game-tying solo shot in the 4th that would end up keeping Scherzer’s streak alive (Fa’afetai, Tui!!) and Victor Martinez (as touched on) got to Matt Albers, after 2-out walks to Cabrera and Fielder, punishing a double to the wall in center that would put the Tigers ahead for good. Wet, wild and just good enough, Joaquin Benoit got his 7th save of the season after allowing 2 base runners and another hit to the vexing Michael Brantley. A save’s a save, especially when you’re not the Big Potato. 10 innings, 4 runs for the Tigers, 2 for the Tribe.
The Tigers will head home leading the Central by 3.5. They’ll play 3 against the last place White Sox who have lost 3 in a row and 8 of their last 10. In other words, we’re probably in for a tight series.
In closing, I leave you with Lemons and Lemonade.
•Peralta not hustling on the base paths for what should have been run #2 in the 2nd, after an infield hit from Pena.
•The Indians Doppler of choice.
•Torii’s 0-5 night at the plate.
•Omar’s injury – (CURSE YOU, RASMUS)
•Jhonny’s one hit was a critical RBI.
•Mother nature likes laughing at Nick Swisher too.
•Torii’s still not Boesch.
•How long can a bruised shin really last? Right? AmIRite?
•TUI, TUI, TUI.
•The Tigers have won 7 of their last 11 and are 6-2 in July… plus they’re scoring late!