Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins
Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, June 15, 2013
First Pitch: 7:15 p.m. EDT
(DET) Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 2.65 ERA)
(MIN) Samuel Deduno (2-1, 3.47 ERA)
Tonight's Detroit Tiger's starting lineup: Austin Jackson CF Andy Dirks LF Miguel Cabrera 3B Prince Fielder 1B Victor Martinez DH Jhonny Peralta SS Don Kelly RF Omar Infante 2B Alex Avila C
Hello. I hope that you are having a terrific weekend!
The Tigers picked up a win over the Minnesota Twins last night, in fact, they shut them out, 4-0. Rick Porcello pitched another good game (7 INN/3H/0ER/5K) and notched another quality start on his glove. The Tigers are stringing quality starts together like pearls on a necklace.
I become more impressed by this starting rotation everyday! Don’t you?
The Tigers managed only five hits in the game.
But what is unusual is that all of them were doubles. Prince Fielder connected for two, Jhonny Peralta had two of them and Victor Martinez had one.
Fans of the legendary radio voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, are familiar with his remark, “deuces are wild!” when there are a number of two’s that appear on the scoreboard in a game.
Each two-base hit occurred in the sixth inning with two outs. Fielder had two RBI’s scoring Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera to make the score 2-0. Alex Avila (in an awful funk these days) struck out twice.
Deuces certainly were wild last night!
As you know, Austin Jackson was back in a Tiger’s uniform! It was good to see him back in action and in the lead-off spot. His night could have been better. He was 0-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored. He will warm up as the days go on. That you can count on!
Anibal Sanchez missed his last start because of shoulder stiffness. He will be on the mound tonight looking to pick up his seventh win of the season. In his last start against Tampa Bay, he earned the win by pitching seven innings. He allowed one run and struck out nine men.
In the last five games against the Twins, dating back to August 2012, he is 1-2 with two no-decisions. He has allowed nine runs and struck out 33 batters.
Overall, in 2013, he is 6-5 with a 2.65 ERA. Two more strikeouts (which I assume he will have no problem getting tonight) will give him 100 this season!
Joe Mauer and Pedro Florimon are problems for Sanchez. Keeping those two contained isn’t an easy task. If he can do it, Sanchez can easily earn another win tonight!
“I don’t know what the (expletive) these people want.”
By now you have heard about Jim Leyland’s expletive-filled answers to the “closer questions” that the press was asking him.
“Who the (expletive) should I be closing with? I mean, do they want some rookie kid? I don’t understand that.”
I think it is uncalled for. Minimizing fans concerns about a team that families pay hundreds of dollars to watch play ball isn’t the answer. I understand that he is sensitive to that subject (like he is the subject of batting orders) but going off on everyone who mentions it is asinine.
Here is a link to USA Today which carried the story, if you’re interested. USA TODAY
GO GET ‘EM TIGERS!!