Tigers, Tigers, Burning Bright: Yanks-Tigers Gamer I

It seems that every year there’s a team that defies expectations, achieving far more than what anyone might have predicted for them. This year it’s the Tigers, leaders of the AL Central and holders of MLB’s best record, at 35-15. It’s a huge turnaround for the team, and if you want to know how it’s happening, look no further than the runs allowed column. Tiger pitchers (with help from their spacious home ballpark) have allowed opponents just 178 runs this year—that’s 25 fewer than the next lowest (St. Louis) and 37 fewer than the 2nd best AL club (the ChiSox). This afternoon, the Yankees face one of the team’s several success stories, Jeremy Bonderman (5-3, 4.57), a 23-year-old flamethrower already in his 4th full season. He’ll face Randy Johnson, who continues to try and reinvent/find himself. Everyone in Yankeeland is watching closely to see what Johnson brings; his season will do much to shape that of his team. Let’s hope for the best. In the meanwhile, this is your place for comment on all the action on a lovely Memorial Day. Post away!

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  • Damon + flying bat out. And now Jeets throws his into the seats. Yikes!

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:07 pm
  • And Jeets ks.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:09 pm
  • And Sheff grounds out deep into the hole. Nice play by Guillen. On comes Randy.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:10 pm
  • And a good start for RJ after the nice pick by Alex. 3u/3d.
    Back to O.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:15 pm
  • Polanco playing in short right perfectly positioned to nab the Giambi dunker.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:18 pm
  • And A-Rod pulls an outside pitch into a 5-3 out. This preceeding a very generous strike call on a low curve.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:19 pm
  • Bonderman get another borderline pitch against Jorge, who’s back in the lineup. The Jorge Ks on the slider/curve in the dirt. Tough pitch.
    Could be a tough day for hitters, with help from the umps, solid pitching, and a big park….

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:21 pm
  • A-Rod gobbles up a Magglio grounder.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:23 pm
  • Carlos Guillen: most underated player in baseball? Rj puts him on his back.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:24 pm
  • Guillen takes the outside pitch deep to right. Sheff makes it look interesting.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:25 pm
  • And Sheff makes a routine fly out to deep center into an acrobatic leaping grab! At least it’s an out. Most ballparks that’s a dinger. Boy is Comerica big.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:27 pm
  • Cano breaks up the Bonderman no-no with a grounder through the left side. Nice hitting.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:30 pm
  • TLong (what is he still doing here?) hits into the FC. Cano out at 2nd.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:32 pm
  • Cabrera up the middle! 1st and 3rd.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • Damon up the middle! Cano scores! Cabrera hustling, gets to 3rd (the park is so deep, your centerfielder has to play back).

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:37 pm
  • Singleton on my wavelength!

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:37 pm
  • Liking the way theygh’re approaching Bonderman this inning, just trying to make contact and get one through. Jeet’s is safe!!

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • Jeter hits into the FC. Tigers blow the FC with so much speed along the paths. Cabrera scores. 2-0.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • Sheff out 5-4. Nice play by Inge deep.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:40 pm
  • I had to go to the mattresses w/my wife over watching this game today because it will delay our trip to the beach by 3 hours. I hope the Bomber’s don’t make me regret it.

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 1:41 pm
  • I think I’d rather be at the beach! Meanwhile, 2 quick outs for the Unit.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:45 pm
  • Where was that?!

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:46 pm
  • All of a suddent the strike zone has disappeared. Inge steals on what was clearly a strike, but called a ball. Third strike RJ loses this inning. And now a walk.
    Gotta worry about the Unit losing his composure here, and with 2 on. Big fella’s gotta hold it together.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:50 pm
  • And Thames grounds to third for the 5-4 fc. Nice. RJ held on there.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:53 pm
  • Thank god, AROD to second, end of the 3rd

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 1:53 pm
  • YF,
    If Unit can get past 4, it bodes well. They just posted his numbers for the season after 4 innings, Opponent’s Avg .212 ERA 3.03. He settles down well if he can get through 4 I guess

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 1:56 pm
  • Giambi drills one off Shelton’s glove. He’s not exactly Don Mattingly over there.
    A-Rod then hits into the DP. 5-4-3.
    After the last inning, RJ walked off the field having a conversation with home plate ump Rick Reed. I hope that was civil. If it was, it’s good that he went over to straighten things out with the ump. Let’s hope.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • Jorge drills one into the center. Cano follows with a single of his own.

    YF May 29, 2006, 1:59 pm
  • TLong walks.

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:01 pm
  • Why the hell is T.Long DH’ing. Phillips seems such the better option. Bases juiced for Melky.

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:01 pm
  • Ahhh, he drills it right to Shelton.

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • Melky drills one to Shelton, who actually catches it this time. Damn.

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • God only knows why TLong is DHing. I’d rather see Cabrera DHing. But I guess Joe figures he saves AP to spell Giambi, and Cabrera to spell an infielder, if nec. So with the thin bench…..

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:06 pm
  • Cabrera = Cairo. Sorry. It’s either Long or Bernie as DH. I guess Bernie needed a day off.

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:08 pm
  • RJ blows one past IRod. Hi heat.

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • Another nice play from A-Rod. Earning his money with the leather today.

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • RJ’s best inning by far. Great sequence to K Carlos Guillen, first coming inside hard, and then with the slider on the outside for the k.

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:11 pm
  • RJ looks good today.

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:11 pm
  • Bernie’s not so hot against rightys either.

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:13 pm
  • Sheff!

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:16 pm
  • C’mon Giambi, show me that player of the week form!

    walein May 29, 2006, 2:18 pm
  • Irod almost picks Sheff off first. What an arm.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:19 pm
  • It’s annoying here. They promoted this game on the west coast on FSN…and instead they’re showing Kan. v Neb…with the aluminum bats.

    walein May 29, 2006, 2:20 pm
  • Bonerman squeezed on the pitch to Giambi. 2 on for Alex.

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:20 pm

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:20 pm
  • Classic Giambi slump. 0-2 with the walk.

    walein May 29, 2006, 2:21 pm
  • Can we “get” to a pitcher anymore after the 2nd or 3rd inning? It seems every pitcher in baseball “settles down” against us.

    walein May 29, 2006, 2:22 pm
  • ARod! single to left. Scores a run.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:22 pm
  • AROD; NICE!!!

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:23 pm
  • A-Rod smokes a 2-strike pitch to center. Sheff scores. So much for the conference on the mound.

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:23 pm
  • JORGIE!!!!!!!

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:24 pm
  • Giambi scores on a single from Jorge! Arod to third.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:24 pm
  • I consider it clutch…any dissenters?

    walein May 29, 2006, 2:24 pm
  • And now a bloop for Jorge scores Giambi. Boy do they have to play deep in Comerica.

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:24 pm
  • Runners on the corner’s for Robbie

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:24 pm
  • Inning over on a high pop out from Cano to left. Yankees 4, Tigers 0.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:25 pm
  • 2 on, 2 out – def. clutch

    yankeemonkey May 29, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • Walein, w/2 outs. I concur, clutch. Especially when they only have two runs on the board.

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • Cano flies deep to left. 4-0 Yanks, but I don’t believe we have an xtra-base hit. Comerica suppresses offense, but you sure can score on the dinky shit to the outfield with the fielders so far back.
    Gotta run an errand. Hold down the fort!

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • Ack! Where’s D?!?!?!?!?!

    YF May 29, 2006, 2:27 pm
  • Crap, Cairo in for DJ. Please not another injury!!

    yankeemonkey May 29, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Cairo in for Jeter, I hope it’s nothing.

    bloodyank78 May 29, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Shelton pops out off first base to Giambi. One away.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Johnson K’s Monroe swinging for his third strikeout.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • That slider is working right now. Infante had no chance on the first two. The third slider is hit right at Arod who throws across to end the inning.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:32 pm
  • Any news on Derek?

    yankeemonkey May 29, 2006, 2:34 pm
  • Bonderman strikes out Long looking. One away to Melky.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:36 pm
  • Melky swings at the first pitch; grounds out to Polanco 4-3. Two away.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:36 pm
  • Damon couldn’t hold up on the 1-1; check strike. He then grounds out weakly to Shelton to end the inning.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • Johnson must be steaed about that 1-2. That was a strike. Next pitch is lined at Cairo.
    Looks like Jeter jammed his left ankle sliding into second. Didn’t look too bad. Hope it’s just precautionary.
    Arod with a nice stab at third to get Polanco. Two away.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • Thames gets ahead 3-1 and Posada comes out to talk about it. The 3-1 pitch from RJ: Ball four low and inside on a slider. Two outs with one on to Pudge.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:45 pm
  • Bye-bye no-hitter :(

    yankeemonkey May 29, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • There goes the no hitter. Pudge singles on a pitch he had to go low and away to hit the other way. First and second to Ordonez.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • Big swing on a slider puts the count 1-2.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • uggg. Let’s shut it down Randy. A one hitter is pretty good as well, against the best team in the AL.

    walein May 29, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • Magglio fouls off a couple of pitches on the one-two; RJ rings him up on a pitch in the dirt. Inning over.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • Awesome.

    walein May 29, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • Well, whatever happens in this game now, or in his next start, I think it’s safe to say there’s still hope for RJ…

    yankeemonkey May 29, 2006, 2:53 pm
  • Shift is on for Giambi. it works as he grounds out to the Rover in shallow right. Inning over.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:56 pm
  • Guillen Shelton Monroe due up for Detroit.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:57 pm
  • According to the wire, Jeter left the game in the 5th with an injury to his right hand.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 2:59 pm
  • Randy gives up a double to Guillen to lead off the bottom of the seventh, and that will be all for RJ. Nice outing for the Unit, and he gets a standing O from some of the fans at Tiger St… I mean Comerica Park. Blech, horrible name.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:04 pm
  • Villone is in for NY. Shelton is down 1-2 with a runner on second and no outs.
    Final line on Johnson: 6 innings, No runs on 2 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts. 89 pitches, 57 for stirkes. 6 groundball outs, 8 fly outs.
    He is responsible for Guillen on second.
    Villone strikes out Shelton. One away.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:10 pm
  • Arod comes up with a hard shot at third from Monroe and throws across to Giambi to record the second out. Guillen advances to third on the play.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • Phillips makes a great hustle play as he sprints to catch a shallow pop in foul territory near the first base dugout to record the third out.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • ARod, Posada and Cano come up to face Bonderman, who is at 107 pitches heading into the inning.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • ARod looks at a (low) strike three. One away; Bonderman comes out of the game to be replaced by Jamie Walker, who has a .71 era in 12 innings pitched. Bonderman gets a standing O for some reason.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:18 pm
  • Keep forgetting TLong is still on this team. Wishful thinking?

    yankeemonkey May 29, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • Cano doubles, his 10th of the season; he’s 3 for 4 on the day and his average is now .303. Long strikes out swinging to end the inning as he loses his grip and his bat goes sailing.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • Inge pops out to ARod. One away. Polanco skies one to left center; Damon underneath for two away. Thames steps in; lines one to left near the corner; Cabrera puts it away. Inning over.
    Miguel Cairo with a great hustle double. Nice.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • IBB to Sheff to get to Phillips.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:37 pm
  • IBB pays off as Phillips pos out to right.
    Farnsworth in to close it out for the Yankees.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • Pudge strikes out; Ordonez pops out to third; Guillen pops out to left. Ball game; NYY 4, Detroit 0. Great win for the Yankees. Very solid game all around.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • Say goodnight, Gerbil. “Goodnight, Gerbil.”
    Hope anyone who is still reading this has a great day.

    attackgerbil May 29, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • Thanks for bringin’ it home Gerbil. Well done.

    YF May 29, 2006, 4:04 pm

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