It really doesn’t have the same ring to it. Anyway, there were quite a few Detroit fans at the two games I attended over the weekend; “DEE-TROIT BASE-BALL” chants all over the place. On Saturday, Kenny Rogers pitched against Miguel Batista so I rooted for the Mariners. The highlights of the game were a stunning catch from Brandon Inge throwing himself into the stands off third base, and a fantastic at bat from Kenji Johjima, worked through seven pitches tough pitches, fouling off four of them, before launching a grand slam, and Curtis Granderson was a monster for the Tigers with a dinger and a triple.
Sunday, Justin Verlander pitched against Jeff Weaver, so I rooted for the Tigers. The Tigers’ first four were blasting the ball all over the place; Thames had a homer and four ribs, Granderson was a monster again, the Tigers ran at will against Weaver/Burke and even Omar Infante(!) went yard. Ichiro made a great grab running grab against the wall, and also was involved in the scary moment of the game when Verlander, who leads the majors in hit batsmen and wild pitches (terrifying qualities for a guy who throws as hard as him), plunked the Seattle MVP above his right knee, causing him to have to leave the game. My rooting against ex-Yankee pitchers proved effective and obviously was the deciding factor in both affairs. More pictures after the leap.
From Saturday night, The Gambler. BOOOO! I HATE YOU KENNY!
Also from Saturday, Sheff’s about to get buzzed. Sheff saw 24 pitches in his four plate appearances. An eighth-inning rally from the Tigers wasn’t enough to overcome Johjima’s sixth-inning salami.
On Sunday, with runners on second and third, Sheff draws an IBB in the sixth from Brandon Morrow.
Magglio Ordonez swings under a Brandon Morrow fastball in the sixth. Maybe the IBB will work?
Nope. A wild pitch from Morrow (who threw another WP along with one from Jeff Weaver earlier in the inning) removed the double play potential. The baseball pictured here on the barrel of Mag’s bat eventually wound up deposited deep to right for a sacrifice fly. Ugly, ugly inning from the Mariners, who walked two other batters and later made an ill-advised throw to first base that allowed Sheff to steal home.
Justin Verlander delivers his slider. He wasn’t at his best, but his seven innings giving up four runs were good enough. It’s interesting where his right foot isn’t, isn’t it?
Sheffield notices something about the plate as he walks in the eighth on five pitches from Jake Woods. So maybe it is a good idea pitching around Sheff?
Nope again. Mags puts a 1-1 pitch way out to center; Sheff and Carlos Guillen congratulate him on his shot and third RBI of the game. Seattle mounted a late rally against Miner in the ninth with a three-run shot by Jose Guillen but it was too little, too late as the Tigers pounded the Mariners 11-7 in a very sloppy but very enjoyable ball game.