Boston 2, Tigers 1; Boston 4, Tigers 2
Twinbill dropped. Blech. It sounds like a half a haiku or something.
I have mixed feelings on this double header.
- First, losing stinks. Losing twice in the same day really stinks.
- Second, losing with two a callup from Toledo and your No. 5 guy isn’t so bad.
- Third, losing with a callup from Toledo and your No. 5 guy when they both give up two runs…stinks. Those pitching performances maybe shouldn’t both be rewarded, but you certainly hope for a split. No split. Just losses. Blech.
In short, Zach Miner pitched a great game on two hours sleep. He got tagged with a loss when both runs he allowed were the fault of fielding mishaps by Carlos Guillen. He missed the tag on a player going to second, maybe thinking he’d get credit for a phantom tag and double play. No go. The runner advanced to third on the David Ortiz shift and no one noticed. Next batter, run. Then later, Guillen misses ball. Maybe it took a bad hop. Maybe not. He was standing in front of it at the time. He should have found a way to get it. Second run. Detroit’s punchless offense lost.
Kudos to Miner. I think he’ll find his way to the Tigers bullpen soon given that it stinks. DTown examines the generalities. Bilfer zeros in on Wil Ledezma. Big kudos to Tim Byrdak, who I doubted, but who blew the Red Sox away with five strikeouts in six batters faced.
On to game two. Chad Durbin does his best, er, Chad Durbin impression. Lately he’s not been stellar, but he’s been good enough to give the Tigers a chance to win when he’s on the mound. They have mostly been doing that. But not today. He left the game with a lead. The Aforementioned Ledezma blew it. I didn’t see any of this game. Not much to add.
In all, I’m okay with a 3-4 road trip to Minnesota and Boston considering the Tigers just didn’t really look like the Tigers. Good thing Detroit started it 2-0 though, because it ended it 1-4. All in all, they’re in a fine place for May. But it can be frustrating on days like these.