- Whether it was more related to the pregame rant by their manager or the Mariners’ pitchers, who is to say? The Tigers’ offense went off on the Mariners for 12 runs, many of them early.
- Edgar Renteria went 4-for-4, missing the cycle by a double.
- Maglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen, hitting 4-5-6, had seven combined hits. Cabrera had three. He’s starting to hit.
- Most importantly, home runs were launched from all over the lineup.
- Ordonez, Renteria, Curtis Granderson and Guillen all launched homers. Guillen’s was a bomb to center field.
- The Tigers had 17 hits and a walk, but stranded just four runners on base
- On the pitching side, Justin Verander gave up a first inning hit, who got tagged out stealing second, and home run, but settled in nicely. His ball had plenty of movement and he struck out seven in six innings while walking just one. He was really on his game.
- No Tigers game would be compete without some downsides. Namely that an 11-1 game was a 12-8 final and the Mariners scored four runs in the ninth inning.
- Todd Jones got the save. Clay Rapada and Francisco Cruceta had the shame of being removed before they completed their ninth inning task of ending the game.
- And the outfielders had three errors. Matt Joyce and Curtis Granderson each had difficulty fielding rollers, and Ryan Raburn dropped a fly in foul territory.
- No, I really don’t have a clue if the Tigers would have done the same without Jim Leyland’s rant. But it didn’t hurt!
- Verlander, just watching his composure and stuff, looked like the pitcher we expected to see. He’s stringing some nice starts together. That’s a great sign.
- No qualms with Leyland pulling him. He pitched a great game and the team had a big lead.
- The offense actually hitting home runs was nice to see too. They should have been doing this the whole season of course. And the FSN Detroit guys had a great stat. Before Grandy’s two-run home, the Tigers had gone 23 straight solo home runs. That’s why they weren’t’ scoring more runs! So more homers when men are on base, please.
- The bullpen was a huge, huge disappointment. Of course outfielders who didn’t make errors would help. But still. It was a poor showing after the team started off so well.
- But I did like that Leyland didn’t allow his pitchers to stay in long in the ninth and his going to Todd Jones for the save was fine by me.
- Will they keep this up? Lord only knows. But for a night anyway, it was great to see