Tigers 10 (10 innings)
When they led 6-0 with just one out in the first inning, I think you had to chalk this one up in the win column. And then Nate Robertson did an accelerated version of his “6 innings, 4 runs.” It still added up to 10. He pitched into the third inning and gave up seven runs.
There were plenty of highlights, plenty of lowlights, some questionable calls — Joel Zumaya pitching a second inning, the home plate umpire calling Polanco out when instant replay showed him safe — well, typical baseball game really. Nothing to be really upset over except the Tigers’ play. Misdirecting your ire at the ump or Leyland would be mistaken, I have to say. When a baseball team scores 10 runs, it should win. Unless it stinks so bad it gives up 11.
I really don’t know what else to say. The offense was great. BUT: The starter stunk. The bullpen did OK but not great. The defense had times of looking utterly ridiculous. If anything, tonight’s game, and last night’s, prove the Tigers are not really a contender. I don’t know why the national media keeps saying they are. Maybe they are not watching the games. Or they’re optimistic. But the Tigers are really just a mediocre team. Sometimes they play great and win. Sometimes they play poorly and lose.
I, for one, will just be glad when this season is over.