Yes, I did have that post up before Galarraga was officially scratched. With that in mind, this game kind of seemed to be set up for failure. I would’ve been shocked had they won this game, but they could have at least kept it closer than they did. Zach Miner, for someone who was pressed into duty mere hours before the game and who had just pitched two innings on Monday, was not too bad. The home run ball bit him, though. He was one strike away from getting through five innings, but it didn’t happen, and Freddy Dolsi proceeded to remove any shred of dignity from this game. Meanwhile, the offense only managed two solo home runs, a walk, and a groundball single off Josh Beckett, but I’m not sure what all you can make of that. Beckett’s a good pitcher. Leyland kind of criticized the approach, saying the Tigers were TOO patient. That’s…interesting.
Well, we have now FINALLY come to the end of this godforsaken series at Fenway Park (Those of you who believe the Tigers should play extra series with the Yankees and Red Sox are just plain crazy). It’s up to JV to save us. However, he proved to be human against the Twins his last time out and he generally has not pitched well against the Red Sox, save for one game back in ’07 at Fenway where he pitched seven strong innings. The Red Sox will start Clay Buchholz, whom the Tigers saw last year and actually scored a few runs against. Miguel Cabrera IS back in the lineup at first base, but Brandon Inge apparently gets the day off.