Sunday, September 27, 2009

Perfect Night for a Comeback

Photo: AP

When I said that the Tigers would have to outpitch Freddy Garcia, that isn’t exactly what I meant, but I’ll certainly take it. Who says this team has no fight? I don’t know what Nate Robertson’s problem was, but he did not have his slider working this time around. Hopefully, that will be addressed before his next start. Therefore, none of this would have been possible without some stellar performances from the Tigers bullpen, particularly Alfredo Figaro. Meanwhile, usually when an offense makes a comeback from a large deficit, it starts with bloop singles and eventually builds up to a home run. Last night was kind of the opposite. The comeback started with a Miguel Cabrera home run, and then the Tigers began singling the White Sox to death. Cabrera had a huge night with four hits and four RBIs, giving him an even 100 for the season, but everyone got into the act except Brandon Inge (who went 0-for-5 and didn’t look good in most of his ABs, but he did hit a ball to the wall in his first at-bat that Carlos Quentin speared). And after struggling recently, it was nice to see Granderson get three hits.

Today’s a big game for Edwin Jackson. He shut out the Indians for seven innings in his last start, but he only threw first-pitch strikes to six batters. He has struggled somewhat against the White Sox this year (if you call giving up three runs struggling), but ended up with no-decisions both times. He’ll be opposed by Daniel Hudson (who has the unusual distinction of having pitched in all four minor league levels this year), who took the loss against the Twins in his last (and only) start, but I watched that game, and he did not look bad at all outside of one inning where he temporarily lost the strike zone (the runs that scored against him scored on a passed ball, a bases-loaded walk, and an RBI single that scored a runner who had reached on an error). The Tigers may have some problems with him. Leyland expects as much. Unfortunately, I work until 5:00 today, so I will likely miss all of this game.

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