I meant to do this yesterday, but you’ll have to deal with the lateness. Baseball is a funny game. I think there were at least two or three other games this season where Rick Porcello lost or gave up more runs and yet had his pitches working better than in this start. I suppose the law of averages would have them even out, but the important thing is that he won. It was certainly target practice, though. Rick had at least three line drives hit right back at him (one of which he managed to catch), so he’s a little beat up, to say the least. Still, he probably saved his best pitch for last, getting Manny Ramirez on an easy grounder to third to end a bases-loaded threat. At any rate, all is well now and I can go back to liking the Dodgers as my NL team.
It was a pretty decent all-around day for the offense (though they didn’t do much in the middle innings). They might have benefitted from the fact that Hiroki Kuroda was lifted when he was (since his pitch count was still quite low, but that’s one of those rare instances where National League rules worked in the Tigers’ favor), since they didn’t do anything against him after the first and they were able to do damage against the Dodgers’ bullpen. Everyone’s favorite Venezuelans each hit a home run in this game, and the tack-on runs in the ninth came via a unique set of circumstances. I was a tad disappointed that Dontrelle Willis ended up not getting a chance to pinch-hit (though Leyland hasn’t ruled out using him as a pinch-hitter during the second round of Interleague play, though we probably won’t see him pinch-hit in an AL game). I found it amusing that Joe Torre respected Dontrelle as a hitter enough that he brought in a lefty to face him. Of course, that burned Dontrelle and brought in Adam Everett, but it worked out okay with the suicide squeeze (which I know
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