I'm really more worried about how quickly Sanchez will probably be out of this game if he keeps giving up hits and raising his count (though his pitch count isn't on a bad pace). If this goes to the bullpen early with the Tigers behind my confidence level tanks. I guess it does even when we're ahead.
OT: Tigers Going for Sweep of A's
Let's get it going!!!!
Radio feed anyone? I want to listen to Dan and Jim
I couldn't find them online...had to settle for ESPN radio.
It's great, but the radio feed is 3 pitches behind. I'd like to be able to sync with the tv
G$ saving the pitch count some with the CS. Now we need a lead-off baserunner.
Has anyone noticed that TBS/TNT's transition graphics use Comerica Park in the background? Watch next time they go to/come back from commercials and do the sponsors.
I said the same thing on Sunday only to have some friends call me stupid. They have a view that looks down from the luxury suite area onto the concourse.
On the mound
Anderson has been a bit sketchy since the 1st, need some baserunners for the big guys.
Tired of squandered opportunities by GIDP
That's what I want my reaction to be, but the Infante one was an at 'em ball. He hit it hard and if the 3B is playing another step to the right it is at worst a diving stab and more likely a double.
He attended the Joe Buck School of Broadcasting.
At least it appears Sanchez is settling in while Anderson is starting to show some wear
Tigers threaten but do not score ground into double play
so i am excited to watch delmon K on three balls.
LET'S PLAY SOME BALL! LET'S PLAY SOME BALL!
looking like one of those games where the tigers hit nothing but bullets................to stationary defenders.
Offense seems to be stuttering tonight. Hopefully they can turn this around soon.
Rather have the Tigers hitting hard balls straight to the defense than striking out all over the place. I think we'll start hitting as the game goes on. Sanchez looking better now too.
I like what the future holds for Avi Garcia, but i'd really like to see him drive the ball a little more. Not a single XBH since his time up for the minors.
Dear tigers batters,
Unless its a fastball down the middle do not swing. K ? Thx
Guy who hates continuous ground outs.
Dear guy who hates ground outs:
Sorry but no we must swing at all pitches regardless of their location.
Tigers when not hitting,
Yea....our patience is a joke right now. But, this ball club has seemed to struggle with soft throwers all year long. Were a free swinging team and sometimes this is the result.
Doing a nice job of making this guy look like Bruce Chen.
Plenty of time left in this one, just need to start hitting the ball out of the infield a bit.
From the top of the order. When is the last time Jackson has gotten a meaningful hit?
He led off game 1 with a double? Let's not rip on the guy who's been one of the more consistent players on the team this year.
Now I'm officially frustrated. The top of our lineup looks like shit. However, we were warned that this dude could pitch.
Yea....the tiger batters look frustrated and have not adjusted to any of the soft stuff. This team has not adjusted to soft throwers all year long
Gangnam style! Drink!
Wow, they go to the pen. I don't care how strong their bullpen is, I'm optimistic about that.
So the A's are going with the bullpen trio of Doolittle, Cook, and Balfour. Hopefully they channel their ineptitude of 2 days ago.
Tigers' plate discipline has always been suspect, especially on the road for whatever reason. Certainly hurting tonight.
And screw their suddenly good defense. For real.
What are you talking about. They are hitting the ball hard, just right at people. A's are also making a lot of plays.
FU OAKLAND OUTFIELDERS!!
Not Prince's night.
Post season needs to make some more ad dollars.
Dirks HR. Calling it.
EDIT: ef. beer me dog.
Outside of Prince, we can't hit a damn thing tonight.
I blame this optimistic thread title. /s the size of a Buick.
Seriously we should have more than three hits. Granted two were great d plays by the A's but still this offense has sucked tonight. Swinging at balls all night, playing right into the A's pitches.
Tigers have done it all year on the road. Not really a surprise. For whatever reason the plate discipline goes away on the road for this team.
Pinch hitting With Quintin Berry would be a suspect move to say the least.
Oh well...just not the tigers night. Not giving up on this game but fully expect to be playing tomorrow evening.
Need to keep the A's at 2. As Rod Allen says, all we need is a bloop and a blast.
Good outing for Sanchez, outside of the first and that pitch over the middle that went deep.
Sanchez pitched a great game. He kept the Tigers in it and gave the team a chance to steal this game. A couple clutch hits and the A's are finished.
If only we had the bats of Raburn or Inge.
This is the inning to make a move. Need good at bats to get Cabrera up with runners on.
Garcia take a pitch!!
Typical Tigers at bat
Take strike 1, foul off strike 2, strikeout or ground out
Terrible, terrible AB's, this is getting outright ugly.
that I am offended by the gall of the Oakland players to show any emotion at all in this game. Save it for the dugout.
Hey, at least they're making their AB's quick so you don't have to stay up that late. Credit where credit is due.
Oh hey, the human white flag, Phil Coke.
Yeah you point at those fly balls.
What do you think the conversation is like in the dugout after he points to a hit that carries over the wall?
My guess is nothing. But there is a quiet inside joke.
While it doesn't help the fielders behind him make a play on the ball, it generally does let the viewer at home know that it's an out. So there's that. Why is Avila not playing? Is he hurt? Does Laird always catch Sanchez?
Leyland has had lineups for lefty and righty pitchers down the stretch, against a lefty you're going to get Garcia/Laird and against a righty he goes with Berry/Avila, expect Alex to get a pinch hit opportunity if the chance arises.
Phil coke might be a bad pitcher but he's at least he is easy on the eyes.
Well this certainly is the part of the lineup you'd like to have at the plate in the 9th. Let's pray for some magic and a Tigers win.
Could use a blast right about now Prince.
Come on Prince. Let's get a break right now for earlier tonight.
F. Hit AJ Griffin tomorrow and leave Oakland ASAP.
Get them tomorrow night. Damn tomorrow will be later.
come on Max. We need ya in game 4....
but oh wait, it appears it may not matter if our SP throws a gem because our offense CAN'T GET ANY 'GD' RANS.
Tigers need to set the tone early tomorrow. No 6-pitch first inning mess like tonight. Score runs in the 1st to shut that crowd up.
My wife and I were at the game tonight. Not sure how the game came across on TV, but in the ballpark, it really felt like the whole thing turned on two A's defensive plays: Crisp's HR-stealing catch off Fielder, and then Cespedes' taking away a sure double from Fielder a few innings later. That's at least one run and maybe two, and they were easily the best-hit balls of the night for our boys.
It sucked. I won't go to game 4 or 5 to try to improve our chances.
a big deal of Cespedes' catch, but it looked fairly routine to me. At least for a major league left fielder. Our guys need to put together alot more quality at bats tomorrow.
The vast majority of left fielders in the game drop that ball 8 out of 10 times.