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Armando Gallaraga on the mound against Dontrelle Willis. Willis had a 1.80 era for the d-backs going in to this game but gives up a 2 run Jack to mags in the first.
Dontrelle looks about the same, but this time it actually benefits the Tigers.
Inge doubles, Willis throws a wild pitch moving Inge to third, and then walks avila to put runners on the corners. Worth then doubles to score Inge to make 3-0. Raburn hits a sac fly to center to score avial to make it 4-0 with one out.
Maybe Dontrelle just has an aversion to olde English D's. He was fine for the D-backs his previous 2 starts.
Inge!!! My man!
Just in time for Valverde to come in and wrap up.
Just had a huge storm come through Ann Arbor...hopefully they can get this game done before that gets to the D.
Gotta love the MLB schedule-makers. While the Tigers get their third crappy NL opponent in a row, Minnesota has to play (and just lost to) Philly. Wrap this up and the Tigers will only be a half-game out.
The schedule has been crazy for Detroit/Minn.
Detroit gets to play a HS team in the Pirates, Nats team w/o facing Strasburg, and a reeling Arizona team. But hey, they are doing what they are supposed to do and beat up on bad teams.
Minn played Braves, Rockies, Phillies. All 3 should be fighting for playoff spots at the end of the year.
Next week and a 1/2 should be interesting. Twins play Mets, Brewers, Tigers. Tigers play Mets, Braves, Twins.
Should we be encouraged that Coke is now 5-0, or be concerned that we have had to get 5 wins from a middle reliever?
I wouldn't worry about the middle reliever's win total, or too many of the relievers for that matter. In 1984 Aurilio Lopez went 10-1 and Willie Hernandez (he was Willie then, and not Guillermo) went 9-3, and they were at the back end of the bullpen. That's 19-4 out of the setup guy and closer, plus Willie snuck in 32 saves. Senor Smoke had 14 more.
Nice data. Thanks.