Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Jim Leyland's Bad Managing Leads the Tigers to a 12-8 Loss

The Detroit Tigers lost to the New York Yankees tonight 12-8.

Anibal Sanchez had a short outing where he wasn't effective. He only pitched 3 innings, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits, walking 2 and striking out 2 batters.

Duane Below came in after Sanchez couldn't get an out in the 4th inning for relief. I guess someone forgot to tell Leyland that Sanchez couldn't get anyone out. He allowed 1 run that was credited to Sanchez, but that's all he allowed in the 4th inning and the Tigers were down 7-0.

The Tigers would not get shut out though. In the 4th inning, Jeff Baker hit a double, and scored on a single from Brennan Boesch to make it a 7-1 game.

Duane Below stayed in the game and pitched a scoreless 5th and scoreless 6th inning.

In the 6th inning, the Tigers added a few more runs after an infield single by Prince Fielder, then a double by Delmon Young to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out for Jeff Baker who hit a single to drive in both runners and it was a 7-3 game.

Duane Below gave up a leadoff double in the 7th inning before being pulled. You know, when a guy has thrown 50 pitches in 3 innings, it's best to bring someone else in, and not pull him right after he puts the leadoff guy on. Darin Downs came into the game and the runner would end up scoring and it gave the Yankees a 8-3 lead.

The Tigers responded in the 7th inning though with a single by Austin Jackson, then Miguel Cabrera reached base on a fielding error which advanced Jackson to 3rd base. Prince Fielder was up next and hit a ground ball to 1st base that scored Jackson. After an infield single by Delmon Young which got Cabrera to 3rd base, Andy Dirks hit a pinch hit single to score Cabrera and Young advanced to 3rd base on the hit. Brennan Boesch was up next and hit an infield single to drive in Young. Alex Avila was the next batter and had a pinch hit single to drive in Dirks and the Tigers cut the lead to 8-7.

Phil Coke came in and true to form, gave 2 runs right back to the Yankees. Hey Leyland, when your offense finally makes it a game again, don't put in the worst pitcher you have. The Yankees took a 10-7 lead to the bottom of the 8th inning.

What happens in the 8th inning? Of course, Omar Infante hits a solo home run, which would've tied the game, but instead, made it a 10-8 game; it's his 10th of the season.

Brayan Villarreal came in and gave up 2 runs in the 9th inning and it proved to me too much for the Tigers to come back from.

The Tigers finish up a 4 game series with the Yankees tommorrow as Doug Fister (6-7 3.52 ERA) pitches against Hiroki Kuroda (10-8 3.19 ERA).

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