G11 | a tale of two right-handers…

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M’s 6 | Tigers 3

early on, Felix not lookin’ so royal…
tough 2nd inning where three runs scored, even though there was only one hard-hit ball. His pitch count up, things were looking bleak. Little did we know, we would see ‘the K-ing’ re-emerge. Yes indeedy, Felix has grown up. He stayed in there, gutted it out and when the M’s took the seemingly improbable lead, you just had a feeling there was no way they would surrender it.


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unlucky 13 for Verlander…
Talk about a game turnin’ on a dime! Verlander was CRUISING through 4 innings (throwing only 13 pitches in each of the 1st, 2nd and 4th. And then, in the 5th, the wheels would come off. He threw 28 pitches and gave up 5 runs after throwing 28 pitches in the 5th


AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

somebody found the “go” switch in the dugout and flipped it…
That’s what it seemed like anyway. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team make such a fast and effective adjustment. Their newly acquired patience be-damned, if Verlander was going to blow ’em away, they were going to go up there hacking. And boy, did it pay off! Adrian led off with a double and they were off to the races – three straight hits, a sacrifice, a bunt single, another single a walk and a wild pitch all added up to a 5-run 5th inning. ‘t was a beautiful thing.


AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

no rolaides required…
nice night of relief ~ 3.0IP – 2H – 1BB – 4K
not only that, but then there was the pitch count/ratio ~ 45 pitches, 32 for strikes
yowsa – keep it up boys!


oh, and a litttle insurance in the 8th…
Adrian with a double – and get this – ready for shades of 95?
Junior scores from first!!! I just caught the reply on SportsCenter (was going too crazy at the actual game to notice) … As Adrian pulled up to the bag at 2nd, he was mocking Junior’s high stepping to the plate and then Carlos checked his pulse once he got to the dugout 🙂


triple-digits…
as I stood cheering Brandon on to his 3rd save of this young season in the 9th inning at The Safe, two thoughts crossed my mind…
~ his blood sugar must be SPOT on tonight
~ who needs J.J.?

Oh, there was one other thought … “This is FUN!”

🙂

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