Doug Fister gave up 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings, pitching well, but his pitch count was run up by the annoying Yankees hitters who seem to do nothing but try to make the pitcher throw 7+ pitches every at bat…they routinely play 8 hour plus games, this is one of the reasons everyone hates New York.
The Tigers were able to scratch out three runs off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda but then the Tigers’ bull pen blew up for them again. Just like two nights ago, the pen was responsible for this loss. With a 3-2 lead in the 8th inning Joaquin Benoit gave up back to back home runs to Mark Tiexiera and Eric Chavez. Chavez it seems like had 9 home runs in this four game series, I’ll check to see if that’s true later.
So, once again, the Tigers’ pen was the culprit and I don’t really have much more to say. They are in Texas tonight to face the Rangers who have beat the crap out of them so far this year. Hopefully they can right that wrong and at least take two of three, but the last road trip was pretty awful so it may be a long weekend watching these guys.
In other news…Lions safety, key piece to the defense, Louis Delmas had follow up knee surgery on the same knee he had surgery on late in the season. While this sounds not good, the story goes that it was a simple “clean up” process and after a few weeks of rehab, Demlas should be back on the field.
This puts him on a schedule that will allow for him to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, which is good because the Lions secondary desperately needs him out there. Since being drafted in 2009 Delmas has shown lots of ability but has struggled to stay healthy, not once playing in all 16 games and only in 11 last year.
The Lions very much need Demlas healthy all season long in a questionable secondary and hunting down receivers in the middle of the field.