Tigers move on by clobbering the Tribe, 12-6


Final - 6.3.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Indians 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 0
Detroit Tigers 0 2 3 0 1 1 5 0 X 12 17 4
WP: Brad Thomas (2 - 0)
LP: Hector Ambriz (0 - 1)

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Que sera sera. Whatever will be, will be.

Today was a transition for the Tigers, the Indians, umpire Jim Joyce, the fans, the media, you name it. Let's just call it getaway day for everyone.

Yesterday we had a letdown. We had a controversy. Today we had the word from the commissioner that the perfect game will not make the record books despite what everyone saw.

June 2, 2010, will be a date never forgotten by Tigers fans, but today is June 3. For me it's time to move on; to do anything else would be wasted effort and emotion.

I thought the Tigers, their fans and Joyce all handled that well today. Galarraga was rightfully feted for his performance. GM presented him with a Corvette.  (Watch the FS Detroit video of the whole pregame, via rcpratt)

Fans mostly applauded Joyce when came out of the tunnel before the game. They applauded again when Galarraga took the lineup card out to Joyce, who was assigned to be the home plate umpire.

Then we had baseball.

And would you look at that? The Tigers finally had some offense.

Magglio Ordonez fell a single short of the cycle. He and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning. Austin Jackson had four hits; Brennan Boesch added three. The Tigers broke out for 17 hits in all.

To top it off, Jackson made another over-the-shoulder catch. Let's not forget what Curtis Granderson did for the Tigers defensively during his time in Detroit ... because remembering the amazing plays Granderson made makes what Jackson is doing seem even more impressive.

It wasn't all good, however. The Tigers had a big "4" staring back at them in the error column today, all the result of the infield. Brandon Inge, Adam Everett, Carlos Guillen twice, what a mess. I didn't see the game today so I can't comment too much on what went wrong for those guys. But it sure sounds ugly.

Naturally, Rick Porcello's line wasn't too beautiful either. The first five batters of the fourth inning reached base off him. Two of those were the result of errors.

Anyway, Detroit righted the ship the past two days. That's the most important thing now.

On to Kansas City.

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