Twins 9, Tigers 3: Sanchez, lineup fail in Minnesota

Aug 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland watches Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) pitch after getting hit in the leg during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE


top of the 9th 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3
Minnesota Twins 0 0 1 0 1 3 3 1 9

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I'm not going to waste my time over analyzing this. Nor do I really have a lot of irritable energy left for a rage session. So I'll just say it quickly: The Tigers couldn't hit Samuel Deduno. Literally, for four innings. They finally broke through with two hits in the fifth inning to score a run. Their next hit came in the eighth.

So the pitching, while obviously a concern, including a hittable Anibal Sanchez, well, I guess I am all out of righteous indignation. Well, mostly out.

It should be noted that Phil Coke gave up two runs in relief, pitching against a right-handed batter. I've said it before and I'll keep saying it: Coke is a LOOGY. The Yankees knew that. The Tigers, bless their hearts, let him to pitch to both right-handers and left-handers. He shouldn't. Mastroianni drove in a pair of runs. Saturday, Coke allowed the walkoff hit to Milt Olt, another right-hander. Righties, just for the record, are hitting .391 off Coke with an OPS above 1.000. This split is a bit extreme, but Coke struggling against righties is not, and is why some thought it amusing when the Tigers decided to give him a chance to start. Time to accept Coke for what he is: potentially a really good LOOGY. Asking him to do something he cannot will only resent in undue resentment and lost opportunities.

OK better things to do than worry about this recap.

ROAR

Jhonny Peralta doubled in a run, two walks

Jackson had a single and a walk

Dirks had a double

Delmon had a trollol RBI

HISSES

Sanchez

Coke

Leyland

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Mastroianni hitting

Mastroianni fielding

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