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Game 53: Tigers (21-31) at Angels (32-22)

The Detroit Tigers season of doom continues tonight, as the most disappointing team in professional sports faces California/Anaheim/Los Angeles in game 3 of what has turned into a nightmare of a series. A nightmare for both the Tigers, and for the fans...

Last night, the Tigers' bullpen wasted an excellent outing by Jeremy Bonderman. Fransisco "The Caped" Cruceta allowed 2 runs in the 8th, and Aquilino Lopez the game winner in the 9th. The game ended in the bottom of the 9th, on a Gary Matthews Jr run scoring single. The 3-2 win was the second consecutive soul-crushing walk off victory for the Angels over the staggering Tigers.

Not all the blame can rest on the bullpen, as the offense was just as culpable, managing all of 3 hits. Both runs scored on Miguel Cabrera's 8th home run of the season. Just how bad was the offense? After the homer, the next 12 Tigers were retired. After a Brandon Inge single, the final 11 Detroit batters went down in order.

Just how bad were the Tigers offensively? Matt Joyce's night says it all. Moving up to 2nd in the order, Joyce wore the golden sombrero, striking out 4 times.

The Tigers try to salvage the final game of the 3 game series by sending Armando Galarraga (3-2, 3.70) to the mound. Though he's 2-1 in his last 4 starts, Galarraga has disturbingly walked 10 batters in his last 2 starts. Despite their recent record, the Tigers starting pitching has been quite good. We'll see if Gallaraga can continue the string of quality starts.

Galarraga definitely has his work cut out for him, as the Angels have the AL leader in wins, Joe Saunders (8-1, 2.31), facing the Tigers. Considering the Tigers are facing a very hot pitcher, I'm not expecting much from the their anemic, all or nothing, offense.

Short hops:

In the local sports scene, the Tigers are currently 3rd in a 3 horse race. The Red Wings are 2 wins away from winning the Stanley Cup, while the Pistons are 2 wins away from advancing to the NBA Finals. I'll be like many Detroit sports fans tonight, likely not tuning in the Tigers till the Red Wings and Pistons playoff games have concluded. So let me say...

GO WINGS!

GO PISTONS!

GO TIGE...Uh...try not to embarrass yourselves, OK?