¡Fiesta Tigres! indeed. Or should that be Home! Run! Derby! Whatever energy the Tigers forgot to bring to the ballpark last night was trucked over in mass quantities tonight. And maybe it exploded after having to sit idle during a one-hour rain delay. But somebody opened up a can of whup-A's and rubbed it all over the Detroit bats.
Miguel Cabrera was the big swinger, blasting home runs to both right and left field and provided enough offense on a night when Armando Galarraga really didn't have his best stuff (something mentioned by both Brandon Inge and Jim Leyland in post-game interviews). But additional home runs from popular punching bags Gary Sheffield and Edgar Renteria were very much appreciated.
Oakland will start one more left-hander in tomorrow's rubber game. Will Greg Smith somehow keep those Detroit bats subdued, like Dallas Braden did on Friday? Or will he be steamrolled by a run parade, as Dan Meyer was tonight? With the Tigers these days, I suppose one never knows.
Apologies for forgetting this in last night's recap. I just had to get it over with as soon as possible.
Thanks to pfuhrmeister, spotstarters, rook34, ashmark, MSU4LIF, Wingz, densogirl, Rogo, dettigionswings'stons, kr41, and MI-FANinTX for spending part of their S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night in the GameThread. We'll see you there tomorrow!