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Galarraga unravels as Tigers fall

Final - 3.4.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 2 9 15 1
Detroit Tigers 0 0 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 7 11 0
WP: Zach Jackson (1 - 0)
SV: Rommie Lewis (1)
LP: Zach Miner (0 - 1)

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Rick Porcello had a short day. Six up, six down, one strikeout, move on to the rest of his day.

Armando Galarraga, not so much. It took Galarraga nine batters to get through one inning, during which he gave up four runs on four hits and two walks.

Now seems an important time to remind people why stats don't really matter in spring training as much as you think. Sometimes pitchers are working on something specific. Maybe they want to work on painting a certain location of the plate. Maybe they want to throw a specific pitch they're learning. Maybe they're working their way through mechanics changes. Whatever the reason, pitchers are doing things that sometimes lead to runners on the bases and runs on the scoreboard. That's why you can't trust batting stats either. Maybe they teed off on someone's practice pitch.

The people making the actual decisions know the real score. We can't by looking at the stats

OK, that said, eeeeeeh-yuch, to quote Ian, probably with an alternative spelling.

Max Scherzer and Zach Miner didn't exactly have pretty lines in the box score either. Dontrelle Willis was neither here nor there, but it didn't result in any runs.

On the other end of things, infield Brent "Doogie"* Dlugach had another home run, and another opposite-fielder at that. Austin Jackson had two walks and a hit at the top of the order. Miguel Cabrera slid across home and kicked up a lot of dust in the photo above.

* "Doogie" nickname information came via TigsTown's twitter feed. Thanks!

Well, that's all I can get out of the box score. Add more in the recap if you listened to the game.


NCDee breaks up ChrisDTX's comment of the night winning streak with one about Dlugach, following a nice defensive play:

Offense AND Defense

dlouble dluty.

StringTheory shows off some Photoshop skills for runner-up. Casper Wells fans will like it.