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Final - 5.20.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 3 X 10

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BOX

KEY STAT

1: Brayan Villarrreal allowed two of Brad Penny's runs to score and two of his own before getting an out in the sixth.

KEY PLAY

On a double play that could have got the Tigers out of the sixth with a 2-1 deficit, Scott Sizemore threw the ball away. Villarreal made matters much worse with a walk and two doubles a bit after it.

KEY THOUGHTS

Do me a favor. Don't read too much into tonight's recap. I'm just pissed tonight and damn it I'm blogging anyway.

Early on I tweeted:

Its like leyland is trying to lose

I wish I was being troll-ish or facetious. But a look at the team being trotted out to the field told me all I needed to know about this game, sadly.

Don't get me wrong. Don Kelly is exactly the kind of player I expect to see playing in Pittsburgh. It's just that my hope is that he's playing FOR Pittsburgh.

Brayan Villarreal? I'm glad he's got a pickoff move to get some outs, because he sure struggles to get them by throwing the ball toward the catcher. Not that he can be blamed for being rusty after not pitching since May 10. That's Leyland's fault (and the weather's. and the schedule's). But he allowed two doubles and a walk before finally getting an out.

Scott Sizemore was freed, as many in the bloggy world -- not me -- wanted. And he's striking out about a third of his at bats, hitting 204 and has an OPS of .552. I know. It's early. 50 plate appearances in all that. But I'd be quicker to write this off for small sample size if we hadn't seen it before. By the way, can't blame batting average for balls in play. Going into today's game his BABIP was .333.

Seriously. I hate interleague play. Who wants to watch pitchers hit? Hee-hee, it's cute! Look at him not swing so he doesn't get injured! Look at his feeble swing! Wow. That's fun. Not. I think we should at least force the first baseman to pitch an inning every game to even things out. I mean, when the position player has to pitch in a baseball game, it's usually because the game is an unmitigated disaster. So when a pitcher has to bat, it's pretty much the same.

The Pirates scored a season high 10 runs. Lovely. Really. Beautiful job, Tigers.

UPDATE

Jim Leyland says Brad Thomas' elbow locked up today so he couldn't enter the game. That could result in some roster movement.