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Tigers 5, Blue Jays 3: Detroit does even for the victory

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Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers scores a run after a walk in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays  at Comerica Park on August 21, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers scores a run after a walk in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on August 21, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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Final - 8.21.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 10 2
Detroit Tigers 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 5 8 0
WP: Max Scherzer (13 - 6)
SV: Jose Valverde (24)
LP: Ricky Romero (8 - 11)

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Here's the bad: The Tigers still do not have a grand slam. It took a scoring change to even credit them with a hit in a bases-loaded situation tonight.

Here's the good: The Tigers won anyway!

But as I wrote earlier today at the Detroit News about the Tigers being unable to really capitalize when runners are in scoring position, maybe you'll allow me to just this once start with the negative on what is otherwise a positive game.

Detroit certainly had its opportunities. Thanks to an ineffective Blue Jays starter, Ricky Romero, the Tigers seemed to open innings with three runners on.

Now, to be fair, the Tigers did not squander in their traditional sense. In fact, if you did not watch the game yourself you might not even believe my next sentence. Delmon Young walked in a run. Yes. Delmon Young walked in a run! (Emphasis important). Omar Infante also walked in a run. Later in the game, he apparently singled in a run, though it was originally ruled a fielder's choice. Then Miguel Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly. Earlier, Cabrera drove in a run when he hit into a double play. (No RBI there, folks.) So all the Tigers' runs were scored with bases loaded. That's pretty good.

Yet you could not help but feel like the Tigers should have done more. (Plausible arguments that it's hard to do more when the pitchers don't serve you strikes are, of course, acceptable, but the Tigers did have other opportunities and simply did not put the ball into play safely.) A flyout, a double play, a fielder's choice (that resulted in an out at home), a sac fly, a foul fly ... if somehow Detroit had lost this game, there'd be plenty of evidence of missed opportunities. The Tigers were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 stranded.

Romero, by the way, walked eight for the game. He'd been struggling all year. This makes his team's 10th loss in Romero's last 11 decisions. He's gone 0-9 in them. He started the season 4-0 and eventually pushed that to 8-2. Add in the walks and you can't help but make a Dontrelle Willis comparison. Hopefully it turns out better for Romero than it did for the D-Train.

Max Scherzer, meanwhile, was not quite the strikeout machine he normally is. Yet eight strikeouts in seven innings on the mound is hardly something to scoff at, is it? He allowed five hits, two walks and one earned run. Octavio Dotel and Phil Coke scared us. Joaquin Benoit did not. Jose Valverde did, but only after a line drive screamed over Quintin Berry's head in left field.

Detroit is a game out of a wild card spot. The wild card is not the goal.

3 ROARS

Max Scherzer - The blue eye showed up

Austin Jackson - 3-for-5

Delmon Young - 2-for-5, RBI WALK! Seriously Scherzer was great but we should vote for Delmon

3 HISSES

People who take Roars and Hisses too seriously get all three

GAME 121 POG

Luke Putkonen. The Pride of Finland somewhere not in Finland earned the honors for his relief performance.