As a general rule, the more ridiculous the Fox Sports broadcast gets, the worse the game is going for the Tigers. On Sunday, as the Tigers were shut out in Oakland, Kirk Gibson and Mario Impemba did shooters of jalapeno juice. Tonight, Gibby tried to get in-seat broadcaster Johnny Kane to admit to being a “Swiftee” (a Taylor Swift fan) by asking if he ever used a Swiffer. Kane, earlier, tried to get Gibby to give him a euphemism for “poppycock.”
That said, in spite of the on-air crew’s antics, there were some interesting moments worthy of note in tonight’s late game.
- Nicholas Castellanos hit a solo bomb in the first inning to give the Tigers an early lead
- A weird interference call in the third inning went the Tigers’ way as a safe on first call was overturned and Mike Scioscia got REALLY mad about it. (But somehow did not get ejected).
- Speaking of mad, Justin Upton was FURIOUS about his lack of offensive delivery. After his second strike out, he tried to break his bat on the ground and when that failed, he snapped it over his knee. His next at bat ended in an out at first, and I have literally never seen anyone take their batting gloves off so dramatically. There’s no gif. I wish there was.
- This happened in the outfield and Mike Gerber is going to have some Victor Reyes trust issues. Also some scars.
- The Tigers threatened with the bases loaded in the sixth after Noe Ramirez couldn’t record an out for four consecutive batters, but only managed the single run off a Jose Iglesias single.
- Matt Boyd had his weakest outing in awhile (which really wasn’t as bad as my punny title would have you believe): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR on 99 pitches. It’s just bad compared to the guy who only gave up three runs over his last three games.
- Mike Fiers was interviewed about his trade and was wearing this hat:
We guess the A's ran out of hats for Mike Fiers. pic.twitter.com/Fbbn3quTiI— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 7, 2018
- Meanwhile, back at Comerica... Justin Upton what are you doing?
Man vandalizes Comerica Park with sledgehammer overnight https://t.co/rouKb6M6BI— Detroit Free Press (@freep) August 6, 2018
- Oh, right, the Angels scored a bunch of runs, one on a Kaleb Cowart double, two on a Andrelton Simmons home run, one on a Eric Young Jr. home run, another on a Young sac fly, and another on a David Fletcher groundout. Bleh.
- Gibby at the top of the ninth: “We need three base runners and a grand slam.” Yes, and in the immortal words of Anthony Bourdain, I need a unicorn that poops money.
- Now he’s talking about olives.
- The Angels are still doing that thing where they play the Law and Order “dun-dun” sound when an opposing batter strikes out.
- If you stayed up until the end of this, you are now as tired as I am, and still don’t have an angry Justin Upton glove gif to show for it, but Upton did make the final out of the game, and the Tigers road woes continue.
Until next time, sleepless Michiganders.
Who was the Tigers player of the game?
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Nicholas Castellanos (home run)
Mike Gerber (best catch of the month)
Jose Iglesias (RBI)
Justin Upton’s general rage