For One Night, At Least, It All Clicks

From my vantage point, tonight’s game at Comerica Park had the look and feel of a playoff game. Two good teams, a cool, overcast evening, and a sellout-plus crowd.

More importantly for Tigers fans, the game had the look and feel of a Tigers game from June or early July – from 2006 or 2007, take your pick.

Three things stood out for me:

Stellar starting pitching. Jair Jurrjens faces Cleveland for the second time in a week and mows them down, allowing just one (long) hit. True, he was matched virtually pitch for pitch by Fausto Carmona but Jurrjens (or as Jim Price said all night Jergens) had a wee bit more…

Timely hitting. Carmona looked like the second coming of Justin Verlander on June 12 during the first four-plus innings — and settled down again to dominate after Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen went yard back-to-back in the fifth. Carmona made one more mistake than Jurrjens.

An air-tight bullpen. Joel Zumaya did tonight what he did so often last year. Came in for one key hitter and got him out. I didn’t expect to see him back out there in the eighth and am glad Jim Leyland held him back. Then Fernando Rodney and Todd Jones closed it out with precision. How often have we been able to say that lately?

When these three dimensions click for the Tigers good things happen. And tonight good things happened.

It takes you back to 2006…or even 2007.

Author: Mike McClary

Upbeat guy.

3 thoughts on “For One Night, At Least, It All Clicks”

  1. I’d like to go on record now and say this…

    If this is what we can expect from Jair. I demand that the Tigers keep this kid. I’m not saying the one hitter. I’m saying the ground ball pitching. Is it just me or does anyone else think that some of the Tigers pitching woes lately stem from everyone trying to strike guys out instead of pitching to contact? Talk about a breath of fresh air! EVERY GREAT TEAM HAS A GUY LIKE THIS WHO CAN COME IN AND PITCH TO CONTACT. I’m not trying to fluff the guy up to a #1 or #2, but you can’t tell me he wouldn’t be an excellent #4 or #5. Great game kid, I hope you stick around and show us more of the same.

    On a side note, I’ll be at Fridays game… as tradition goes I believe Mr. Durbin will be back on the bump.

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  2. Tonight’s one-hitter was the first I witnessed in person since July 14, 1985 when Walt Terrell and Willie Hernandez combined on a one-hitter when the Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-0 for their first victory of the year over that team. The only hit by a Twins batter at Tiger Stadium that day was a double by Tom Brunansky in the 6th inning with 2 outs.

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  3. I can’t pronounce his name but the kid looked pretty good. We’ve got some dandy young arms in the system. I hope Jair stays with the big club and can contribute until Kenny gets back.

    What’s up with Bonderman? Did he go on vacation after the All-Star break? Has he even won a game since then?

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