53-32: Tigers slam the Sox


The law of averages can be a real pain in the rear sometimes. Julian Tavarez had a 2-2 record and a 2.70 ERA in his previous four starts, but that’s not who Tavarez is. Tonight’s game was a painful reminder of that, as Tavarez (5-7) was pummeled by the Tigers in Detroit. He gave up eight runs on 10 hits in just 4 2/3 innings, including a solo home run to Curtis Granderson and a grand slam to Marcus Thames in the fifth.

Javier Lopez and Manny Delcarmen turned in scoreless relief appearances, though Kyle Snyder was touched for one run in the eighth.

The number one offense in baseball tallied 15 hits in total, knocking off Boston 9-2. Our lineup, in contrast, managed just three hits and four walks off rookie Andrew Miller over seven innings. Coming into the season, our offense was projected to be better than last year’s, but it has been struggling at several points already.

We just can not hit good lefties. I worry about how the Sox might match up against the Tigers in a seven game series, because they have so many quality lefties in their rotation: Nate Robertson, Kenny Rogers and Miller. The Angels don’t have a left-handed starter as of now, which makes me feel a whole lot better about playing them.

The Tigers feature a pretty nasty lineup, and a good rotation. Detroit’s weakness has been the lack of a reliable setup man, but they may address this through a trade, and Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney are both returning from the DL soon. Maybe we should secretly send Zumaya a copy of Guitar Hero 3.

There wasn’t much to report offensively, with David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis out of the lineup. Doug Mirabelli contributed a solo home run in the eighth inning off reliever Chad Durbin. Coco Crisp went 1-3 with another walk from the leadoff spot. He’s got an 8-game hitting streak going, and has hit safely in 20 of his last 22 games.

With Youkilis hurting, the Sox called up 28-year old first baseman Jeff Bailey from Pawtucket to make his major league debut. Bailey was hitting .250/.358/.429 there, and is considered a marginal prospect who has had trouble making contact and being a consistent hitter. He did hit 22 HR for Pawtucket last season. Bailey has put in a lot of time in our farm system, and I’m glad he’s getting a little taste of the bigs. Good for him.

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