Saturday, April 5, 2008

4-5-08: Sox 5 - Tigers 3

April 5, 2008 - Detroit, Michigan

Taking the Tigers out for a walk.

Nick Swisher didn't even have to swing the bat to be effective today. His 3 walks did the trick. Dontrelle Willis put up a decent pitching performance, giving up only one hit. It's the seven walks which did him in. Gavin Floyd didn't fare as well with the hits, but he came out victorious anyway.

A.J. could not be the hero today. It was Toby Hall's turn as catcher. Thankfully, it's only every five days or so. I'm not sure the lineup could survive Toby Hall's abilities as a defensive catcher and an offensive threat.

There were plenty of opportunities to be a hero today. The Sox just didn't capitalize on most of them. Whenever Dontrelle Willis would get men on with walks, the Sox would hit into a double play.

The good:
Gavin Floyd gave a gutsy performance.

Carlos Quentin has an arm!

The bad:
Jermaine Dye was impressive with a late inning home run, but it was just icing on the win.

The middle of the lineup got all the RBI's.

The ugly:
Toby Hall was 0 for 4.

Only one hit off of the Detroit starting pitcher.

Carlos Quentin showed that his arm is fine by throwing out a straying Renteria at first base finishing a double play. Carlos played left field, which makes this all the more impressive. I have no worries right now when the game goes past the sixth inning. The Sox seem to have found a great combination for the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Could a sweep be out of the question? The Sox find themselves in a tie for first place, so anything is possible.

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