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Player Profile–Dave Purkey

Posted by sharris2929 on June 27, 2011

 

Name: Dave Purkey

Position: 1B, P

Nickname: Pork

The Low-Down: Dave is another Tigers newcomer, returning to the diamond after playing softball for the past several years.  Dave played high school baseball with fellow Tigers Curt Lechner and coach Jeff Nelson, and was persuaded by them to make the jump back to hardball.  The Tigers should be happy that he did.  Dave instantly provided tremendous defense at 1st base.  Tigers have already noted that between his play there (and that of Ryan Lytle), first base defense has been the biggest improvement for the Tigers since last year. 

Expectations: Dave has flashed his gold glove frequently in the young season, saving several throwing errors by digging out balls in the dirt.  Before this season is out, expect Dave to get some big outs for the Tigers on the mound as well.  He’s got a big time arm and good breaking stuff as well.  Dave has made one appearance so far this season, and says that he worked out some mechanical issues that plagued him then.  When that happens, expect Dave to give the opposition fits.  Also don’t be surprised when Dave starts pounding the ball all over the field.  He’ll drive in some big runs for the Tigers down the road.

Fun Fact: Dave once threw a fastball so hard it somehow managed to cause a power outage.  The game was immediately suspended until order could be restored.

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Tigers 9 Cubs 7

Posted by sharris2929 on June 27, 2011

In a spirited back and forth battle, the Tigers pulled off a 9-7 win over the Cubs last night.  The theme of the Tigers performance last night was timeliness.  The Tigers found themselves in big moments throughout the game, and each time came through with clutch performances.

Clutch hits came early and often.  In the first, with two on and two outs, Dennis McGarel sent a ringing double to the gap to score both runners, giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead.  Juan Sanchez had another two out, two RBI hit in the 4th. 

The Tigers pitchers also had some clutch moments, as three separate innings ended with a Tigers pitcher getting a strikeout with the bases loaded.  Anthony Perez also notched a crucial strikeout to end the game with the tying runs on.  Scott Harris went the first 4 innings to notch his first win of the year, improving to 1-1.  Mike Estrada went 2 innings to hold the lead, and Perez came on in the seventh to earn the save. 

The Positives:

  • The offense continues to click.  Top, middle, bottom, everyone is hitting.  Early in the season the Tigers were hitting ground balls.  But now those ground balls have become line drives, and the line drives are falling.  Runs can come from anywhere in the lineup, anytime.  Proof of that came when the Tigers had nobody on and two out, a dead inning in the middle of the game.  Just a few pitches later, an inning that was left for dead became a two run rally on back to back RBI singles by Jeff Nelson and Mike “Muffin” Kunert.  Don’t step away when the Tigers are up to bat.
  • The defense was a little better.  Juan Sanchez made some amazing plays at short, and Dennis McGarel and Mike Estrada both made nice diving stops at second.
  • A huge pitching performance by Anthony Perez to earn the save.  Had this game gotten away from the Tigers it would have been devastating, but Perez slammed the door in the 7th to make sure it didn’t. 

The Negatives

  • Harris’ performance on the mound was nothing to write home about.  The Cubs weren’t killing the ball, but they were relentless in putting the bat on the ball in the right places.  Harris’ control was spotty, falling behind in the count frequently and putting the Cubs in good spots to hit.

Moving Forward

The Tigers hope they don’t lose any of this momentum they’ve earned as the next 13 days are idle.  They return to action with a stiff test, facing the Dogs on July 9th and the Outlaws on the 10th.  Enjoy the time off, Tigers. 

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Game Preview–Cubs vs. Tigers

Posted by sharris2929 on June 26, 2011

Cubs vs. Tigers

Sunday June 26th

7:00 pm

On the morning of game day, weather doesn’t look to be a threat to tonight’s game against the Cubs.  After inclement weather conditions brought a halt to the Tigers last game Tuesday night against the Cardinals in the second inning, the Tigers are eager to get back on the field.  With the way the offense has been rolling lately, it’s no surprise the Tigers are chomping at the bit.

Over their first 14 innings of the season, the Tigers offense managed only 5 meager runs.  In the 9 innings since then, they’ve put up 13.

Expect more of the same tonight.

The Tigers are expecting to have the full roster in attendance tonight.  With the big hits coming from up and down the lineup, expect the Tigers to give the Cubs pitchers fits.

What the Tigers are most hoping for is a complete performance in all aspects of the game, which is something that hasn’t happened yet this season.  The offensive problems seem to be in the past, and hopefully soon we can say the same thing about the defense.  If today is the day the Tigers put it all together, make sure you’re down at the Sportsplex at 7 tonight to witness the spectacle.

 

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Tigers 4 Red Sox 4–Postponed

Posted by sharris2929 on June 21, 2011

Mother Nature had her way with the Tigers-Red Sox matchup tonight, but not before the Tigers showed that their offense is still locked in.

With one out in the bottom of the second, and the score tied 4-4, as Dave Purkey threw a wicked fastball towards home, the lights at the Sportsplex went out.  The umpires had seen enough as dark storm clouds were gathering over the field, suspending the game at that point.

In their two at bats, the Tigers showed that their hot hitting had carried over from Sunday.  Following first inning singles by Juan Sanchez and Mike Estrada, Scott Harris doubled to the gap in left center to score Sanchez.  In the second, Curt Lechner walked and Muff Kunert doubled.  Joe Anaya drove in a run with a ringing single, followed by a Ryan Lytle walk and a two run single by Dave Hayse.

Unfortunately the defense continued its ways from Sunday as well, as a couple of early miscues assisted the Red Sox in scoring 4 first inning runs.  Dave Purkey made his first OTH league start and showed some big time resilience by striking out the third out, stranding the bases loaded. Purkey had two K’s in just an inning and a third.

The date has yet to be determined, but this game will resume with one out in the bottom of the second, runners on first and second.  We’ll post the date here as soon as we have it.

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Game Preview–Tigers vs. Red Sox

Posted by sharris2929 on June 21, 2011

Tigers vs. Red Sox

Tuesday June 21st

7:00 pm

The Tigers won’t have much time to stew over that painful loss to the Outlaws on Sunday, as they return to action tonight against the Red Sox.

The Tigers will be hoping to continue the heavy hitting they displayed two days ago, scoring 9 runs after only scoring 5 in the previous two games.  The ability to score runs up and down the lineup was expected out of this team, so Sunday’s performance should be the rule rather than the exception.  If that’s the case, the Red Sox should expect a long day.

The Tigers will be playing tonight without catching stalwart and offensive thumper Dan Titus.  Titus announced Sunday that he was missing the game due to his son having a little league game tonight, but rumors have been swirling around the internet that Titus is taking the game off due to fatigue from the longest at bat of his career back in the first inning Sunday night.  Insider sources have reported that Titus has been on IV fluids and bed rest ever since Sunday night. 

Come down to the Sportsplex tonight at 7 to see if the Tigers can continue their offensive explosiveness to dispatch the Red Sox.

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Tigers to Face the White Sox at the Steelyard

Posted by sharris2929 on June 20, 2011

The Tigers will take on their friendly rival White Sox at the Steelyard in Gary, home of the minor league Gary South Shore Railcats. 

This game will be the makeup game of the May 9th game that was rained out.

The game will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd at 5:30 pm.  Admission for fans is free.  Concession stands will not be open, but fans are free to bring in refreshments of their own (no alcohol or glass bottles). 

The cost of this event will be $90 dollars per player.

So make your plans to attend on August 2nd, and let’s get as many Tiger fans as we can to the Steelyard.

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Outlaws 11 Tigers 9

Posted by sharris2929 on June 20, 2011

As the game moved to the top of the fifth inning on Sunday night, the Tigers had the red hot Outlaws right where they wanted to, leading 7-2.  But the game was far from over, as Outlaws erased the deficit and built a lead of their own, winning 11-9. 

The Tigers picked up an early lead in the first, as Scott Harris drove in 2 runs with a single.  The score stood at 2-2 in the third, until the Tigers erupted for 5 runs, lead by a three run blast by Curt Lechner.

But for the Tigers, the wheels came off in the late innings, allowing the Outlaws to put up 9 runs over the final three frames.  The defense was a let down again, and several runs were given away.  Late RBIs by Juan Sanchez and Dan Titus made it interesting, but the Tigers fell just short.

The Positives:

  • Fort he first time this season, the Tigers offense came to life.   The Lechner homerun was the highlight, but up and down the lineup the Tigers were hanging line drives all over the field.  Juan Sanchez had two big extra base hits out of the 3 spot.  Dan Titus had possibly the at bat of his life, fouling off pitch after pitch to earn a walk.  He then stole second to move into scoring position and was driven home by Harris the next pitch.  After scoring only 5 runs in the first two games combined, the Tigers came out and finally hit like they expected to. 
  • Another nice performance on the mound by Scott Harris.  He went the first 4 innings, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs (0 earned), striking out 5 and walking 1. 

The Negatives

  • This one hurt, as the Tigers had a very tough Outlaw team on the ropes, but they just couldn’t finish.   A late five run lead is a comfortable feeling, but the Outlaws showed that you can never take your foot off the gas.
  • The defense was a little rough around the edges again.  The Outlaws’ late rally was aided by several Tigers miscues. 

Moving Forward

It’s a mixed bag for the Tigers coming off of this loss.  You love to see the offense finally start to produce, but you hate to give away a game that looked to be locked up. The Tigers look to build off this game as they take on the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

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Tigers 3 Cardinals 2

Posted by sharris2929 on June 12, 2011

The Tigers used some excellent defense and timely late game hitting to pick up their first win of the season, taking down the Cardinals 3-2.  Dennis McGarel (1-0) picked up the win in relief following a strong performance by Scott Harris.

The Tigers picked up an early run in the first, as Harris drove in Tom Ruiz with a single.  But after that, the Tiger bats went to sleep for a while.  With the score holding at 1-0 in the 5th, the Cardinals put a run on the board to tie it at 1.  With their backs against the wall in the 7th, the top of the Tigers lineup came through.

Anthony Perez walked, and three straight singles by Mike Estrada, Ruiz, and Harris plated two runs to put the Tigers up 3-1.  The Cardinals mounted a rally in the 7th, but McGarel stranded the tying run at first inducing a game ending fly ball.

The Positives:

  • Last time it was the defense that hurt the Tigers, but this time the defense shined.  Curt Lechner was a magnet for the ball, making a bevy of impressive plays at third.  Harris snagged a liner hit right back at him.  Perez and Estrada looked like lifelong teammates as they spun an impressive 6-4-3 double play to end the 5th.  Ruiz and Tim Mullally both made nice running catches on fly balls in a perilous wind.  With the defense looking so rough in game 1, this bounce back was a very positive sign for the Tigers.
  • The pitching was much improved as well.  Harris went the first 4, giving up 2 hits and a walk while striking out 8.  McGarel was impressive in picking up the win, giving up 2 runs in 3 innings while striking out 3.
  • In a game where offense was scarce, the top of the Tiger lineup was clutch in producing 2 late runs.
The Negatives
  • Not too many negatives to speak of.  You’d like to see the offense start rolling a little more, but a late rally may be just what the doctor ordered to heat this team up.
Moving Forward
This looked like a different Tiger team from last week.  A win like this could be a momentum builder, with the positive results carrying over to the Tigers next game on June 19th.  Check back this week for more coverage and analysis of the Tigers first win of the season.

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Game Preview-Tigers vs. Cardinals

Posted by sharris2929 on June 12, 2011

Tigers vs. Cardinals

Sunday, June 12th

4:00 pm

 

Remember all that stuff we talked about Thursday, about how the Tigers were trying to bounce back from their disappointing opening day loss?  Well they never got the chance as Mother Nature got the upper hand, washing the game out.  So the Tigers will be looking to pick up their first win of the season still, but this time with a new opponent, the Cardinals.

The Cardinals will also be looking to make a mark in the win column after falling to 0-2 with a loss Tuesday to the Dogs.

The Tigers will be without esteemed skipper Jeff Nelson today, who is away with a family obligation.  We’ll see if the Tigers can rally in his absence.  Come on down to the Sportsplex at 4 to find out.

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Game Preview-Tigers vs. White Sox

Posted by sharris2929 on June 9, 2011

Tigers vs. White Sox

Thursday, June 9th

7:00 pm

Game 1 of the 2011 campaign was not what the Tigers had in mind.  They are looking to erase those painful memories tonight as they take on the White Sox in Game 2.

The powerful Tigers bats were stifled by the Dogs solid pitching and defense, but they look to erupt tonight against the Sox.  The Tiger pitching and defense was substandard too, so they’ll have a lot to prove tonight.

The main opponent leading up to the game tonight may be Mother Nature,  as another powerful storm crashed through the area this morning, dumping several inches of rain.  Will the trusty parks department workers have the Sportsplex ready in time?  Or will this be the first in a potentially long line of rainouts?

The Tigers are hoping that the field is ready.  They know they’ll be ready to take on a familiar foe in the White Sox.  The Tigers have several players who wore the black and white last year, and several more who teamed up with the Sox in the spring league in South Holland this year.  So they’ll be no surprises in either direction tonight at 7 at the Sportsplex.

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