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Tigers 17 Dogs 8

Posted by sharris2929 on July 31, 2011

Saturday’s game marked two really  big developments for the surging Tigers team.  For one, the Tigers finally got the monkey off their backs and soundly defeated the Dogs 17-8, jumping out to a huge lead and never looking back.

Secondly, Dan Titus is back.

The beleaguered Tigers catcher had been slumping at the plate recently.  At the suggestion of shortstop Juan Sanchez, Titus had been moved to the second spot in the lineup to get more at bats.  In the understatement of the year, that move paid off.

In the first, after Sanchez lead off with a single, Titus blasted a mammoth homer, which finally came to rest on the 20 yard line of the new football complex.  Dan had so much fun with that homer, he did the same thing in the second, again with Sanchez on base.  Titus later added an RBI double and a single, finishing 4-5 with 5 RBI.

Dave Purkey hit his first homer of the season in a 5 run 7th inning, which served to throw some dirt on the Dogs’ grave.

The Tigers jumped out to a 10-1 lead after three innings, but the Dogs, as they always do, made it interesting by pulling to within 5 in the 6th inning.  But another 5 spot in the 7th inning put it out of reach.

Dave Purkey started and went the first three, giving up 3 runs.  Purkey started the fourth but put two men on base with no one out.  Scott Harris came in and worked out of the jam, getting a strikeout and a double play ball to end the inning.  Harris went the final four innings for the win, improving to 3-1 on the season.

 

The Positives:

  • To call the Tigers lineup the best offense in the league is an understatement.  They’ve now scored 10 or more runs in 8 straight games.
  • The lineup had been red hot without much of a contribution from Dan Titus.  Now that he is firing on all cylinders…look out.
  • Juan Sanchez had 4 hits, continuing his pacesetting at the top of the lineup.
  • Aside from one bad inning, the defense was very solid again.
  • Big thanks to Roman Perez for filling in on short notice.  Perez was called just 10 minutes before first pitch to fill in as the Tigers only had 8 players close to game time, and managed to go 1-2 with an RBI.
  • Purkey and Harris held down the Dogs, effectively stifling their offense.

The Negatives:

  • The only bad thing to say about this one is it’s too bad that the missing Tigers weren’t there to enjoy this one.

What’s Next:

Tuesday night, the Tigers take on the White Sox at the Steelyard at 5:30.  The winning streak is now up to 5 games, and this will be a fun way to go for 6.

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Game Preview–Tigers vs. Dogs

Posted by sharris2929 on July 30, 2011

Tigers vs. Dogs

 

Saturday, July 30th

1 pm

Back on July 9th, the Tigers lost a heartbreaker to the Dogs, falling 13-10 after having a 7-2 lead in the 5th inning.

Since then, the Tigers have been the hottest team in the league, winning 4 straight times and skyrocketing up the standings.  They sit at 6-3 on the season, with two of those three losses coming to the Dogs.

Let’s hope the third time is a charm for the Tigers.

Dave Purkey (2-0) will get the start for the Tigers, looking to earn his third straight win.  Both of his wins have come during the Tigers 4 game win streak, as Purkey has stepped up and become one of the best starters in the league.  He has never faced the Dogs, but he could be the difference that finally gets the Tigers the win against this team that has always eluded them.

The Tigers were rained out last night, odd since it was one of the nicest evenings of the summer.  They last played on Tuesday  night, when it took an amazing 7th inning comeback to beat the White Sox, 13-12.  Let’s hope that no comeback is needed, and the Tigers finally put these Dogs down, once and for all.  Come on down to the Sportsplex this afternoon to see if they can.

 

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Game Preview–Tigers vs. Red Sox

Posted by sharris2929 on July 29, 2011

Tigers Vs. Red Sox

Friday, July 29th

7 pm

Back on June 21st, the Tigers were sitting at 1-2 on the early season, but had shown some signs of life offensively in their previous game.  In the early going that night against the Red Sox, that trend continued, as the Tigers put up 4 early runs.  Unfortunately the Red Sox did too, and the game sat at a 4-4 tie in the second inning.  Then the weather that had threatened all evening finally hit, and the game was suspended.

Tonight these two teams will lock horns again, starting in the second inning to resume that suspended game. 

The Tigers have won 4 straight, including Tuesday night’s incredible come from behind walk-off win against the White Sox.  These two teams met again back on July 17th, with the Tigers picking up a 10-8 win. 

Let’s hope that the weather cooperates tonight, and this game can finally be completed.

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Tigers 12 White Sox 11

Posted by sharris2929 on July 26, 2011

Some Tigers fans probably left the Sportsplex a little early on Tuesday night, thinking that the Tigers had this one in the bag.  It was the top of the sixth inning.  The score was 8-1 Tigers.  Scott Harris had pitched one of his better outings of the year, holding the White Sox to just 1 run on 4 hits.  Dave Purkey  had thrown an inning of scoreless relief in the 5th.  Dennis McGarel had pounded the ball all over the yard.  This one was over.

The White Sox certainly didn’t agree.

The pesky Pale Hose put up 3 in the top of the 6th, but the Tigers answered back with one in the bottom, making it 9-4 going into the 7th.  Before this one was over, ten more runs would cross the plate, and the Tigers would need some late inning heroics to claim this victory.

The White Sox scored 7  in the top of the 7th inning, 4 of those with two outs, and went into the bottom of the 7th holding a 11-9 lead.  But this Tigers team never hung their heads, sure that the best offense in the league would come through in their turn.  And that’s exactly what happened.

Dennis McGarel  lead off with a ringing double.  Curt Lechner decided that looked like fun, and he pounded one into the gap to plate McGarel.  The lead was down to 11-10.  Tim Mullally had a great at bat and moved pinch runner Tom Ruiz to third with a ground out to second.  Dave Purkey hit a mile high pop up to short, but the White Sox shortstop lost it in the lights.  Ruiz made a daring attempt to score, but was thrown out.  That left pinch runner Joe Anaya at first and two outs, Juan Sanchez at the plate.  Sanchez smashed a double into the gap, scoring Anaya all the way from first to tie the game at 11.  The White Sox wisely pitched around Dan Titus, leaving Mike Estrada to be the hero.  With two strikes, Estrada lifted a single to right center, scoring Sanchez from second to win the game.

It’s not the ending the Tigers envisioned, but a win is a win, and that’s the fourth in a row for this resilient club.

The Positives:

  • Dennis McGarel decided tonight that he wanted to be the hottest Tiger, wrestling that title away from Joe Anaya, who had previously stolen it from Ryan Lytle and Mike Estrada.  McGarel went 3-3, including a monster homerun in the second, two doubles, 4 runs batted in, and a key stolen base in the 7th inning.  Not bad for a guy who hadn’t picked up a bat in a couple of weeks.  To top things off, Dennis earned the win on the mound, improving his record to 2-0 on the season.
  • Scott Harris had one of his best outings of the year.  He only allowed one run, walked none, struck out three, and surrendered only 4 hits.  His breaking stuff had the Sox off balance the entire time he was on the mound.
  • Another double digit run total for the Tigers, this coming when the offense wasn’t even firing on all cylinders.  Some poor umpiring behind the plate took the bat out of the Tigers hands a few times, but McGarel, Mike Estrada, and Mike “Muffin” Kunert all had big nights at the dish.  Estrada had the game winning RBI in the 7th (his second of the game), and Muff had three great at bats, going 2-2 with a walk and 2 big RBI.
  • The defense for the Tigers was very solid tonight.  The White Sox put the ball in play, and especially early on, the Tigers made plays over and over.

The Negatives:

  • The Tigers had their collective foot on the neck of the White Sox early on, but allowed a tough team to claw back in.  It shouldn’t have taken a 3 run rally in the 7th to win, but hey, we’ll take it.

What’s Next:

The winning streak is now up to 4, and the Tigers only have a couple of days to rest on this exciting victory.  On Friday, the Tigers will resume a contest against the Red Sox that had been postponed by rain earlier in the season.  The game will resume in the 2nd inning, with the Tigers and Red Sox tied at 4.

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Game Preview–White Sox vs. Tigers

Posted by sharris2929 on July 26, 2011

White Sox vs. Tigers

Tuesday, July 26th

7 pm

Hopefully the Tigers used this past week off to rest up.  They’re going to need it.

A punishing stretch of 5 games in 10 days starts tonight, as the Tigers put their 3 game winning streak on the line against the White Sox.  These two teams have not met this year, as rain washed away their first meeting back on June 9th. 

Since the holiday break around the 4th of July, the Tigers have been red hot, winning 3 of 4, including victories over the Outlaws, Red Sox, and Cardinals.  Their bats have continued to produce runs at a blistering pace, scoring 51 runs over the past 4 games.  The pitching has improved as well, bolstered by the performance of emerging ace Dave Purkey, who has won both of his starts in July. 

The Tigers will be without a few familiar faces tonight.  Esteemed head coach Jeff Nelson is out of town on vacation.  Anthony Perez is nursing his calf injury suffered last week against the Cardinals.  Dave Hayse is out of town and will return to the lineup on Friday.  Ryan Lytle is questionable, as the stomach ailment that kept him out of the lineup last week has continued to plague him.  The Tigers will welcome back Tom Ruiz, who has missed the past four games. 

When a team has a stretch like the Tigers have starting tonight, the key to success is getting off on the right foot.  Come on down to the Sportsplex tonight at 7 to watch them do just that.

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Tigers Begin Make or Break Stretch Tomorrow

Posted by sharris2929 on July 25, 2011

The 2011 Crown Point Over the Hill League started 56 days ago.  In that time, the Tigers have played 8 full games, and had one game start and get postponed by rain.  So let’s call that 9 games.  Another game was rained out in that time period.  So 9 games in 56 days averages out to about a game every 6 days.  About a game per week. 

Starting tomorrow, that pace picks up quite a bit, at least for the next couple of weeks.

The Tigers play the White Sox tomorrow at 7pm, kicking off a streak of 5 games in ten days, an unprecedented streak that will test the will, not to mention the arms, of this team.

The streak presents both positives and negatives for the Tigers.  As a positive, it gives them a chance to build on that momentum they’ve been carrying for the past few weeks.  The Tigers have won 3 straight games, and really should have won every game this season outside of the opening day debacle against the Dogs.  The bats have been red hot, and playing more frequently will keep it that way.

However, this streak does come at a bad time as well.  The Tigers are facing some injury concerns that could keep some of their most important pieces out of the lineup.

Leadoff man extraordinaire Anthony Perez left last Tuesday’s game in the first inning after an apparent calf injury.  That injury has been diagnosed as a tear in the calf.  According to Perez he is undergoing physical therapy but is out for the next three games at least.  He describes himself as a gametime decision for the August 2nd game at the Steelyard. 

Ryan Lytle is also a question mark for upcoming games.  Lytle missed last Tuesday’s game against the Cardinals due to a stomach ailment.  That ailment continued to plague Lytle throughout last week, so it is unclear whether or not he will be at full strength or even available for this week’s games. 

It’s a make or break stretch for the Tigers.  When the dust settles the Tigers could very well have pushed their way up towards the top of the league.  For that to happen, the Tigers need full team efforts all the way through, the kinds of performances they have been getting lately. 

Check back here frequently over this entire stretch for plenty of coverage and analysis of the biggest stretch of the season. 

 

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Team Stats

Posted by sharris2929 on July 20, 2011

 

 

Here are the updated stats.  I included basic pitching stats as well this time (games, starts, wins, losses, saves).  If you see any problems with any of your stats please let me know.

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Tigers 12 Cardinal 7

Posted by sharris2929 on July 19, 2011

On a miserably hot and humid night at the Sportsplex,  it seemed like it took a while for the Tigers to get going.  But when they got going, they really went.  Joe Anaya can be thanked for that.

Anaya continued his amazing hot streak, going 3-3 with a mammoth homer, 3 runs, and 4 RBI.  Anaya’s homer came at a crucial time, when the Cardinals had clawed back to within 2 runs.  His drive in the 5th, which cleared the wall by plenty and caromed high off the light tower in straight away left, took the wind out of the Cardinals collective sails, and they never scored again.

Scott Harris got the win for the Tigers, improving to 2-1 on the year.  Harris never really seemed to get comfortable on the mound, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, striking out 4 and walking 3.  Mike Estrada overcame a rough first inning of relief, and shut down the Cardinals over the final two innings to earn his second save of the season, both coming in the last two games.

The Positives:

  • Joe Anaya has hit all year, but lately he’s taking it to another level.  He might be the most difficult out in the league right now.  He ripped singles in his first two at bats, and if the light tower wasn’t there, his homer may have made it to the football fields.  In a lineup full of red hot hitters, Joe has stood out.
  • The offense continued to roll after a slow start in the first two innings.  Juan Sanchez went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Mike Estrada continued doing what he does, going 2-4 with two more RBI.  Dave Purkey went 2-3 including a double which almost left the yard.  The King, Curt Lechner, went 2-3 with an RBI.
  • Mike Estrada displayed another solid performance in relief, picking up his second save of the season.  He struggled in the 5th, but was lights out in the 6th and 7th, holding the Cardinals to no runs over the final two frames.
  • Another solid night defensively for the Tigers.  The infield and outfield both made some solid plays to get some much needed outs.  Great job, Tigers.

The Negatives:

  • Harris was just so-so on the mound.  He held the Cardinals to one earned run over the first 3 innings, but the heat seemed to catch up to him in the 4th, where he allowed three runs to narrow the lead to 5-4.  A solid offensive effort and the great relief of Mike Estrada are the only reasons Harris earned this win.
  • Tiger leadoff hitter Anthony Perez went down with an injury in the first inning and had to leave the game.  Perez lead off the bottom of the first with a solid single, but pulled up lame advancing from second to third on Juan Sanchez’ single.  Perez was assessed by team doctor Tim Mullally after the injury, but it is unknown if Perez will be available for the Tigers’ next game.

What’s Next:

With the winning streak at 3, the suddenly surging Tigers get a change to catch their breath, and take on the White Sox next Tuesday at 7 pm.

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Game Preview–Cardinals vs. Tigers

Posted by sharris2929 on July 19, 2011

Cardinals vs. Tigers

Tuesday, July 19th

7 pm

The Tigers met the Cardinals in their second game of the season, way back on June 12th.  The Tigers managed to scrape together 2 late runs to pull out their first win of the season, 3-2.  At the time the Tigers were still a work in progress, still trying to figure out their identity as a team. 

Well it’s June 19th now, and the Tigers have figured out who they are.

After just scraping together 5 runs over the first two games of the season, the Tigers have averaged over 11 runs per game since then, and established themselves as a fearsome lineup with production coming from all spots.  This is hardly a team you’d expect would have to “scrape together 2 late runs” like they did in the first game against the Cardinals. 

The Tigers will be looking to win their third straight, coming off a 10-8 win Sunday night against the Red Sox.  The offense was rolling early that night, scoring 9 runs in the first three innings, but stalled late, allowing the Red Sox to creep back in. 

Scott Harris (1-1) will make the start for the Tigers, coming off a nice performance last weekend in a no decision against the Dogs.  In the first meeting with the Cardinals, Harris went 4 innings, gave up no runs, 2 hits, 0 walks and struck out 8. 

So which team show’s up tonight?  Will it be the light hitting Tigers who had to scrape together two late runs to beat the Cardinals in June?  Or will it be the heavy hitting Tigers who have beat down opposing pitchers in the five game since?  Come on down to the Sportsplex tonight at 7 to find out.

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Party Announcement

Posted by sharris2929 on July 18, 2011

Tigers catcher Dan Titus asked me to post an announcement on the site.  He doesn’t have time to actually come to our game last night, but he has time to plan a party and bug me to post it.  Makes sense…

On Saturday, July 30th, the Tigers take on the Dogs at 1 pm.  Following that game, Dan Titus would like to extend and invitation to everyone to come to his house for the Inaugural Kegger for no Apparent Reason Party.  Dan promises tons of people, tons of booze, and tons of fun.  Spouses and children are welcome as well.  So let Dan know if you plan to attend.

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