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Game Preview: Tigers vs. Brewers

Posted by sharris2929 on May 29, 2012

Tuesday, May 19th

7:00 PM

Tigers vs. Brewers

It’s been 10 days since the Tigers made their 2012 Crown Point debut, posting a thrilling 9-6 come from behind win over the White Sox on May 19th.  After that thrilling win, the Tigers have been itching to get back on the field.  They’ll do so tonight against a friendly rival from last season, the Brewers. 

These two teams split a pair of thrillers last season, each winning a one run contest.  They looked destined to meet in the playoffs to settle the score, but a misstep by the Tigers prevented that from happening.  The Tigers and Brewers didn’t meet until late in the season in 2011, but they’ll reverse that trend in 2012, meeting twice in the next two weeks.

The Brewers will enter this contest 0-1, losing their opener 14-10 vs. the Cardinals back on May 20th. 

The Tigers scored 9 runs in their last 3 at bats in their opener back on May 19th.  Will they be able to carry the momentum over from 10 days ago and put up an early lead against their rivals?  Come down to the Sportsplex tonight to find out.

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Tigers 9 White Sox 6

Posted by sharris2929 on May 29, 2012

In their first game of Over the Hill League action last Saturday, the Tigers looked like a beaten team through three and a half innings.  Going into the bottom of the 4th, the White Sox had opened up a 6-0 lead, and the Tigers had nothing going for them at all.  The offense had been sluggish.  The defense had been leaky.  Starter Scott Harris was less than impressive on the mound. 

But in the blink of an eye, everything changed in the bottom of the fourth.

The Tigers offense finally showed its teeth, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring 6 runs to tie the game up.  The White Sox had the collective air taken out of them as the momentum shifted fully to the home side.  The Sox never scored again as Dennis McGarel (1-0) pitched 3 great innings in relief to garner the win, and the Tigers added 3 more runs to seal the win, 9-6. 

The fourth inning rally started on 3 consecutive singles by Jeff Nelson, Curt Lechner, and Keith Wood, bringing Dave Purkey to the plate with the bases loaded.  Purk promptly unloaded them with a double to the gap, cutting the lead to 6-3.  Anthony Perez, Scott Harris, and Dan Titus added RBI’s later in the inning to tie the score.  Titus also drove in 2 more runs in the 6th to put the game away for good. 

Even though it took a while for the Tigers offense to get going, it ended up being a very balanced attack.  Titus lead the way with his 3 RBI, going 2-2 and reaching base 3 times.  Purkey added 2 walks to go along with his 2 run double.  Harris, Lechner, and Perez also added 2 hits each. 

As per tradition, let’s take a look at the positives and the negatives from this Tigers outing:

The Positives:

  • A great comeback for the Tigers, showing that they possess the same never say die attitude in 2012 that they had in 2011.
  • Everyone contributed offensively, as the big 6 run rally went through almost the entire batting order.
  • Dennis McGarel was terrific in relief earning his first win of the season.

The Negatives:

  • The Tigers showed a little rust on defense.  After being among the best defensive teams in the league last season, they looked a little lost at times with the leather. 
  • Although the defense did him no favors, Harris was not at his best on the mound. 

A win is a win, and a win like this can help build some momentum going forward.  We’ll see if it helps the Tigers take on the Brewers on Tuesday.

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Game Preview: White Sox vs. Tigers

Posted by sharris2929 on May 18, 2012

White Sox vs. Tigers

Saturday, May 19th

1:00 PM

Crown Point Sportsplex

Last season, the Tigers were the big surprise of the Over the Hill League, challenging for a league championship after years of toiling in the cellar.  Their dramatic improvement of that new-look ballclub allowed the Tigers to sneak up on the rest of the league. 

The Tigers won’t be doing any sneaking this year. 

With nearly the same roster returning from last year’s 14 win campaign, the Tigers find themselves among the early favorites to contend for a title again this year.  The path to glory starts tomorrow at 1pm. 

The Tigers will line up against the always tough White Sox, who may have revenge on their collective minds. 

Flash back to October 2nd, 2011, which was the last time these two teams met.  It was last year’s playoffs, and both team’s found themselves in the losers’ bracket, meaning one team would be going home for good after the game.  The Sox started hot and found themselves with a 2-0 lead and the bases loaded before they even made their first out, but Dave Purkey struck out the side and the offense responded.  The Tigers pounded in 16 runs and the outcome was never in doubt, winning 16-6 to end the White Sox’ 2011 campaign. 

Tigers fans will recall that despite the big win, that team was hobbled with injuries.  Dan Titus foolishly broke his thumb playing flag football and was unable to catch.  Joe Anaya was slowed with a calf injury.  Those injuries are all a distant memory.  The Tigers are healthy and ready to play, with 8 players taking part in the South Holland spring league to prepare for the season. 

Mother nature should be providing perfect conditions for the game, as the weather calls for sunny skies and 88 degrees at first pitch.  Let’s hope the Tigers start the season just as hot.

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2012 Tigers Schedule

Posted by sharris2929 on May 17, 2012

Attached you will find the complete 2012 schedule for the Crown Point Over the Hill League.  The Tigers make their Crown Point debut this Saturday at 1pm, facing the always scrappy White Sox.

Check back here in the mean time for extensive coverage of Opening Day, 2012. 

 Tigers 2012 Schedule

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Tigers Begin Spring League on a Hot Streak

Posted by sharris2929 on May 1, 2012

The Tigers are participating in the South Holland, IL Spring League this year, using a squad made up of mostly Tiger regulars, with a few others tossed in.  The Tigers have started out this season on an absolute tear, going 4-0 in the first three weeks of the season.  Here is a recap of the first four games:

April 15th:  Tigers 17 Red Sox 8

The Tigers bats got going early an often in this one, burying the Red Sox easily in a laugher.  The pitching was extremely solid as well, with Tiger regulars Scott Harris, Mike Alleva, and Anthony Perez combining to give up only 1 earned run in 6 innings. 

April 15th:  Tigers 12 Dogs 6

The bats were out again as the Tigers beat down the Dogs in their second game that day.  Gordon Sharkey, normally of the Outlaws but playing with the Tigers this spring, pitched 4 dominant innings and bombed a 3 run homer through howling winds. 

April 22nd:  Tigers 6 White Sox 4

The offense got it going early, but slacked late.  Luckily, another solid outing for the Tigers pitching staff ensured a win.  Mike Alleva went a solid two innings, only surrendering a lone hit while striking out 4.  Scott Harris and Dave Purkey also tossed scoreless frames in the win. 

April 29th:  Tigers 7 Red Sox 6

This one was an instant classic.  Dave Purkey started on the mound and was fantastic, only the defense let him down and allowed the Red Sox to move out to an early 5-1 lead.  But this is the Tigers we are talking about here, and no lead is safe.  They scratched out two runs to make it 5-3, only to have the Red Sox add another one to make it 6-3.  Scott Harris had since replaced Purkey on the mound, and held the Sox in check, allowing the Tigers to tie it up in the bottom of the 7th.  Harris threw his second consecutive 5 pitch inning to hold the Red Sox scoreless in the top of the 8th.  In the bottom, Dave Purkey lead off with a walk.  Juan Sanchez came up one out later and promptly ended the game with his 4th hit and second triple of the game. 

It’s tough to get excited about results in spring training, but a 4-0 start will certainly have the notice of the other teams in the league. 

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THE TIGER DEN RETURNS

Posted by sharris2929 on May 1, 2012

First off, this is a long time overdue.  It’s already May, plenty is happening in the world of Tigers baseball, and there is no excuse for this being my first post.  A big project has taken over my work time, and spilled over into my non-work time to, leaving me virtually no time to chronicle the adventures of your favorite Over the Hill League team.

But things have simmered down, so expect all your latest Tiger news here.  Check back frequently for updates, and thanks for reading!

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