It's July 3, and we are in Detroit. And since I was pouting a little earlier, I'll use this Motown classic to get me rolling ...
A happy birthday to country singer Johnny Lee, who offered up this classic, along with Yankees GM Brian Cashman (1967), Moises Alou (1966) and Tom Cruise (1962)
Yes, Tom Cruise is five years older than Brian Cashman.
I guess working for the Steinbrenners will do that to a person.
And from www. nationalpastime.com, on this date in 1968
Luis Tiant struck out nineteen batters and allowed six hits in a ten-inning 1-0 complete-game victory against Minnesota at Cleveland Stadium. Tiant became the second pitcher to strike out more than 18 batters in an American League contest, only Tom Cheney of the Senators recorded more with 21 punch outs in an 16-inning game in 1962.First inning
Justin Verlander looks pretty good, striking out Ichiro, Figgins and Milton Bradley. It could be a long night for M's hitters.
Jason Vargas wasn't quite as overpowering but he gets a 1-2-3 inning as well.
Casey Kotchman making a rare start gets a rare hit. He also got a hit last night pinch hitting, so that's two in a row for him, raising his average to .191. But a two-out single doesn't do much for the Mariners as he is stranded.
Jason Vargas gives up a lead-off double to Miguel Cabrera which Franklin Gutierrez seems to lose in the sun. But M's starter Jason Vargas seems unfazed. He gets Brennan Boesch to pop up, gets Carlos Guillen to fly out and gets a groundball out from Brandon Inge.
Verlander strikes out Michael Saunders, Jack Wilson and Ichiro. Maybe he's going for an every other inning thing.
Vargas looks almost as good getting a lineout, popout and a strikout of Austin Jackson.
Milton Bradley draws a walk and Jose Lopez singles to left, but Verlander throws a nasty two-strike pitch way out of the zone to Gutierrez that he barely gets a piece of and grounds back to the mount. Verlander then gets ahead 0-2 on Kotchman and blows a 98 mph fastball at the letters by Kotchman, who tried to check his swing, but couldn't.
Vargas gives up a two out walk to Miguel Cabrera, which isn’t the worst of mistakes. But three straight singles, none of which were hit particularly hard, lead to two runs.
Given a 2-0 lead, Verlander rolls through the side 1-2-3.
Things completely fall apart for Vargas. Austin Jackson reached on a one-out single and Scored on Ryan Raburn’s double and Michael Saunders’ error in left field. Magglio Ordonez ripped another RBI double to score a run. After an intentional walk to Cabrera, Brennan Boesch singled to left to load the bases.
With Vargas’ pitch count at 101 pitches, Wakamatsu had seen enough and went to reliever Brian Sweeney. But the Tigers plated two more runs, both of which were charged to Vargas, on a Carlos Guillen single and a fielder’s choice off of Sweeney.
The M's finally get a run. Kotchman doubled to center and later scored on Michael Saunders infield single. Verlander even loaded the bases in the inning with two outs, but got Chone Figgins to ground out to end the Mariners only serious threat.
M's don't do much over the last two innings, they have runners, but at no point did it ever seem like they were going to score.
Final score 6-1