Today's game between the Tigers and Brewers was a verification of the the old baseball adage, "If you score more than 12 runs, and hold your opponents to 12 runs, generally you will win".
Besides scoring 25 runs, the two teams combined for 31 hits (Brewers 15, Tigers 16). The Tigers slugged 5 HRs in the losing cause. The Brewers didn't have any jackshots, but Craig Counsell didn't need to hit the ball out of the infield to drive in the 2 winning runs.
Dave Bush had a rocky outing in his last spring training start, giving up 5 runs in 5 IP. Also struggling out of the pen for the Brewers, Mitch Stetter and Claudio Vargas each giving up 3 runs in 2/3rds of an inning. Zach Braddock recorded only one out, however that was good enough to get the win. Robbie Weinhardt picked up a BS and the loss for the Tigers.
The Tigers committed 2 huge errors which contributed to their loss. Leading 5-0 in the bottom of the 5th, Tiger SS Ramon Santiago booted an double play opportunity, opening the door to an 8th run frame. In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Tigers protecting a 12-9 lead, reliever Robbie Weinhardt botched a routine play at 1st base, allowing both the tying and winning runs to score.
Craig Counsell delivers victory.
The Polish sausage won today's wiener race, again we are somewhat unclear if this was an exhibition race, or if we are keeping track yet.