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Tigers , Royals 10 (31-58)

With Mark Redman facing Kenny Rogers, there was no doubt that the game would be a taut pitching duel played in about 100 minutes, with a key three-hit rally being the only difference. Right? Wrong. Last night's game, beyond the outcome of course, represents part of what makes us keep coming back: you never know whats going to happen. Even if you know the Royals are likely to lose the game, you still don't know how they're going to do it.

Its really hard, and dull, to recap a back and forth, up and down game like that. Instead, lets look at an old favorite, the Win Probability Graph:

fangraphs.com

You can see how the two-out double by DeJesus in the 8th really changed the game (duh), taking the Royals from about a 15% chance of winning to right at 50% with one swing. German even reached on a error in the next at bat, leaving Reggie Sanders a chance to be a hero.

Reggie couldn't get it done, and the Tigers won i n the 9th, shocking no one. Two games in Detroit, two tough losses.

"We blow the lead but battled back," said Royals third baseman Mark Teahen, who contributed a double and a three-run homer to a 14-hit attack. "Then Affeldt makes a good pitch, and Guillen golfs it out of the yard.
The good news is that Buddy got to give his Al Pacino impersonation post-game:
"I don't know what to say right now," manager Buddy Bell said as he leaned against the wall outside his office in the visitor's clubhouse. "We got four runs off arguably the best pitcher in our league right now, and we pretty much had our best guy going, so ... " The pace of Bell's voice slowed. "We just couldn't hold 'em," Bell said.
OK, not quite, Bell veers too close to self-pity, while Pacino in Any Given Sunday was much more about self-awareness:

I'm too old...I look around, I see these young faces,and i think...
I mean, I've made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make...
I...eh... I pissed away all my money, believe it or not...
i chased off anyone's who's ever loved me...
and lately, I cant even stand the face I see in the mirror...

you know, when you get old in life,things get taken from you...
well thats....thats part of life...
but, you only learn that,when you start losing stuff...

Vintage.

By the way, good to see Mark Redman turn in a 3 walk, 0 K night, raising his season totals to 35 walks, 32 Ks. You don't see a starting pitcher do that over an entire season very often.

We still haven't seen Dougie or Grudz yet in the second half. Umm... OK.

I think we'd all love to see a win tonight, as the Royals look to avoid losing 5 straight. If we hit ten, I may have to bring back the futility watch.