Opening Day 2010 is finally here, the game has been played and we were victorious! Then again, it was the Royals so... but then again it was the Royals with Zack Greinke so... it was more of a challenge than normal.
- My boy Magglio Ordonez had the first hit, first double and first run of the season (a good sign!) I bout jumped out of my skin at my desk listening to to my radio ipod...
- Austin Jackson flashed some leather (along with some lumber) with a throw from the outfield to Laird at the plate to prevent a run - Nice! Double that with his first Major League hit, run and RBI - I have high hopes for this guy.
-Johnny Damon came through going 2-5 with 2 rbi's, Brandon Inge joined in the party with 2 rbi's of his own.
Grienke was wonderful, giving up only one run in 6 innings but his efforts all fell to the wayside when the Tigers posted a 6 run 7th blowing up the Royals bullpen. Former Tiger Roman Colon gave up 2 runs without posting an out in the 7th. Verlander was decent in his first outing of the season giving up 6 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings. His pitch count wasn't exactly economical and he struggled to finish the fifth inning. If you had to pick a winner in the pitching duel of the year (09' strike out leader vs Cy Young winner) the obvious winner was Greinke.
Jose Valverde proved to be a bit of a roller coaster ride - it looked as if he forgot how many outs there were in the inning (after flashing the 2-2 sign to the umpire previously) and he half ran, half lobbed a ball at Cabrera on 1st to get the second out - sad thing is it was a tailor made, game ending double play if he would have just thrown the ball to Cabrera when he caught it instead of adding his dramatic trot half way to the bag.
Let's hope the Tigers keep it up - bats were a little quiet today but when the pressure was on they came up with the hits they needed.
On a side note, one more reason for me to miss my Polly Polanco - he hit a grand salami for the Phillies today... apparently he adapted well to his new/old team... we miss you Polly!!!