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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
(9) Oklahoma defeats (8) Texas Tech
(5) Texas A&M defeats (12) Nebraska
(7) Kansas State defeats (10) Missouri
(6) Baylor defeats (11) Colorado
(1) Iowa State defeats (9) Oklahoma
(4) Oklahoma State defeats (5) Texas A&M
(2) Kansas defeats (7) Kansas State
(3) Texas defeats (6) Baylor
(1) Iowa State vs. (4) Oklahoma State
(2) Kansas vs. (3) Texas
Following the upset win over Kansas, Iowa State went on to win the rest of their regular-season conference games. They peaked at #13 in the nation following wins over Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, and Kansas State.
Due to their #1 seeding in the conference tournament, Iowa State will sit out the first round (along with Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma State). Their first matchup will come against the winner of Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Game 42 @ OAK
Ever have a game where you felt every emotion known to man? Tonight's certainly did just that for the Tigers.
There was a sense of trouble from the outset. Cole Hamels' first batter, Jemile Weeks, saw 12 pitches. To continue, he reached on an error. This first inning saw a double, then another error. When the dust cleared, it was 2-0 A's. Cole Hamels had already thrown 33 pitches.
The Tigers went 1-2-3 in the 2nd, after notching only a single off Brett Anderson in the 1st. Kurt Suzuki homered to lead off the second. And, the game went quiet after that...
There were 3 total hits from innings 3 through 6. But, there was a little hope in the top of the 7th. David Freese singled, then Adam Jones doubled to follow. But, Freese was thrown out at home to end the inning.
The outlook was bleak. The Tigers had squandered their only scoring opportunity of the game, but in the 8th, the Tigers re-learned that Brett Anderson wasn't invincible.
Over the course of three at-bats, the game re-tied itself. Jerry Sands homered; Wellington Castillo singled; and Ryan Braun homered to tie.
We saw no meaningful offense until the bottom of the 10th. Scott Sizemore singled and advanced on a bunt. Following an IBB to Brandon Allen, the pinch-running Thomas Francona was picked off at 2nd. Cliff Pennington flew out to end the threat.
Brett Anderson found himself out of the game after recording two outs in the 11th. His replacement, Brad Peacock surrendered what looked like a go-ahead and potential game-winning home run to Wellington Castillo. But, the bottom of the 15th came.
Thomas Francona redeemed himself, launching a bomb to right-center off of new Tigers closer Craig Kimbrel.
Thankfully, for the Tigers, the wheels of the Athletics' bullpen fell off in the 16th. There were six consecutive hits, including a home run. The last scoring play of the game, an RBI double, left the final score at 10-4.
Jordan Walden, the last reliever left in the Tigers' bullpen, closed the game in the 16th.
|Tigers at Athletics ||
|May 15, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||Extras||R||H||E|
|W: Craig Kimbrel (2-0) L: Brad Peacock (5-1)|
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Games 40 and 41 vs. CHW
Doug Fister one-hit the White Sox. Miguel Cabrera and Howie Kendrick homer for the Tigers.
Justin Verlander two-hit the White Sox, striking out 14. (Both belonged to AJ Pierzynski, who had all three of the Sox's hits this series!) Ryan Braun and Mark Trumbo leave their slumping behind, going 3-5 and 3-3 respectively. Brett Lawrie tripled, doubled, and drove in two. Wellington Castillo doubled twice.
Last time they met, an unranked Iowa State stormed the floor in Ames following a 71-69 upset win over (2) Kansas. This time, Iowa State had (18) next to their name, yet Kansas still stood at a very respectable #3 in the nation.
Iowa State never figured that success would come so easy at Kansas. The lead for the Cyclones got as large as 22, but when it came down to crunch time, Kansas brought it back down to 5, but a suffocating Cyclone defense helped alleviate the pressure usually put on the offense.
Tempo was heavily controlled by the Cyclones. The crowd at Allen Fieldhouse was also VERY quiet.
|Iowa State Cyclones at Kansas Jayhawks|
|Feb 13, 2010||1ST||2ND||OT||SCORE|
|#18 Iowa State (20-2 (10-0))||40||29||-||69|
|#3 Kansas (22-2 (8-2))||23||35||-||58|
Games 37-39 vs. BOS
Adam Jones homered. David Freese homered and also added a 2 RBI double. Cole Hamels pitched six shutout innings. John Axford notched a save with the bases loaded.
The game was in hand until the Tigers' bullpen gave up three in the 8th. JJ Hardy's sacrifice fly tied it back up. And, following singles by Miguel Cabrera and Adam Jones, Brett Lawrie's base hit won the game.
John Axford blew the save by giving up three runs without retiring a batter. David Freese walked off with a 2-out RBI single.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Mike Napoli had been slumping, so the Tigers got curious and saw an offer that they couldn't refuse.
Napoli and Jerry Sands head to the Braves for McCann and Eric O' Flaherty.
Sands was re-acquired by sending back O' Flaherty along with prospects, because the original intent was to only acquire McCann.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Games 33-36 vs. NYY
Ike Davis' RBI double in the bottom of the 8th broke the 1-1 tie. John Axford closed to save the game.
The Tigers rallied to score two in the 6th and four in the 7th to knock Phil Hughes out of the game. Brett Lawrie homered twice. Jair Jurrjens only allowed one earned run in 7 IP.
L: 6-4 (10)
Mike Minor surrendered a 3 RBI double to Prince Fielder in the 10th. He had all six RBI for the Yankees. The Tigers' 10th inning rally was cut short by K-Rod.
The Tigers sealed the series' fate early by scoring all of their seven runs within the first four innings. Justin Verlander struck out ten. Brett Lawrie had four RBI, with three coming off of an inside-the-park home run.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
When we were last together, we were all moping over the Cyclones' first loss on the season. It was a road loss, versus a Top 25 opponent in California.
Following that loss, Iowa State rattled off three wins versus: the rival Iowa, Bradley, and lastly Houston.
Another marquee matchup found its way to Ames when the Cyclones hosted the Duke Blue Devils. The first half belonged to Iowa State, who shot the lights out early. Duke went on a huge run early in the 2nd half, and with their tempo, they never looked back. The final was 90-81 and only the second loss on the year for Iowa State.
Since then, Iowa State has won 5 straight, including two HUGE upsets at home. Those upsets were versus (9) Texas (73-50) and the heart attack game versus (2) Kansas, a 71-69 victory.
The Cyclones are undefeated in the conference, but miraculously are NOT in either Top 25 poll, yet. They do rank #15 in RPI.
Because they are leading the conference, the Cyclones are slotted in as a #4 seed in early "Bracketology" reports.
There are STILL tough matchups ahead: @ Oklahoma, @ Baylor, @ Missouri, @ Kansas, and @ Kansas State...
Monday, January 28, 2013
Iowa State had cruised off to a 6-0 start, the most notable win coming against Northern Iowa (76-54). (This is NCAA Basketball 10, so that is the Northern Iowa team that upset Kansas later that year.)
However, that following Saturday, the Cyclones were mowed down by (14) Cal, by a score of 86-69. The first half was competitive; Iowa State briefly held the lead before going down seven at the half. The home court advantage was nearly overwhelming. Cal's lead got as high as 25.
In-state rival Iowa is up next, but the school eyes the January 6th matchup with Duke at home.
Yes, you heard that right. 2012 sensation Jerry Sands is your newest Detroit Tiger. He comes over at the cost of Addison Reed, and prospects Joe Martinez and Tommy Park.
Sands was named an NL Slugger for his 29 HR and 115 RBI with the Dodgers last season. He will platoon versus lefties and will also be made use of in the corner infield and corner outfield positions.
On a side note, the Tigers are experimenting with Scott Kazmir. The two-time All-Star signed a minor league deal. He last pitched in 2011, but fell victim to serious control issues.
Games 30-32 @ CLE
The Tigers simple take care of business yet again, winning their 11th straight. Ryan Braun hit a lead-off home run. Mike Minor made an outstanding relief debut for the Tigers.
Justin Verlander took a no-hitter to the 5th. Nothing went right for the Indians, as they committ three errors in addition to not scoring. Ryan Braun hit another lead-off home run, in addition to going 5-7. Ike Davis was 4-5. Miguel Cabrera was 4-6. Mark Trumbo drove in seven runs. Lastly, JJ Hardy was a triple short of the cycle. Fausto Carmona, Kevin Slowey, Cory Kluber, and Nick Hagadone were responsible for most of the runs.
L: 9-8 (11)
The "Win"-dians make a surprise appearance in the series finale. The Tigers thought they had the win in hand twice, with a 3-0 lead after 6, and a 8-4 lead after 8. The bullpen implodes, giving up 5 of the Indians' 9 in the 9th inning or later.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
So, I broke out NCAA Basketball 10 and remembered how much fun it was. I ended up starting a new dynasty with a created coach. In an attempt to be "realistic", I opted to only be able to select from schools who offered me a job. And, of those, Iowa State was the best.
We are already 1-0 with a 88-55 win over Idaho State.
|Iowa State Cyclones Depth Chart - 2009-10|
|PG||Diante Garrett (80)||Scott Christoph (69)||Bubu Palo* (61)|
|SG||Chris Colvin (74)||Charles Boozer (72)||Dominique Buckley (71)|
|SF||Lucca Staiger (76)||Marquis Gilstrap (69)||Alex Dorr* (60)||Antwon Oliver* (62)|
|PF||Craig Brackins (84)||Jamie Vanderbeke (77)||Laron Dendy (73)||La Pomlee* (70)|
|C||Justin Hamilton (79)|
Friday, January 25, 2013
Games 27-29 @ MIN
Tigers almost fall victim to "Death by Twinning" (lots of singles), but Brett Lawrie hit three home runs and Wellington Castillo was still streaking.
W: 4-2 (10)
It looked like rookie Camden Nelson-Graves was going to be the hero for the Twins, with his go-ahead two-run dinger in the 7th. However, the Tigers rallied in the 8th, thanks to bad defense from the Twins middle infield. Miguel Cabrera's 2-RBI double in the 10th drove in the eventual game-winning runs.
The Tigers swept the Twins behind an improbable offensive onslaught. Ryan Braun went 4-7 and hit a grand slam. David Freese was a triple shy of what could have been his second cycle of the year. Mark Trumbo went six for six! But most importantly, Jair Jurrjens didn't give up an earned run in his return to the Tigers.
The expectations were high, and Jered Weaver didn't fill them. As a result, he will be shipped to Atlanta along with platoon outfielder JD Martinez.
On the other hand, the Tigers will re-acquire Jair Jurrjens and also recieve Mike Minor.
The move frees up nearly $6 million from the cash-stripped Tigers, and also eliminates the need for Felix Doubront, who hasn't shown much new this season.
Fans should expect supplementary moves. It is unknown whether or not Jurrjens stays with the Tigers because it is a contract year. Felix Doubront is certain to be leaving the Tigers; however. And, a need has opened for a corner outfielder who hits well versus lefties.
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