A walk-off. Followed by a skate-off. Harrumph.
At least it was a walk-off and not a WALK-off: when the count went to 3 balls with the bases loaded you could almost see it coming. In fact I even had renamed Joaquin Benoit in my head (Walk-in Benoit). So, at least that was averted. The bad news is that we are now on a 4-game losing streak. I blame myself: I didn’t have my customary Player of the Pre-Game. Won’t happen again.
Another day, another chance to get back to that winning thing. Justin couldn’t do it, Bad Brad couldn’t do it. Max had winning by the tail, but it apparently injured itself doing the 7th-inning stretch and danced off to a Carlos Santana tune. Today it is up to Rick Porcello to get the Tigers back on track. Porcello was brilliant in his last outing against Seattle, and has always done well in his career vs Cleveland (4-0, .228), so hopefully the evening will be filled with the sound of groundballs.
Porcello will need to be good, since he is being opposed by Major-League-Debut-Guy, who consistently stymies Detroit’s offense. Today’s MLDG is 22 year old righty Alex White, who was a freshman at North Carolina when they were recruiting Porcello (to put Porcello’s age in perspective). It will be up to the lineup to try to capitalize on their opportunities today. The same lineup that had no trouble getting on base yesterday, but tended to get left there (10 LOBs)
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Alex Avila
Alex got his 18th RBI yesterday. We now have 19 RBI from the catcher position. Last year we only had 55 for the entire season. Avila’s .319 BA leads all AL catchers. And he has been up 9 times with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 out, and has a walk, a single, a double, a triple, 2 sac flies, and 9 RBI to show for it. So if we get that guy to 3rd today, Alex will get the run home.
Today’s same-as-yesterday lineup: