Detroit Tigers, 47-43, 2 1/2 games behind Chicago.
A lot went right for the Tigers last night, as they beat the Angels and finally gained a game on the White Sox. Perhaps no moment was better than in the 7th inning, when Berry singled, stole 2nd, stole 3rd, and tied the game on the sometimes-elusive sacrifice fly. The Boesch Basch was the cherry on top.
When was the last time the Tigers had someone in the top 10 in stolen bases? Q-Berry is now 13th with a bullet, as one used to say.
As Kevin noted, there was an almost playoff-like atmosphere to the game last night. In fact, if the playoffs were to be held today, the first game would be a one-game wild card matchup between the Tigers and the Angels.
That game would not likely feature Jacob Turner, making his 2nd start of the season, or Garrett Richards, who is 0-1, 12.46 in his last 2 starts. The forecast calls for an 80% chance of offensive outbursts.
Turner’s outing today could be a bit of a showcase; his name comes up regularly in the trade deadline rumors, which now include, in addition to the unlikely Dempster and more likely Scutaro rumors, one that has the Tigers pursuing pretty much half of the Diamondbacks.
Stat of the Day: Latroy Hawkins, who came in last night in the 7th, intentionally walked Prince Fielder, who was 3-4 lifetime against him. Hawkins fared better against dad: Cecil Fielder was a career 1-for-11 against him.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Quintin Berry. Berry is one of two players in the league with at least 10 stolen bases who has yet to be caught stealing (14-for-14). The other is across the field, Maicer Izturis (11-for-11).
Today’s It-Worked-Last-Night Lineup: