Game 2014.98: Tigers at Diamondbacks

For those of you who could stay up long enough, you probably wish you hadn’t, although pretty much the whole game took place in the 8th inning.

In the top of the 8th, the Tigers blew not one but two opportunities with a runner at 3rd and less than two outs. The first was when Kinsler was caught in the dreaded Run On Contact play. I wish I had numbers for how often that fails; it seems to be a lot, not just with Detroit, but with other teams as well. It doesn’t help that the Tigers hit the ball so hard–the Martinez grounder got to first so fast Kinsler had only made it about a third of the way home. Kinsler valiantly got in an extended rundown, but Cabrera was having none of trying to get to 3rd.

Fortunately, Torii Hunter came through–again!–and put the Tigers back ahead, and gave them another opportunity with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Unfortunately, Avila had to face a lefty, and I don’t think any of us were surprised at the weak strike out that followed. I’m sure Holaday wouldn’t have done any better, said no Tiger fan.

Then came The Decision: pinch-hit for Porcello, or send him back out for the 8th. Normally that is an automatic PH situation, but Porcello was only at 77 pitches, and had just breezed easily through the 7th. In addition, Joba Chamberlain (and maybe Nathan) were unavailable in the bullpen. Ausmus rolled the dice, and lost: Davis had a pinch-hit called 3rd strike, and Larry, Curly and Moe blew the lead in the 8th.

Well, today is another day and another game, which is one of the great things about baseball.

Today’s Did Not See That Coming Lineup:

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Davis, LF
  3. Kinsler, 2B
  4. Cabrera, 3B
  5. V Martinez, 1B
  6. Kelly, RF
  7. Avila, C
  8. Romine, SS
  9. Sanchez, P

Following the ol’ Rest ‘Em While They’re Hot strategy, Ausmus sits Torii Hunter for The Donkey, who at least has a positive history against Cahill (4-for-7, HR). He tries something new with The House by the Side of the Road in the 2nd spot, bumping Cabrera-Martinez back to 4-5.




    July 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    If we win with this lineup it will be a miracle.
    It is really obvious that Miggy’s usual power is not there, especially lately. Could it be that the surgery has not allowed him to get back to his usual weight lifting routine and he is now depending on only his natural strength.

    • Coleman

      July 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Miracle in progress.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Wasn’t there a report that came out over the AS break where he said his oblique is still injured?

  2. jud

    July 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    2014…Alex Avila BA bases loaded….000
    Alex Avila BA runners 2nd +3rd..000
    RBI’since All Star game….000

    personally we PH for the wrong guy..

  3. Coleman

    July 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Hah, Avila. That’s baseball!

  4. jud

    July 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Ya he just secured his line up spot for the next month with an actual hit and rare RBI…


      July 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Everybody gets lucky sometime.

  5. Mark

    July 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I was at the game last night 2 rows back from the Tigers on deck circle. The drunk D Backs fans were heckling Tiger hitters all night. One guy yelled at Tori Hunter that his sister’s name was Tori. Hunter turned around and said “then you’re sister must be a man.” Hilarious.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      I love it. In case you needed a reminder, this is a perfect example of why it’s always better to go to a game in person.

  6. Angus

    July 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Avilla with all 3 RBI’s. Who would have predicted that?

  7. Coleman

    July 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Donkey on fire.

  8. jud

    July 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Glad Avila is finally reading DTW between innings about all the crap we type about him! And has responded…

  9. jud

    July 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Jackson and Avila both with multiple RBI…Nobody predicted that one…We will take it!

  10. jud

    July 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    This is getting closer to blowpen proof!….maybe 3 more will do it!

    • Vince in MN

      July 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      The question is, is 7 runs Sanchez proof?

  11. Vince in MN

    July 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    7 runs for Sanchez and it is only the 5th inning. That’s about three starts worth for him right there.

  12. Vince in MN

    July 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I think De La Rosa unintentionally intentionally walked Kelly there just so he could pitch to Mr. K.

  13. Vince in MN

    July 23, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Ausmus is completely at sea managing in the NL.

  14. Coleman

    July 23, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    What is with Austin Jackson? May it stay with him.

  15. Angus

    July 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Are we back to a Blowpen proof score?

  16. Mark

    July 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Looked like Cabrera’s homer was coming up to hit me here in the upper deck. Even the D Backs fan behind me said he wanted him to hit it out so he could say he saw Cabrera hit a home run.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      July 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Sounded like the fans were going nuts. Lots of Tigers’ fans Mark? Or everyone just cheering for a superstar?

      • Mark

        July 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        Lots of Tigers fans. Feels like 50-50.

        • Kevin in Dallas

          July 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

          Feels like that everywhere these days. Tigers fans are awesome.

          • KW

            July 24, 2014 at 12:01 am

            It’s because so many people have fled Michigan. Tigers fans are everywhere now. Maybe this will be their chance to become America’s Team like the Yankees or Red Sox.

  17. jud

    July 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Good win if we hold in heading to the dreaded LA trip…good to see the AL Central getting back to .500 again also..

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