I didn’t think I’d get to watch the Tigers last night, but thanks to a 2-hour plus rain delay I got to see most of the game, and I saw a little of everything. The lowlight of the game for me was Iglesias–again–being thrown out at the plate. The Tigers still lead baseball in runners thrown out at the plate, and it looks like they won’t be caught. Meaning they will be caught. You know what I mean.
This time was a particular head-scratcher, because holding Iglesias on 3rd would have meant bases loaded for Miguel Cabrera.
The highlight had to be the 8th inning, which began with a Gose bunt single (hey, how’d they think of that?) and then a surprise bunt single by Mr. October, Ian Kinsler, who was a mere 5-for-5 last night. It turned into a 3-run inning, and it turned out they needed all 3, especially after the weirdlight of the night, when a runner on 3rd was awarded home after a ball became briefly caught under McCann’s mask. Can’t say that I’ve seen that before.
Mr. Kinsler now sports these ridiculous 2nd half numbers: .387 BA, .412 OBP, 1.009 OPS. And that’s not exactly a small sample size, that’s 131 plate appearances. If the Tigers were in a pennant race, he’d be the talk of baseball.
The Tigers burned through a lot of bullpen last night, so they’ve finally sent Jefry Marte back down and called up RHP Drew VerHagen. See you in a couple of weeks, Jefry.
Today’s Let’s Score Another 10 Lineup:
- Raji Davis, LF
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- JD Martinez, RF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- James McCann, C
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Anthony Gose, CF
- Van Norrison, P