Game 2016.32: Tigers at Nationals

Last night the Tigers hit a new season Lowe, as they ran their losing streak up to 7.

The game was an interesting game despite the ending, with a decent start by Anibal Sanchez, the reappearance of JD Martinez, some umpire-baiting, and some conversation-provoking managerial decisions. For what it’s worth, Brad says that he did anticipate that Washington would intentionally walk Martinez. But his thinking was “hey, more RBIs for Saltalamacchia if he runs into one” (that’s a paraphrase). He didn’t, and Brad regrets getting greedy.

There is a lot of talk about Brad Ausmus being on the hot seat, but with May’s unseasonably cold weather, that sounds more comfortable than what is warranted. Maybe instead they should slide a couple of those ice packs into his seat cushion.

Bryce Harper is probably looking at a suspension for coming onto the field after being ejected. Not to mention that he gave a verbal Collinsing to the umpire while he was out there. Dusty Baker says he might have to spank him (yes, he did).

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Kinsler, 2B
  2. JD Martinez, LF
  3. V Martinez, 1B
  4. Castellanos, 3B
  5. Upton, LF
  6. McCann, C
  7. Gose, CF
  8. Romine, SS
  9. Fulmer, P

Tonight was probably going to be Cabrera’s night out of the lineup anyway—Castellanos, Cabrera, and Martinez were going to each play 2 games of the series. He says his knee is OK. Iglesias is in a 1-for-19 slump, the worst of his career, so lettuce hope Romine can do better.