As I listened to the Tigers 2-1 victory over the Royals this afternoon, I kept waiting for the implosion. After what we’ve seen from this team over the last 30 games, can you blame me?
The Royals scored in the top of the first, “oh no, another terrible start by a Tigers starter?”
Sanchez pitched 7 innings, allowed five hits, one run, and walked only one.
In the bottom of the fourth, Miggy gets picked off of second base. J.D. Martinez follows with a home run to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. “Watch they’ll lose 3-2.”
When Joba took over for Sanchez in the 8th, “its Joba’s turn to melt down.”
When Nathan came on in the ninth to close the game, “another blown save”.
He struck out the side.
Today the stars aligned. The Tigers got a quality start, a few runs, overcame a few mistakes and pulled within 1/2 game of the Royals.
Is this a turning point or an anomaly?
“God I love baseball.” -Roy Hobbs | The Natural