In tennis, when you break the other player’s serve, winning the very next game when you are serving is called consolidating the break.
Tonight was a game the Tigers needed to consolidate the break in their awful run of games during the last 10 days. They pulled out a gutsy win yesterday but needed today’s game to get them on track.
They got an absolutely lights-out, ball smokin, performance from Anibal Sanchez. He allowed only three hits in eight and a third innings but couldn’t get any help from his friends.
Joe Nathan blew his fourth save of the season surrendering a three run homer to Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the ninth.
Despite only scoring one run, I had a good feeling about this game, even after Sanchez gave up a one out double to Coco Crisp which brought in Nathan.
But the optimism quickly turned to despair. The first batter Nathan faced was John Jaso who hit a line drive that went off of Nick Castellanos’s glove into left field. I have no idea how Jaso was given a hit. This was an E5 all day long. If your third basemen can’t make that play, you aren’t going to win.
Here’s some food for thought:
- Perhaps substituting DK for Castellanos late in close games would be a good idea.
- The left side of the Tigers infield is a problem.
- The Tigers still need a closer.
Another deep deep breath.
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