Victor hit a solo shot in the 10th to bail out Tigers closer, Joe Nathan, and give the Tigers a split of the two game series with the Dodgers, 7-6.
After blowing his second save in a Tigers uniform, Tigers closer Joe Nathan, picked up a bat and headed to the on deck circle in the top of the 10th. As he was heading up the stairs of the dugout he had a short conversation with Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus.
Ausmus: What are you doing?
Nathan: Getting ready to hit.
Ausmus: Sit down. You’ve done enough.
Early on, I was afraid Ausmus was going to let Anibal go too long so he could qualify for the win. I thought he should have come out after Crawford’s double with two out in the 5th. But, Sanchez was able to get out of it. He was shaky at first, throwing 63 pitches in the first two innings, but settled down to retire nine in a row before Crawford’s aforementioned double.
Ausmus probably wanted to save Smyly, who was warming up, for the Dodgers left handers coming up. Whatever the case, it worked out, although Sanchez didn’t get the win.
Despite Nathan’s heroics, there was a lot to like in this game, not the least of which was Victor’s game winning solo shot in the 10th.
- The Tigers manufactured a run with steals in the first.
- Sanchez had a nice, unexpected double in the second.
- Dee Gordon’s costly error to extended the second inning.
- The Dodgers squeeze play in 2nd with a 3-2 count on Beckett, while not good for for the Tigers, was still a pretty sweet play.
- Nick Castellanos hit a three run shot in the third, his first MLB homer.
- The Tigers stole three bases.
- Ajax had a big sac fly in the 7th to increase the Tigers lead to 6-3.
- Tyler Collins got is first MLB hit in the 8th and added his second in the 10th.
- Drew Smyly and Ian Krol were smokin’ balls out of the pen. Smyly pitched three complete, allowing only one hit in relief of Sanchez. Krol came on to relieve Joba in the 10th and struck out Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Eithier.
- The Amazing Al came into relieve Krol and got the final out.
- Anibal Sanchez was shaky in the first two innings throwing 63 pitches.
- The Tigers bounced into three double plays.
- Joe Nathan.
- Joe Nathan got the win.
- Joe Nathan blew another save by giving up three runs in the 9th. I don’t have the words. He was horrible.
Quietly, Ian Kinsler seems to be a nice addition to the Tigers. Whether it is hitting, fielding or running, he seems to do something good to help the Tigers win. However, the best part about the Kinsler acquisition is that Prince in not in a Tigers uniform anymore.
Trivia: The Dodgers have now played longer in LA than they did in Brooklyn. (H/T Shannon Hogan)