That’s only thing I can say about this game.
After the offense finally put up some runs and built a 5-0, Max throwing a gem, the bull pen and defense blew it.
Max threw 108 pitches through 7 innings. He struck out 13, allowed 2 hits, and 1 run.
I was hoping he’d come out for the 8th but when I saw Veras warming up I began to worry.
Veras, Smyly, Alburquerque, and Benoit couldn’t protect a 4 run lead and the Boston Red Sox evened the series with 4 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th.
Porcello came in to start the 9th and the wheels began to immediately fall off. He got Gomes to hit a ball between 3rd and short. Iggy fielded the ball and made a wide throw to first. The throw took a glove high hop but Fielder couldn’t knock it down. The hit and error sent the winning run to second with nobody out. Porcello got Saltalamacchia to foul down the first base line. Prince went to the stands but couldn’t make the catch. The ball hit off the heel of his glove giving Saltalamacchia new life.
Porcello then threw a wild pitch sending Gomes to third and Saltalamacchia singled through a drawn in infield to end the game.
I don’t have the words to describe this one. What an awful way to lose.
I hope it is not a back breaker.
Torii Hunter almost robbed David Ortiz of a game tying grand slam but seemed to over run the ball. It would have been a great catch but it looked like he might have made it if he didn’t over run it.
The Tigers may have stolen a game yesterday but they gave this one away.
Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter were both 0-5. If there is any good news coming out of the 1 and 2 slots in the order it is that Jackson only struck out once tonight.
I’m stunned and sick to my stomach.
This one hurts!
Let’s hope JV can give the Tigers 9 on Tuesday. Despite yesterday’s success, the pen worries me.
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