In the game of baseball, above all, the goal is to score more runs than the other team. There are various ways to score runs — a single with a man on 3rd. A bases loaded walk. A 2 run double. A PED-assisted grand slam. These are common ways to score runs in Base Ball. Today, at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, USA, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy, The Universe, James Leyland’s Detroit Tigers scored 1 more run than Robin Ventura’s White Stockings, a 3-2 affair that lasted 24 half innings. Frederick Porcello pitched a swell game, only allowing one foot to step on home plate, Adam Dunn’s foot, after he hit a Wildfire Schulte reminiscent bomb to the vegetation in dead center field.
Freddy kept the White Sox hitters at bay, allowing 8 hits over his 7 point 2 innings pitched. His counterpart, Brazillian-born Andre Rienzo, held the Tigers bats down for a spell, but ultimately succumbed to an Alex Avila double that barely scored an iron-legged Victor Martinez, tying the game. Ramon Santiago followed up with a go ahead sacrifice fly and the Motown Babies were sitting pretty.
Until, that is, Paul Henry Konerko, legendary South-sided slugger, stepped to the plate in the 9th inning. Andrew Smyly threw him 2 pitches, the 2nd one traveling 421 feet to left center field and bringing Chicago and Detroit to a dead heat. Recently acquired bullpen mercenary Jose Veras was inserted after the round tripper, and pitched two scoreless innings to relieve Detroit of their plight. Bruce Rondon also pitched two scoreless innings, striking out the aforementioned slugger P.H. Konerko on a 161 KMH fastball. He finished with 3 strikeouts.
The Tigers had a rough time scoring runs in the game. In 7 straight innings they put the leadoff man on 1st base, and only twice did he score — and the last was Matthew P. Tuiasosopo, pinch running for Jose Miguel Cabrera who guided a pitch into shallow center field in his pinch hit appearance. Donny Kelly bunted Mr. Tuiasosopo to 2nd base, where Right Fielder Torii Hunter drove him home with a solid line drive single to left field.
It’s important to note in this three to two victory, the newest Tigers player, Jose Iglesias, made quite an impression on the team, and fans alike, with his spectacular glove wizardry in the game. He made a graceful play on a stumpy grounder to 3rd, throwing out his runner by a substantial margin. His best play did not result in an out, but turned a sure double into a single. Tigers fans around the world will be watching Mr. Iglesias with a smile in their hearts and a twinkle in their eyes for years to come.
This recent home stand for the Tigers proved fruitful, as they swept clubs from Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago to finish 8-0. They’ll be piling into the train tonight to travel to Cleveland, where they’ll face the brave men from Cleveland, the Indians. Anibal Sanchez will take the mound for Detroit, and Corey Kluber will toe the rubber for the Tribe.