For the second game in a row (from a total of two) the Tigers have walked off against the Royals. Manager Brad Ausmus used the new replay rules effectively, one which could be viewed as the turning point in the game. While his predecessor likely would have done the same, it just seemed that fitting that the brand new manager uses the brand new rule to ensure his team’s success.
Starting pitcher Max Scherzer seemed to find his Cy Young winning form after a shaky first inning. He tossed eight shutout innings and was in-line for the win until closer Joe Nathan channeled his inner Valverde by loading the bases and allowing the tying run to score in the top of the ninth.
The offense today was supplied almost solely by second-baseman Ian Kinsler. He drilled a home run into the visiting bullpen in the 4th inning and then supplied the game winning hit in the 10th.
According to Elias Sports, this is the first time since 1901 that the Tigers have opened the season with back-to-back walkoff wins.