Angels starting pitcher Hector Santiago headed to the clubhouse for a wing repair after 5 2/3 innings today, due more to the egregious fielding sins of his teammates in the 1st and 6th innings than to any fatal flaws in his pitching performance. That said, his biggest wound was at least partially self-inflicted, as Hector committed the third… yes, the third error of a single play sequence that resulted in Ian Kinsler scoring from first base. It all started with a wild and ultimately unnecessary throw from catcher Hank Conger as Kinsler looked to steal 2nd on what ended up being ball 4 to Miguel Cabrera. Conger’s errant throw was seconded by Mike Trout’s from CF and Santiago became the third stooge in this slapstick play when he threw wildly to home, trying to prevent an aggressive Kinsler from capping the bloopers with a run.
When all was said and done, the Tigers left the 1st tied with the Angels 1-1 and we all got a good chuckle. Perhaps Porcello’s quick and unsurprising earned run in the top half of the inning would not signal doom after all.
Another wild throw from Conger in the sixth, this one on a pick-off attempt of Austin Jackson at 1B, led to the Tigers second, last and winning run. Jackson moved to 2nd base on the throw and Nick Castellanos drove him in with a single to center. It was Nick’s 4th RBI of the series and 8th of the season. The consistently solid contact we’ve seen from Castellanos this year is a welcome sight and has certainly helped the Tigers stat afloat amid a continued slump from their MVP (0-3 on the day and hitting just .200 over the last 7).
The Rajai Davis leadoff experiment sputtered today, despite the Angels starting a leftie, as Rajai K’d three times and flied out in his first at bat. Bright spots included a 2-2 outing by Andrew Romine, including a stolen base + walk and 2 combined innings of scoreless relief from Krol, Al Al and Nathan, who earned his third save of the season. Did I mention we no longer have to worry about Alex Gonzalez at short? The fact that Andrew Romine has higher BA and OBP than Miguel stands zero chance to last but from here on out, we can all count on a competent glove at SS between he and Danny Worth, who was called up from AAA with the release of Gonzo.
After an unsparing first inning from Rick Porcello, things turned around quickly for the Tigers this Sunday, aided by the Angels best little league impersonation – and hey, even the best teams need a little luck to land in their baskets sometimes. Ricky settled in nicely, Mike Trout was 0-3 (haha) and the Tigers did just enough to capitalize on their chances. A win’s a win. Miggy will turn it around. AND DETROIT WON A SERIES AGAINST THE ANGELS!! Woot.
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