GIF of the Day: Jose Valverde serves up game-tying home run in the ninth inning

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Jose Valverde blew his third save of the year today, allowing a two run homer to Kansas City's Lorenzo Cain in the ninth inning of today's Tigers-Royals game.

Jose Valverde was one strike away from closing out a 2-0 Tigers win and series victory over the Kansas City Royals. He had Lorenzo Cain down in an 0-2 count with Eric Hosmer standing on second base. Cain fouled a pitch off and was a touch late on Valverde's fastball.

Then, disaster.

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Cain's home run tied the game and appeared to deflate the Tigers. Jim Leyland pulled Valverde for Phil Coke, who retired the side in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. After the Tigers went down in the top of the 10th, the Royals scored a run on an RBI single by Eric Hosmer, winning 3-2.

With the Tigers off tomorrow, there will undoubtedly be plenty of focus on Valverde's performance (including here!). This particular pitch was, in a word, horrible. Overall? That's for others to decide.

What do you think? Should Valverde keep his job? Or is this the last time we see Papa Grande in the ninth for the Tigers?

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