|Final - 6.13.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||R||H||E|
|Tampa Bay Rays||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||8||1|
|WP: David Purcey (1 - 0)
LP: Kyle Farnsworth (2 - 1)
First career walk off hit for Ramon Santiago. His triple in the right center field alley (aka Comerica's Death Valley) off of Kyle Farnsworth was deep enough to score Victor Martinez from 1st base...which is also quite the feat for a slow footed DH.
Magglio Ordonez throwing out the Rays' Justin Ruggiano at the plate for an inning ending double play in the 7th, preserving the Tigers' 1-0 lead. Ordonez gets an assist...and so should home plate umpire John Tumpane, who out and out blew the call. As every replay angle showed, Ruggiano was safe.
Alex Avila missed the sweep tag as Ruggiano skipped over the plate with his slide, but he then touched home before the tag went down. Tumpane saw differently, calling the runner out, the Tigers catching a massive break. Rays' manager Joe Maddon lost his mind, for good reason. And just like Ruggiano, Maddon was thrown out while at the plate.
Starter Phil Coke bounced back from his rough outing after coming off the DL to pitch very well tonight. How on was Coke? On FSD, Rod Allen called it Coke's "Best outing of the year." (6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R)
Speaking of coming off the DL, Ordonez got the start in right field and batted 6th in the order. He swung the bat well, stinging the ball in his two plate appearances. But he couldn't find holes in the Rays' defense, finishing his night 0-2. But it was an encouraging 0-2.
After being benched over the weekend by Jim Leyland because he was "pressing," Ryan Raburn got the start at 2nd base. He had a single...and an error. Raburn giveth, Raburn taketh away. But let's hope the time off to regroup brings back the Raburn of August/September 2010. Hey, we can hope...
Avila continued to pad his All-Star credentials. Two hits raised his average to .301, and more impressively, he threw out three Rays trying to steal.
Joaquin Benoit entered a 1-0 game in the 8th, and looked like...his early season self. After getting the 1st out of the inning, Benoit gave up three consecutive singles and a sac fly, allowing the Rays to tie the game.
Sometimes the difference between a win and a loss is where the ball is hit. Tigers' reliever David Purcey entered the game in the 10th, then pitched himself into, and out of, a jam. With Rays on 1st and 2nd and one out, Ben Zobrist hit a line drive...right at Jhonny Peralta. Instead of scoring the go ahead run, it was an inning ending double play.
The best part of tonight's victory? The Tigers got to walk off against Farnsworth, a former (and not very good) Tiger. Beat the Rays? Great! Beat Farnsworth and remain tied for 1st place? Priceless.
Now bring on the Indians!