|Final - 6.27.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Toronto Blue Jays||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||8||0|
|WP: Joaquin Benoit (2 - 3)
SV: Jose Valverde (18)
LP: Marc Rzepczynski (2 - 2)
The number of profanities unleashed by Jim Leyland during his epic 7th inning rant after 1st base umpire Ed Rapuano's safe call on Andy Dirks was (correctly) reversed. The video can be found on the Tigers' site.
After witnessing the Tigers' manager losing his smoke addled mind, I have to say the Detroit fireworks, Rage Guy, Earl Weaver (Very NSFW link) and Ozzie Guillen have nothing on Leyland. It was several minutes of the Marlboro Man showing up the umpires, including plenty of yelling, cursing, arm waving , stomping, and his reenacting the call (complete with a vigorous "out!"). Leyland received a richly deserved standing O from the fans. Honestly, he deserves more than a standing O. I believe an Oscar should be in the cards for his performance, or at the very least, an ESPY.
After declining to speak to reporters, for obvious reasons, Leyland did decide to talk after the game...but not about his marvelous dog and pony show. Via the AP's Dave Hogg:
"Don't ask me about the play, whatever you do."
KEY PLAY A
Game tied 2-2 in the 6th inning, Jays at the plate. With the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Adam Lind, Aaron Hill lined a one hopper to 1st baseman Miguel Cabrera, who immediately fired home to Alex Avila. It was the start of a rare, inning ending, 3-2-3 double play, ending a huge Jays scoring threat.
KEY PLAY B
Jose Bautista's sliding attempt at Jhonny Peralta's one out humpback liner to right center with pinch runner Austin Jackson on 2nd base. Bautista didn't come close to getting his glove on the ball, which proceeded to roll to the warning track. Jackson scored easily, Peralta ended up with a triple, and the Tigers had the game winning run.
The good Max Scherzer showed up tonight, tossing a quality start (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 9 K). Scherzer went deep enough into the game to allow the Tigers to go straight to their favored late game scenario of Joaquín Benoit and Jose Valverde. Benoit earned the W, the Big Potato gets the save.
Think of it this way. Any game Tigers pitching keeps Bautista from going deep, they've done their job.
Victor Martinez coninued his assault on AL pitching, while brushing up his All-Star Game credentials, with two hits and two RBI, raising his average to a 2nd in the AL .336. Cabrera added two hits, staying right on Martinez's tail, raising his BA to a 3rd in the AL .332.
Also worth noting is Brennan Boesch has raised his average to .301 and Peralta to .311 after they both had two hit games. Alex Avila added a hit, and is at .304.
The Tigers now have four players in the AL top ten in batting average, and five in the top 14. No matter what you may believe about batting average as a meaningful stat, that's not too shabby. Neither is their OBP, as the lowest of the five is .360. Most importantly, all five are in the AL top 20 in OPS.
But the story of the evening is Jim Leyland's manic on-field performance art piece. I could watch it over and over and over. In fact, I think I will!