David Price made his first start as a member of the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night and he went 8 2/3 strong innings, allowing just three runs. The Tigers evened the series against the New York Yankees when they won 4-3 after 12 innings thanks to home runs by Alex Avila and Andrew Romine.
Price may not have been completely at the top of his game, but that didn't stop him from going nearly nine innings and striking out 10 in the process. He gave up two home runs but he also saved Tigers manager Brad Ausmus from having to go to the bullpen early as he remained strong into the ninth.
The bullpen did what it was supposed to do and allowed no hits in a combined 3 1/3 innings. The win went to Joakim Soria and Joe Nathan earned the save, however, it may have been an entirely different outcome were it not for the inning-eating efforts of Price.
The Tigers offense was nowhere to be found for the majority of the game. Rajai Davis had a leadoff single, Miguel Cabrera singled to put Davis at third and Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to put the Tigers on the board in the first inning.
However, the Yankees would even it up with a home run in the second. The Tigers would fall behind in the third with an RBI single by Jacoby Ellsbury and a solo home run by Martin Prado would increase the Yankees lead to 3-1.
There would not be another hit until the sixth inning when Romine hit a solo home run and Avila hit an RBI single in the seventh to tie the game 3-3. The game would remain locked up at that score until Avila crushed a home run to deep right field for the go-ahead run in the 12th inning.
APOCALYPSE COMING— Rob Rogacki (@BYBRob) August 6, 2014
Andrew Romine hit a home run...won the trade? No that's not right. Fire Leyland? No...what's the joke?? What's the joke???! — Neil Weinberg (@NeilWeinberg44) August 6, 2014
Alex Avila: There must be a full moon out. The two least likely people expected to come through for the Tigers, came through. With two outs in the seventh inning, Avila scorched a 1-0 ball to right field for an RBI single that tied the game 3-3. That paled in comparison to his main performance, however, when he smoked a 1-0 fastball into the right field seats for the go-ahead by way of a home run in the 12th inning. (MLB.com video)
David Price: His debut in a Tigers uniform went well even though he wasn't as sharp as he normally is, and he wracked up 10 strikeouts through 8 2/3 innings. The only two big mistakes Price made were when he got behind in the count on Brian McCann in the second inning and Martin Prado in the fifth inning. Both resulted in home runs, the first of which tied the game 1-1 and the second gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
Bullpen: The bullpen shenanigans were nowhere to be seen. Joba Chamberlain pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out two and allowing no hits. Joakim Soria and Joe Nathan came out and combined for two scoreless 1-2-3 innings.
Tigers offense: Much like Monday night, the offense was left in the baggage claim section at the airport for most of the game. Following Martinez's sacrifice fly, Hiroki Kuroda retired the next 16 Tigers with five strikeouts before Romine's home run in the sixth inning. After Avila's RBI single in the seventh the Tigers went back to their docile ways until Avila's go-ahead homer.
Extra innings: It gets late and there comes a point where someone just needs to end it so everyone can go to bed. Thank goodness for Avila.
Torii Hunter left the game in the ninth inning after being hit by a pitch on the left hand. X-rays came back negative and Hunter will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. He is currently day-to-day and Suarez is a possible for returning to the lineup on Wednesday.
Ian Kinsler did his best Ryan Raburn impression in the seventh inning when he attempted to start a double play. It didn't go so well. Well, at least he got the one out and it wasn't entirely his fault thanks to the wet grass.
STREAKS AND STATS:
- David Price struck out 10 after going 8 2/3 innings, allowing just three runs and has gone at least eight innings in 10 of his last 14 starts.
- David Price became the first Tigers pitcher to strike out 10-or-more in his debut with the team since 1914.
- Alex Avila became the first Tigers player to hit a regular season home run in the 12th inning or later against the Yankees since Lou Whitaker did it in 1984.
- The Tigers and Yankees played 12 innings without walking one batter. The last time two teams played 12-or-more innings without walking a batter was between the Dodgers and the Pirates on July 25, 1917.
- Andrew Romine homered for just the second time in his career Tuesday night.
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