On Sunday, manager Brad Ausmus' game plan was to pitch carefully to Houston Astros' Jose Altuve when the game was on the line in the ninth inning. Alex Wilson appeared to challenge the hitter instead, causing the Tigers to lose and an uproar in the fandom for this "miscommunication" ensued. A few days later, Wilson clears it up, telling Tony Paul of the Detroit News that they were actually "on the same page" and it was simply a poorly executed pitch.
With two outs in a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning, Jake Marisnick tripled against Tigers' Tom Gorzelanny. Ausmus put in Alex Wilson to face Altuve and instead of issuing an intentional base on balls, he told Wilson to pitch carefully to Altuve. The main reason for pitching to Altuve was to hopefully avoid facing pinch hitter Preston Tucker. Tucker has killed the Tigers this year with a 1.094 OPS, including three home runs.
Brad Ausmus has been criticized by the fandom all year, mainly for his bullpen usage. For example, it could be argued that a different pitcher should have come in to face the righty Marisnick instead of the struggling lefty Gorzelanny. Also, it comes as no surprise that a miscommunication mishap would happen again as two incidents earlier this year happened because of miscommunication. On June 15, Ausmus didn't know that Yoenis Cespedes took a bathroom break during the game. And on June 28, David Price thought he was being taken out of the game when in fact Ausmus wanted him back out in the seventh inning.
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