DETROIT -- Pick a key moment in Tuesday night's game and you'd likely find Rajai Davis in the mix. During all four replays in the game, Davis was at the center. He was responsible for the first, and the last, runs scored in the game that the Detroit Tigers won 8-7 in 13 innings. A hard-fought game that the Tigers haven't found much luck with of late.
"It was definitely a long game," Davis said. "I guess everything else was just blurry right now. I'm just glad we were able to pull out the win and get the ‘W.'"
There was the home run, Davis' third in two days' time. A catch in the eighth that was challenged by the Rays -- a flyout to end the inning that Davis lost in the lights. It drew interest not just from the fans, but Davis himself and had him laughing in the dugout and after the game.
There was the seemingly harmless flyout to left in the ninth for an out with a shaky Bruce Rondon on the mound -- one that Davis couldn't keep in his glove that allowed the tying run to score and sent the Tigers and Rays into extras. In the 11th when Davis slid into the first base bag he was first ruled out, then called safe after further review.
Then there was the umpire review of the pickoff attempt of Davis, who'd just been called safe on a review. Both reviews occurred before the next pitch was thrown -- oh and there was a balk by the pitcher Brandon Gomes. And if that wasn't enough, Davis had stepped to the plate twice before with a runner on-base and a chance to either get the runner into scoring position or score the winning run.
Yet, it took Davis' sixth at-bat of the night to score the winning run. All that, for a game that could've been a grim loss after fighting so hard to come out on top.
"We were just talking about this," Davis said after the game. "You play that long, exert all that energy, you expect to win. We came back from down, we fought back, got the lead -- we expect to win that game, you know? You get into the ninth, and we're up, gotta take care of business. Didn't happen, so we had to take care of it late."
It's only been five games, but Davis has been putting on his own little show at the plate. He's batting .313/.313/1.000 with three homers and with the exception of that dropped would-be flyout has been playing solid defense with direct routes to the ball.
All in all, Davis is having fun regardless and considering the team's track record this season, it's been nice to see. And it's good to see the team take a series win despite their bullpen all but abandoning them at times. There's been some fight the last few days. Might as well enjoy it. Though, doing without the 13 innings would be just fine with everyone.