The Detroit Tigers seem to be embracing the spoiler role. A week ago they gave the New York Yankees all they can handle. The red-hot St. Louis Cardinals, owner of the game’s best record since the All-Star break, came to town on Friday night and saw their bullpen crumble late against the Tigers’ youth movement.
Cardinals reliever, Jordan Hicks, may be the hardest thrower in the game with Aroldis Chapman on the shelf. The right-hander routinely sits in the triple digits with nasty life on his turbo sinker. He went through the Tigers pretty easily in the eighth innings, needing just 11 pitches to set down the side. But things went much worse for him in the bottom of the ninth.
First, Victor Reyes scorched a 100 mph heater away, lining it to the opposite field for a solid single. That brought Jeimer Candelario to the dish with a chance for some glory. For three months, Candelario has flashed some home run power, but struggled overall. He’s also been rather susceptible to good fastballs on the inner edge. Hicks placed one on the outer edge, and provided all the power as Candy sent this one soaring to left field to kickstart a party in the home plate area.