The late inning rally. What’s better? I think that when your team is down, and it is starting to look like the other team may win, but YOURS pulls it out – that’s one of the most exciting things about a game.
The Tigers down in the eighth inning, did just that.
Last night’s game against the Seattle Mariners (and King Felix) was pretty well wrapped up (in the minds of some) going into the bottom of the inning. But, it has been said that, “it ain’t over, ’til it’s over!”
Mark Lowe, who replaced Felix Hernandez on the mound, faced Alex Avila, leading off the Tigers portion of the eighth. With the Mariners leading, 3-1, Lowe sent Avila out for a jog around the bases. Santiago came into the game as a pinch hitter, and promptly singled. After popping out Curtis Granderson, there was an error, a walk, and another single. Then – Ryan Raburn stole home!
Add Fernando Rodney to the mix, and THAT is some pretty good, and exciting, baseball.
Game number two against the Mariners is tonight. Justin Verlander (13-6, 3.28 ERA) will go against Ian Snell (2-9, 5.84 ERA).