The Detroit Tigers had the game in hand, taking a 4 run lead into the 9th against Boston on Saturday night. That is until Joe Nathan got involved.
Nathan entered the game in a non save situation, a move probably intended to build confidence in the aging closer. The move may have had the opposite effect as Nathan needed a fantastic running catch my Austin Jackson to get out of the inning with a Tigers 8-6 Tigers win.
The win is the second straight for the Tigers worse offense seems to be getting back on track after a putrid second half of May.
The Tigers have scored 14 runs so far against Boston after getting outscored 19-5 against the Toronto Blue Jays
“I want the ball”
Those were alleged words on the lips of Max Scherzer as Ausmus came to the mound to talk with his pitcher with David Ortiz due up. Scherzer stared down his manager as he walked to the mound to bring in Phil Coke. Scherzer seemed to talk Ausmus out of the change after a few words and a brief staring contest. However, Ortiz won the battle after hitting an RBI double after which Ausmus made a pitching change.
Casty Hot Again
Nick Castellanos is white-hot after recording his third 3 hit game in as many nights. Castellanos also knocked his fifth home run of the year off of John Lester in the third inning. The Tigers rookie third baseman has a total of ten hits in this last for games after only 5 hits on the Tigers west coast trip.
Suarez Goes Deep
Eugenio Suarez introduced himself to a national TV audience by taking John Lester deep for his first career home run. Suarez was supposed to have his first career start on Friday but his debut was delayed because of a twisted knee suffered during an awkward slide on Thursday. It appears the day off was worth as Suarez impacted tonights game with his glove as well as his bat.