Walk off wins are great!
That was one of the best pitched games we'll see all season, for both teams. Stroman might be short, but he was huge on the mound. He went 9 innings, for the first time in his career, allowed just 4 hits and 3 walks, with 4 strikeouts. He did give up the 2 runs. In the third inning, Ian Kinsler singled and Miguel Cabrera walked ( I thought Marcus was being squeezed all night) and Victor Martinez drove them both home with a double.
Max Scherzer was as good as Stroman (but got more calls from the ump), thankfully the Tigers pulled him for the 9th. He went 8, allowed 4 hits, no walks and struck out 11. We got a run off him in the 6th. Jose Reyes took a 2-out walk and Melky Cabrera followed with double to drive him in. I thought we were going to be robbed by the turf again, but the bounce took it ball just to the top of the wall and not over this time.
Thankfully, the Tigers brought Joe Nathan in for the 9th again and again he was lousy. We should have scored more than the tying run. Reyes singled, stole and moved to third when Melky flied out to right. They walked Bautista intentionally, then Dioner Navarro singled to tie the game. Colby Rasmus walked to load the bases and the Tigers, unfortunately, took Nathan out. Joakim Soria came in. Juan Francisco popped out on his first pitch, which was very low, he shouldn't have swung and Munenori Kawasaki missed a chance to be hero, grounding out to second instead.
Aaron Loup made it through the 10th, even with a lead off walk. Soria left the game with an injury before the start of the bottom of the 10th and we got Joba Cahmberlain.
Danny Valencia started the 10th with a infield single and score on Nolan Reimold's double to the wall. Rajai Davis had no shot to throw him out. We really needed a walk off.
The awful plate umpiring deserves to be mentioned more, Adrian Johnson was as bad as I've ever seen. We couldn't get a call on the corners at all and the Tigers were getting strikes on pitches off the plate.
Our defense deserves some mention too. Kawasaki made few nice plays. Anthony Gose made a terrific catch in CF and Jose Bautista made a snow cone catch, coming in on a ball, that saved a run in the 6th. Also, Stroman picked off Rajai Davis at second base with a perfect throw.
Jays of the Day are Reimold (.250), Stroman (.208 WPA), Loup (.143), Reyes (.229), Cabrera (.139), Navarro (.160).
Suckage: Kawasaki (-.253, 0 for 4 with a k, but some great defense, really isn't fair giving him the suckage award), Francisco (-.238, 0 for 4, 2 k and that awful popup in the 9th) and Rasmus (-.102, 0 for 3, 1 k, 1 walk)
We had 909 comments, in a fun GameThread. My favorite comment was 'Game Over' in the 6th inning. Infield Triple led us to the victory. Great job man.
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