It was a crazy day for the Tigers. It started with the trade of Pudge Rodriguez to the Yankees. It ended with Casey Fossum striking out Jamie Carroll in the bottom of the thirteenth for a 14-12 Tigers victory over the Indians. In between we saw a 5 1/2 hour baseball game that went something like this:
the Tigers fell behind 8-1 after three innings to Cy Young candidate Cliff Lee. It looked like they had no chance but they came back to make it 8-7 in the top of the sixth.
The Indians scored three in the bottom of sixth to make it 11-7. The Tigers scored four runs in the 8th after two were out to tie it 11-11. Miguel Cabrera tied it with a two run double.
The Tigers went ahead 12-11 on a sacrifice fly by Placido Polanco in the ninth.
The Indians tied it 12-12 in the bottom of the ninth when Kelly Shoppach blasted a homer. Shoppach had an incredible night tying a major league record with 5 extra base hits - three doubles and two homers.
Fernando Rodney, Bobby Seay and Casey Fossum each wiggled out out of bases loaded jam in extra innings.
The Tigers scored in the 13th on a single by Carlos Guillen, another single by Curtis Granderson (his fifth of the night) and a hit and run infield out by Polanco. Another run scored on an error making it 14-12.
The game featured:
5,785 drum beats by the Progressive Park drummer
The Pudge-less era begins with a bang. That was honestly one of the most improbable games I've seen in 40 years..... The final game of the series happens in just a few hours - at noon. Justin Verlander versus Fausto Carmona.