You can sidestep Miguel Cabera and Prince Fielder in the 10th inning of a tie baseball game. In fact, it’s recommended along with eating more vegetables as a healthy habit for opposing pitchers and teams. The problem is that you still have to deal with a guy the Tigers are paying $13 million to guard against pitchers taking a detour around the Bash Brothers when a game is on the line. Victor Martinez earns his paychecks. And he sweated out a huge at-bat Monday at Progressive Field, after Cabrera and Fielder had walked with one out in a jewel of a baseball game that was then tied, 2-2. Martinez uncoiled on an 0-and-1 curveball from Indians reliever Matt Albers, driving it over Michael Bourn’s head and against the center-field fence, which sent Fielder and Cabrera hustling home with the runs that gave the Tigers a 4-2, 10-inning victory over the Indians after a long, wet night of baseball in Cleveland. “Under these conditions, no matter who won here, anyone would say that was a hell of a major-league game,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said after his team had taken three of four against the Indians to grab a 3 ½-game lead in the American League Central. Max Scherzer, who had a no-decision on a night when he was attempting to run his record to 14-0, sided with is manager. “I thought this was my best win of the year,” Scherzer said, aware of his word play. “It was just a great game to be part of. Everyone battled.” Martinez’s game-winning blast, which was his second double of the night, helped the Tigers finish an 11-game road trip with a 7-4 record as they prepare for a homestand that begins tonight with their first game of the season against division neighbors, the White Sox. Martinez’s drive against the fence scored the Tigers’ first runs since the fourth inning, when Matt Tuiasosopo slammed a 384-foot, opposite-field home run into the right-field stands to tie the game, 2-2, a score that held up for the next six innings, all due to some exquisite pitching by both teams.
Tigers can't muster offense for Max Scherzer, but pull out win in 10th
Detroit News | Jul 9