By: Kurt Snyder
Well, scrap everything I was going to write about. Thank goodness I am the late writer of this duo. We needed to capture the biggest win of the season thus far.
We don’t often dedicate a complete post to one game, but forgive us this one time. Tuesday’s win was the kind of game you could look back on as the day things turned around, if that is indeed the case. It had that feel about it.
With the Tigers shut down completely by Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez to the tune of 1 hit through 8 innings, the team was dead, so it seemed. With the help of Bobby Parnell, the Tigers got out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the ninth, giving the Tigers a slight chance, very slight, in the 9th.
And boy, did the Tigers play some ball in the 9th and 10th. Iglesias, often known for his cockiness, like it or not, singled to start the ninth, and he was jacked up standing at first after the hit, sensing the Tigers may just make a run at this one.
Ian Kinsler, with his double, sent Iggy all the way home, before Miggy tied it with a huge double to right center. But the little things stole the show in this one … the ones we are not used to seeing with this ball club. Bunts. Clutch, well-executed bunts, first by Romine in ninth after Kinsler’s double and then by Iggy in the 10th helping to load the bases, before Kinsler’s game winner.
The Tigers, having put up 11 runs and 15 hits the night before, were headed for a loss without a whimper on Tuesday. Typical attribute for a .500, hot and cold team.
I want to say that this was an important win, but they all are aren’t they? Well, this one was different. We have waited for this team to get on a roll. We have waited for Justin Upton to start hitting and we have waited for them to start beating good teams; all of which have begun this week.
The Tigers are starting to find a spark from a handful of players; the emergence of Cameron Maybin, the continued leadership and the relentless play of Ian Kinsler. But little things, that sometimes hide in the darkness, far away from big Tiger homers that win games, dominated this win and hopefully wins in the future.
Andrew Romine just does his job on this team and his bunt in the ninth was critical in keeping things rolling. And Iggy is as important as a player gets. He’s playing a stellar shortstop coupled with doing the little things with the bat. His bunt in the 10th sealed the win. It was just a matter of who would drive in the winning run after that.
A little bit of small ball is emerging with the Tigers, and it’s been a long time coming. Sure, Miggy’s big double highlighted the late innings, especially after nearly getting knocked in the head with a high hard one in the ninth.
But the little things provided the opportunity in this one. They contributed to a big win that kept a nice run alive. On a night when all looked lost, the Tigers showed mettle, a desire we haven’t seen much of all season.