The Detroit Tigers traveled to play the Houston Astros on Thursday, after taking five of their last six games at home. Little did they know that they would play an extra five innings to get the win over the rebuilding Astros.
You have to give some credit to the Astros, who are considered to be one of the worst franchises in all of Major League Baseball because of their lack of payroll and lack of good veteran talent. Thinking about the fact they are paying their whole roster essentially what the New York Yankees are paying just Alex Rodriguez, it’s amazing that they are even competing with teams.
The Astros took an early lead thanks to a home run from Jason Castro off of Rick Porcello in the first inning, sending horrible memories through the heads of Tiger fans of Porcello’s horrendous first inning where he gave up nine runs in just 0.2 innings. Luckily, he didn’t have any more trouble until the fourth inning, when Carlos Pena hit a homer to give the Astros the lead back at 4-3.
For the most part, Porcello handled his business and got a lot of ground ball outs. It was when he left some pitches over the plate when the Astros took advantage. He went seven strong innings only giving up three runs, which unfortunately wasn’t enough for the win.
It took until the 14th inning to get a winner in this game, when the Tigers finally got some runners in scoring position and actually got them in. Thanks to two intentional walks to Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the Tigers had the bases-loaded when Don Kelly brought one in, with Matt Tuiasosopo sealing the deal with a double.
A lot will be said about the decision to walk both Cabrera and Fielder, but I honestly think that was the best choice. They are two of the most feared hitters in the game and you have to respect their talent. I know that Kelly is a serviceable player, and that teams need those players, but he isn’t the strongest at the plate. I would have done the same thing and rather take my chances with Kelly.
This was a great come-from-behind victory for the Tigers over a team that they should have beaten. I believe that the Tigers won in more than one way on Thursday because they were able to use less pitching than the Astros on top of the big extra-inning win. The Tigers seem to be on a roll as of late, and they don’t look like they plan on stopping anytime soon.