Poor Baserunning and Bullpen Costly; Turner brilliant in his debut
by, 07-31-2011 at 11:10 AM (1106 Views)
I was watching the game on TV yesterday and was absolutely incredulous that, late in the game with the Tigers trailing 3-1, Miguel Cabrera stopped at 1B on his drive up the right center field gap. Cabrera isn't a fast runner but he generally seems to be smart on the basepaths. Ordonez made it from 1B to 3B on the play.
As a result, with only one out, the Double Play was still in order. Then on a ground ball to 2B, Magglio seemed to initially hesitate off of 3B before coming home. The Angels got the force at 2B and Aybar alertly threw home in time to nail Ordonez who did his best Victor imitation as he tried to dance his way to the plate.
After watching Jacob Turner continually work of out jams with runners in scoring position, I have to say I'm very glad the Tigers didn't include this 20 year old in a trade for Jimenez (or some other rent-a-wreck pitcher). He demonstrated remarkable poise and had good movement on his pitches.
I hope he gets called back up in September and is a main cog in the Tigers starting rotation for many years to come!