Verlander on steal of home
He basically said he noticed Johjima taking off and purposely threw the pitch in the dirt so that Miguel Cairo couldn’t get off the squeeze bunt attempt.
“I was getting ready to deliver to the plate [when he noticed Johjima], so I spiked it,” Verlander said. “It was a curveball. I can’t change pitches, but I can throw it where he can’t bunt it.”
Leyland said that Pudge would’ve had the ball in time for the out, but he looked up for Johjima as he tried to grab the ball.