Rodney wanted one more inning
Before anyone second-guesses Jim Leyland on his decision to send closer Fernando Rodney back out for the 12th inning after he entered for the final two outs of the ninth, keep this in mind: Rodney called it.
He told his manager he wanted to go back out.
“He said he wanted one more,” manager Jim Leyland said, “so I had to give it to him. He’s a horse. I don’t have any problem with that.”
Rodney was at 36 pitches entering the 12th, already one off his season high. But it was also a must-win situation, and he felt like he had it in his arm.
“I’ve never seen something like that,” Rodney said of that game. “I feel ready to go. I say one more.”
Rodney’s 48th and final pitch hit 95 mph.