Berry: “I just wanted to get it over with”
Quintin Berry has done plenty for the Tigers’ fortunes since coming up from Triple-A Toledo, obviously. On Friday, his biggest contributions came without swinging the bat.
It was Jake Peavy’s 0-1 pitch hitting Berry that extended the third inning for the middle of the Tigers order to churn out three straight two-out RBI hits. Then in the ninth, Berry’s diving catch ended it, avoiding what would have been a situation with the potential tying run at the plate in the form of Alex Rios.
Granted, it would have taken quite a hit to get Paul Konerko around the bases, but nobody wanted to take that chance.
“I just wanted to get to it and get this game over with,” Berry said. “Big series, you want to start out on top, and he hit it well enough that I was able to get to it.”
Most of Berry’s big catches seemingly have been to the deep parts of the outfield, forcing him to use his speed to backtrack. This one forced him to come in and angle towards the left-field line.
The catch itself brought out a reaction that made his usual clapping for a base hit seem subdued.
“I was just fired up we got that game over with and got that W,” Berry said. “It’s just big, man. It’s a big series.”