Two plays that cost Tigers on Tuesday

Yes, you can look at a few other reasons why the Tigers lost on Tuesday, including an 0-for-9 performance with runners in scoring position that allowed them to squander leadoff baserunners. Even so, after Miguel Cabrera’s two-run homer tied it, the game turned in Cleveland’s favor on two plays.

The first was Travis Hafner’s triple and the pursuit both center fielder Austin Jackson and left fielder Quintin Berry gave to it. Both went after the ball as if they had a chance to catch it. Neither peeled off to back up the other. While Jackson did pull up around the warning track, Berry continued into the wall, slowing up in time to avoid a major collision but still running into it as the ball hit to his right.

“It looked like, to me, Jackson thought Berry was going to catch it,” Leyland said.

Berry thought he was going to catch it.

“I didn’t think it was going to get all the way to the wall,” Berry said. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got a guy battling on the mound for you. You try to battle for him and give him everything you possibly can. We both went after it and neither one of us was backing up. I probably should’ve pulled up, tried to play it off the wall, but when you think you can get it, you try to go get it.”

Said Leyland: “With those two guys, normally one of the two will catch that ball, I believe.”

It looked like that effort, and the lack of a backup as the ball got by Jackson, allowed Hafner the time he needed to take third base. So instead of a runner on second and one out, the Indians had Hafner on third, leading to Lou Marson pinch-running and Aaron Cunningham looking to bunt.

The Tigers saw it coming, obviously. The question was in which count.

“I thought he might wait to see if he got the count in his favor,” Leyland said, “but it was a great call by Manny [Acta]. He didn’t wait, he got it down and they got the run in. And obviously, that was the run that beat us.”

The bunt came on a 1-1 pitch from Doug Fister.

“It was a great call,” Leyland said. “We certainly were aware that it was a possibility, obviously. The combinations were pretty much set up for it. It’s a right-handed hitter, and all the rest of them are left-handed hitters. We didn’t pitch out, but I knew every time somebody was going to squeeze, I’d be a miracle man. Were we suspicious of it? Absolutely, but we didn’t pull the trigger on a pitchout. Give them credit.”

8 Comments

crappy way to loose but give Cleveland credit, for how many runners we had on base we should of put up more runs, Ubaldo pitched a good game for them and so did Fister we just didnt score runs for him. I dont think we have won a game in Cleveland this year so hopefully tonight that ends. This will be overlooked but have to give Miggy credit with another straight away HR to save us. He does it so much now people are starting to get used to it but he is a “super star” (JL) in many ways. I wish we could get some of Fielders power consistently with runners on, that will win games. Good luck Mad Max tonight! Go Tigers

The best lineup from saturday on:
Austin Jackson, CF
Andy Dirks, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince fielder, 1B
Delmon Young, DH
Brennan Boesch, RF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Omar Infante, 2B
Alex Avila, C

Austin Jackson, CF
Omar Infante, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince fielder, 1B
Delmon Young, DH
Brennan Boesch, RF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Andy Dirks, LF
Gerald Laird, C

I like those lineups. JL needs to stop thinking of Alex as an offensive contributor and go from there. Anything we get from Avila will be extra. It is what it is, not what JL wishes it is.

Miguel Cabrera. 31 HR to tie. 98 to go ahead. Career. Almost half of HR with Tigers to tie or give advantage.
Last night , when he failed with two on bases , he was trying to hit the ball thru the middle. He said in an interview that in those situations he looks for the grounder in the middle

Ryan Field interviewed Prince last night. This is not verbatim but from my memory of it.
Ryan: “There was a play……..” and he goes on to describe some play in great detail, then points the microphone at Prince.
Prince: “Yeah, that’s what happened.”
BIggy’s interviews are great. Doesn’t say anything.

Sounds to me like even austin jackson believes quinton berry can make every catch. Now if they can communicate that and familarize themselves with how each other handle balls hit in the gap then we will be unstoppable.

That ball was hit to the perfect spot, hitting the wall exactly equidistant between Jackson and Berry. Normally one guy calls it and the other peels off to back up, but that probably wasn’t possible here. More bad luck than anything, I think.
It’s been tough playing in that ballpark, but it will turn around as it has before.
Fister nearly made that play on the squeeze.

They lost because they didn’t score. In games in which the Tigers have scored exactly two runs this year, they’re 1-10. You can’t win if you can’t score more than two runs.

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