How Was The Game? (May 19, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Pretty reasonable, considering the woke up in Boston.

Indians 5, Tigers 4

It wasn’t Drew Smyly’s (6 GS, 38.1 IP, 3.05 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 0.6 fWAR) night, but the runaway train had to come to a stop eventually. He labored his way through five innings of three run baseball in which he walked five and struck out six. Kluber gave up a bomb to VMart early, but looked like he was going to cruise to victory until the Tigers got to him for two runs in the 7th courtesy of hits by Castellanos, Avila, and Davis. While it looked like fate was on their side for their seventh straight win, Phil Coke, pitching in a critical situation due to the recent workload of the pen allowed a run in his second inning of work to allow the Indians to get back in control. That wouldn’t last long as JD Martinez swatted a pinch hit home run to tie it in the 9th but Brantley took Al-Al deep to end it in the 10th. The loss drops the Tigers to 27-13 at the 40 game mark, leaving the club looking to even the series Tuesday night with Justin Verlander (9 GS, 60 IP, 3.15 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 1.6 fWAR) on the mound.

The Moment: JD Martinez launches a pinch hit, game tying bomb in the 9th

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3 responses

  1. Stephen Pershing | Reply

    I seem to recall Brantley hitting a walk off (or at least game winning) bomb off of Al last year too. That guy is a nuisance.

  2. V-Mart achieved his 2014 PECOTA projection (stated in the BP book) for home runs 122 games early–and has already beaten his stolen base projection. PECOTA’s odds of him having a breakout season in 2014? 1%!!! I don’t know if he’ll make it, but if he stays healthy, he’s surely going to beat his improvement odds of 33%.

    I need one of those vampirish teeth-thingies V-Mart has for my barista job. Maybe I’d get more tips or a raise that way!

  3. Phil Coke once again gives up the difference maker.

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