How Was The Game? (September 2, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Just long enough.

Tigers 4, Indians 2

Tuesday was all about strikeouts and leaving men on base. Kyle Lobstein (2 GS, 17 IP, 3.18 ERA, 3.77 FIP, 0.2 fWAR) pitched into the 6th after allowing a two run homer in the first and threw up 10 strikeouts along the way. Carrasco let the Tigers grab some hits but he also stranded a whole bunch of them via the strikeout. It was a close game but there were tons of chances for both teams and sadly, Avila might be out for a while with a concussion. If we’re chronicling managerial mistakes he let Holaday hit in a bad spot despite having a third catcher, he used Carrera to pinch hit for Suarez, then he didn’t run for Hunter and used Moya to run for Cabrera. Fortunately, Martinez the lesser came to the plate with a chance in the 9th and did his thing, sending a ball out to center to give the Tigers a two run lead. Nathan got the 9th and only allowed one runner before securing the win. Justin Verlander (27 GS, 171.1 IP, 4.68 ERA, 3.92 ERA, 2.5 fWAR) goes Wednesday.

The Moment: JD Martinez hits a no doubt go-ahead bomb in the 9th.

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