How Was The Game? (June 30, 2015)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Weird.

Pirates 5, Tigers 4

Things didn’t start out very well on Tuesday, as Justin Verlander (3 GS. 17.2 IP, 5.09 ERA, 6.95 FIP) couldn’t find the strike zone and surrendered three runs in the first three innings, digging an early hole. The Tigers got one back in the 5th on a James McCann double and then added another in the 7th to pull within one. Unfortunately, they gave a run back in the top of the 8th and things looked bleak. And then, JD Martinez came to the plate and did that thing where he ties the game with a home run. Fast forward to the 14th inning, and we have one of the weirdest plays of the year. With a man on first, Davis just missed catching a ball in the RCF gap. The runner, Gorkys Hernandez thought he caught it and started to go back to first, forgot to retouch second, and wound up out on an appeal. Naturally, Gorzelanny gave up the lead one batter later. Not to be outdone, Kinsler and Miggy singled in the bottom half and VMart grounded into a double play to end it quickly. Alfredo Simon (14 GS, 85.2 IP, 3.57 ERA, 3.93 FIP) later today.

The Moment: JD Martinez game-tying home run.

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