On Friday afternoon, as the Red Sox battled the Detroit Tigers, Sandoval came through to deliver his biggest hit since signing as a free agent.
JaCoby Jones capped a wild eighth inning with a bases-loaded walk, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the flu-bitten Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Friday to win their ninth straight home opener. Joe Kelly then allowed consecutive walks to James McCann and Jones, forcing in the final run. He doubled earlier in the game as well, ending the day 2-for-4 with three runs batted in and one run scored. A strike out made the second out of the inning.
It was supposed to be a set-up pitch to Pablo Sandoval, and Francisco Rodriguez missed. This was a good idea in theory, but it backfired badly. Young registered an RBI double and Jackie Bradley an RBI single before Sandoval launched his first home run since August 15, 2015. Then, the bullpen - mainly Rodriguez - happened.
"This one got away from us".
"There'll be a time in this season when you look to go to (closer Craig) Kimbrel for four outs", Farrell said, "but not in Game 3".
"It's going to be cold", Fulmer said.
Fortunately, the Tigers had one goal today: a win. Iglesias got the Tigers on the board with a mammoth solo shot to left field off of Eduardo Rodriguez in the third inning.
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Mikie Mahtook doubles in the game-tying run. Only James McCann's two-run blast to left provided the alternate power.
Interestingly enough, the Tigers' eighth-inning rally started because of a Victor Martinez walk, after he had already driven in two in the first (sacrifice fly) and sixth innings (RBI single).
After a 1-2-3 fifth, he came back out for the sixth. He had one job to do and if he didn't, the fans might have run him out of Detroit. But when Bradley flied out to lead off the top of the ninth inning, he took an awkward step rounding first base and landed on his knee. Seeing five batters, the first batter grounded out, the second reached on a single.
Meanwhile manager Brad Ausmus, who has used his bullpen for eight innings in the last two games, was wondering if he'd have any fresh arms in the bullpen.
So, after almost destroying the game, K-Rod ended up with the win (but not the save).
Detroit right-hander Michael Fulmer, making his first start since being named the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year, blanked Boston on four hits over six innings.
Even though the Tigers were free of defensive gaffs and offensive duds, it was the Tigers who created the drama that almost lost the game. "That also played into the rotation change with the rainout".