Extra-Inning Emotional Affair

Dontrelle Willis came back to pitch for the Detroit Tigers this evening, going over four innings, walking two and giving up four runs.  It was not the prettiest of returns to the starting rotation, but it was not that bad when compared to last year’s stats.  The Minnesota Twins’ starter actually performed worse.  As it turns out, Willis would get a no-decision.  Dontrelle showed a lot of emotion, wearing it on his sleeve for all to see.  When he would get crucial outs, he would fist pump and yell encouragement to his relatively new teammates.  It was good to see, but it was not the end – not by a long shot.


Brandon Inge would homer for the ninth time this year to put the Tigers ahead.  But, like they have a habit of doing, the Twins came back again.  But Miguel Cabrera hit a monstrous 3-run home run to put the Tigers up again.  Jeff Larish also contributed with a long ball.


Manager Jim Leyland was ejected from the game after Paul Shriver, the home plate umpire for tonight, actually shoved Magglio Ordonez out of the batter’s box after he struck out.  Leyland aggressively defended his player and not unexpectedly paid the price.


The game went to extras tied at 9.  Curtis Granderson got a triple in the top of the 13th, and came home on a balk.  But the Twins won in it in the bottom half with a walk-off grand slam from Joe Crede.


Both teams played their hearts out.  The White Sox and Royals also lost, so this 5-hour heartbreaker didn’t hurt that much.



1 Comment

I love Curtis Granderson.

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