Originally posted on Tigers Weblog  |  Last updated 5/3/13
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Surprisingly, last night turned out well, thanks mostly to a career performance by The Pride of Butler, PA, Don “The Donkey” Kelly. As expected, the game turned into a strikeout duel, with Rick Porcello doing more than expected, and the Tiger hitters a little less so. The key play of the game could have easily turned out to be Tuiasosopo being thrown at at home in the 11th.  I will go on the record as saying that the move by Brookens was absolutely the right one, usually: on the road, extra innings, 2 outs, the odds are in your favor to be aggressive and to send the runner home, every time. Think of it this way:  if the next hitter is a .200 hitter, the odds are 1 in 5 that the next batter will hit the runner in. The odds are much better that the defense will not throw the runner out. On the other hand, you need to consider the variables. As in: Ankiel in RF, and Tuiasosopo on 3rd base. Tui might be a tad faster than Victor Martinez (who should never, ever again be sent home in anything other than a gimme situation). I like the aggressive approach of Brookens, but he needs to know when he is working against elite arms, armed with leadfoots. OK, time for a new nickname: Tuiasoslopoke. ***** Tonight Doug “The K” Fister faces a guy named “Bud.” ***** If the game is sparsely attended tonight, you have to forgive the Houstonians. At 8-21, there is hardly joy in Mudville. And the real fans were all up late waiting out that extra-inning downer. And on top of all that, apparently the Main Event in town is a culture war. ***** Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Don Kelly. DK gets the rare start after his heroics last night. Today’s No-Jack Lineup: Dirks, CF Hunter, RF Cabrera, 3B Fielder, 1B Martinez, DH Kelly, LF Peralta, SS Avila, C Infante, 2B
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