He slammed a long home run over the bullpen and into the seats in right. He drilled an RBI single that got the Tigers their first run on a night when Max Scherzer pitched as if one run might be enough as it was for the Tigers Saturday.
And he was inches from David Ortiz’s bat when it blasted into Joaquin Benoit’s first pitch in the eighth inning Sunday night driving the ball on a line into the bullpen in right good for a grand-slam homer that tied the score and set up the Red Sox’s 6-5 victory in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park.
“You know they’re gonna come at you” Avila said patiently and in a low voice as he handled a flurry of postgame questions inside the Tigers clubhouse. “You’ve got to be able to slow it down and make good pitches.”
The Tigers in the latter innings didn’t. And that destroyed a magnificent effort Scherzer credited Avila for making possible with a catcher’s contributions.
“We were really in a rhythm” Scherzer said speaking of