Originally Posted by houghtam
Unbelievable final frame. Valverde has been up and down this year, and it seems like he's been doing his best Todd Jones/Mike Henneman/every other neurotic closer the Tigers have ever had impression over the past few months. He's going to need to improve immediately if they have any hopes for going far.
Fielder has shown throughout the season that he's not just a big bat, that he can do the little things like baserunning, fielding, and shortening the swing on a 2 strike count. Anything to help the team.
And God bless Alex Avila and his bulletproof body.
The Tigers brought in Joaquin Benoit for the 9th inning today to close out the game and he gave up the game tying home run to Billy Butler.
That surprised me....they've gone with Jose Valverde all season....and he pitched an easy 9th inning for the save last night.
That dude makes my butthole clench every time they trot him out....but I was surprised they didn't bring him in to close out the game today.