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TRUE WALKOFF WIN.....S, 7/16/17
Posted on: 07-16-2017

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>>caption:  ALEX AVILA WALKS HOME
FOR THE WALKOFF WIN<<

@ COMERICA PARK:

    Miguel Cabrera drew a 2-out,
B-11th bases-loaded walk to force
home Alex Avila and the Tigers
edged Toronto 6-5 in walkoff style
to end a 4-hr, 16-min marathon
Sunday afternoon in the rubber
game of their weekend series.

    The Tigers won the back-and-forth contest without a hit in the B-11th.
Two walks and Toronto's third error of the game had filled the sacks.  
Cabrera let a tailing 3-2 count fastball from seventh Blue Jays pitcher
Lucas Harris go wide.  The loss went to fifth Jays reliever Jeff Beliveau
(1-1), who had walked Avila to open the inning.

    Detroit had more free passes (9) than basehits (8).

    Six Tiger relievers worked five scoreless innings permitting 1-H, 1-W
& 1-HBP with 5-K.  Warwick Saupold, who tossed a clean T-11th, received
credit for the win (2-1).  

    After four solid starts upon his return from Toledo, Tiger RHP Anibal
Sanchez reverted to his unfortunate previous form by serving up a pair
of T-1st homeruns and another in the T-5th for 5-R/5-ER in his 6-IP.  
Sanchez has surrendered 13-HR in 50.1 big league innings this year.

    Josh Donaldson 2-out singled and All-Star starting 1Bman Justin Smoak
(at DH this day) followed with a 2rHR (#24, 2nd of series, career-high) to
the front row of LCField seats beyond the bullpen.  Two pitches later
Kendrys Morales lofted a solo shot (#17) to the front row of seats at the
RCField cutaway for a 3-0/B-1st score.

    The Tigers roared right back to tie the contest in a 36-pitch B-1st
against control-troubled Jays RHP Marco Estrada.  The first three Bengals
reached base on a walk (stolen base), single and double.  Justin Upton
doubled to LField to plate Ian Kinsler.  Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez
both hit sacrifice flies to bring in Nicholas Castellanos and a sliding
Upton.  

    Back-to-back lead-off doubles in the B-4th gave the Tigers a brief 4-3
lead.  Alex Presley's two-bagger dropped when Jays RFielder Jose Bautista
stopped and let it drop in a bit of miscommunication with CFielder Kevin
Pillar.  James McCann drove Presley home when his flyball popped out of
the web of leaping Toronto LFielder Ezequiel Carrera just before the ex-Tiger
banged into the bullpen fence.  Three batters later Estrada was gone, still
winless since May 27TH.

    Bautista made up for his fielding gaffe in the T-5th with a none out 2rHR
(#16, 2nd of series) on a line drive off the top of the Tiger LField bullpen
dugout and Toronto was back on top 5-4.  

    J.D. Martinez greeted fourth Toronto hurler Danny Barnes with a B-8th
lead-off homer (#16, 2nd straight game with a HR) to re-tie the contest
5-all.  Martinez sliced his drive off the bottom fencing railing support
above the wall and just to the left of the RField tunnel.  Initially ruled a
double, an umpire video review confirmed the dinger.  

    A second straight win put Detroit at 41-49.


               TOR       5-10-3, 7-LOB       (L) Beliveau (1-1)
11-INN.....DET       6-8-0, 11-LOB       (W) Saupold, 2-1    


EXTRA INNINGS:

    After bullpen sessions Saturday and Sunday, DLed Tiger LHP Daniel
Norris (groin) will be sent to Toledo for an injury rehab start Tuesday at
Pawtucket.  Taking Norris' place in the Detroit rotation Tuesday will be
LHP Matt Boyd.  Optioned to the Mud Hens after going 2-5 with a 5.69-ERA
for Detroit earlier this season, Boyd will be recalled after posting a 3-3
record with a 2.82-ERA with the Hens.
    Thousands of Blue Jay jersey clad fans came across the Detroit River
during the weekend to help push the three-game series attendance to
a season's-best 115,088 attendance. Sunday’s audience of 37,173 was
actually the smallest of the series.


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