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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tigers have weird night with the bases loaded

Having lost nine in a row, Ricky Romero was in a very giving mood Tuesday, handing out a career-high eight walks, loading the bases in half of his six innings of work.

Problem was, the Tigers weren’t all that eager to take advantage of those free chances and golden opportunities: Detroit went 1-for-4 with two walks in six bases-loaded plate appearances when Romero was in the game.

That’s right. Just one hit.

Delmon Young walked with the bases loaded in the first to force in the game’s first run. Omar Infante did the same in the second. Funny part is, those two are among the least-walked hitters in the majors.

A third run would score when Romero got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play in the second.

When Romero got into a bases-loaded jam again in the sixth, Austin Jackson would ground into a fielder’s choice at home. One batter later, Infante hit one to first that David Cooper got no one out on, making it 4-1, and knocking Romero out of the game. Originally ruled a fielder’s choice, it was later changed to an infield hit, the only base hit by the Tigers.

His relief, Brad Lincoln, would face two more bases-loaded situations in the sixth, getting Cabrera out on a sacrifice fly (making it 5-1) and Jhonny Peralta on an inning-ending foul fly.

In eight bases-loaded plate appearances through six innings: Two walks, one fielder’s choice, one double play, one fly out, one foul fly, one sacrifice fly ... and one infield hit. All five runs scored on a bases-loaded chance, only one on a hit, and only one on a ball that left the infield.


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