Tigers 6, Royals 4 (box)
After 14 long years in the minor leagues, Max St. Pierre finally got the call up the majors earlier this week, and finally saw game action on Saturday night. He was retired in his first three plate appearances, but came up with a big single in the eighth inning with the score tied 4-4. Max became the eighth(!) Tiger to record his first Major League hit this season. He was removed for a pinch runner, so he couldn’t receive credit in the box score, but it was his spot that would become the winning run. A hearty congratulations to you Mr. St. Pierre, you truly deserve more respect than you’ve gotten for your contributions to the organization.
St. Pierre’s battery mate for the game was the youngster Rick Porcello. I saw the game as a bit of a mixed bag for Rick. He struck out five batters against one walk (not elite, but much better than we see most nights from Rick), but surrendered the big two run home run to new Tiger killer Kila Ka’aihue that tied the game. I think Rick has taken a step or two toward realizing his potential since his recall from AAA, but he still has a long way to go to becoming the marquee pitcher that we all think he will eventually become. (Cheers after the jump.)
- Austin Jackson– He came up with three hits, including his third home run of the year, and added a walk. For those interested, he posted a 1.000 BABIP on the day (2-2). It’ll be a travesty if this kid doesn’t win the AL ROY award.
- Jose Valvere- He walked a batter, but erased the mistake by inducing a game ending double play. A converted save deserves a cheer these days.
- Nine innings- I like baseball as much as the next guy, but it was nice to see the game end in regulation after three straight extra inning affairs.
- Max St. Pierre– We all go crazy when phenoms like Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward make their debuts, but it’s cool to see the unheralded guys live out their dreams as well. I’m sure the 30 year old felt 20 again; he won’t soon forget this night.