Remembering Alex Avila’s greatest Detroit Tigers moments

DETROIT, MI - Catcher Alex Avila during game two of a doubleheader. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - Catcher Alex Avila during game two of a doubleheader. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 10: Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers bats in the fifth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 10, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals defeated the Tigers 4-0. (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/TUSP/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 10: Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers bats in the fifth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 10, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals defeated the Tigers 4-0. (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/TUSP/Getty Images) /

1. Alex Avila hits a go-ahead home run for the Detroit Tigers in the 9th inning against the Cleveland Indians on August 5, 2013

Just a week after his heroics against the Washington Nationals, Avila would mess around and hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 9th off of Cleveland Indians reliever Chris Perez opposite-field to put the Detroit Tigers ahead.

Anibal Sanchez went 7.2 innings and struck out 11 batters during this game; meanwhile, Corey Kluber matched him with 7.1 innings of scoreless ball himself until the Perez implosion.

If memory serves me right, I was actually at this game, which is likely most of the reason this is number one for me. The crowd was debilitated and if I remember correctly, Chris Perez either completely went off on the media after the game or refused interviews altogether and eventually lost his closer job in part because of it.

We flipped on Cleveland sports radio on the way home and the anger was affable. Stay salty, Cleveland.

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