Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tigers win in extra innings giving Leyland 1,500th career win

By Matt Harding
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In the Tigers 8-4 victory against the Oakland Athletics last night, Jim Leyland became just the 19th manager in history to win 1,500 games. Leyland ranks second among active managers; the Tiger's skipper trails his former colleague Tony La Russa (1982-85 with Chicago White Sox) by 1,145 wins. La Russa ranks third on the all-time list.

Leyland gets 1,500th managerial win
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

It's not every night that you get an 8-4 score in extra innings. This, however, wasn't your typical baseball game. The Tigers trailed 1-0 in the top of the ninth. Miguel Cabrera's solo home run to the opposite field would tie the game and send it into extra innings.

Then the run scoring began. In the top of the tenth, Brennan Boesch knocked in two runners, putting the Tigs up 3-1. Then, with a Victor Martinez single and Casper Wells reaching on a throwing error, the Tigers, who (remember) hadn't scored a run until the ninth, found themselves leading 6-1.

After an RBI ground ball by Brandon Inge and an Alex Avila (who led off the inning reaching on a fielding error) single, the Tigers exited the inning leading 8-1.

The A's wouldn't leave without a fight though! They scored three runs against Brayan Villarreal, who received the win, but ran out of gas with Joaquin Benoit on the mound.

Benoit shut the door and held off the A's tenth inning surge
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

The Tigers finish up their four-game series in Oakland with tonight's game at 9:05 p.m. (local time) and Sunday's game at 4:05 p.m.

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