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Tigers 8, Twins 7: Detroit rocks? Pity

The cruelest loss of the season.

Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins
There’s half a butt in this photo.
Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

One, two, three, four:
Done, through.

Let me tell you the game we see:
The Twins had four, the Tigers three
For Griffin Jax, man,
Who’s not a lax man.

An early lead now trimmed to one;
We suddenly can’t score a run
And can’t relax, man,
For Griffin Jax, man.

First a minor shock: walk — the play they need;
Then a triple stung flung away the lead.
And a solo long dong and they don’t cede,
With a back-to-back jack to flay and bleed:
Jax, man...

These Tiger whacks, man,
Cause heart attacks, man.

A rally late, but inches short,
(Bleh — hope is wilting)
‘Cause baseball is the cruelest sport
(Bleh — grit your teeth)
Which glumly tracks, man;
It’s just the facts, man.

Now my advice as autumn nears:
(Cracks, man!)
Create a spark and shift your gears
(Whacks man!)
And find your max, man,
And crush some jacks, man,
Or else the playoffs no one will see...
(Facts, man...)


2B Edouard Julien: 4-5, 2 RBI; nice tag on Matt Vierling’s attempted SB in the 9th
3B Royce Lewis: 3-4, 2B, BB, RBI
DH Jorge Polanco & RF Max Kepler: ninth-inning HRs to make it interesting
Lewis & LF Matt Wallner: successful straight double steal


RP Griffin Jax: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), BB, 0 K, 2 HR allowed
SP Kenta Maeda: 4+ IP, 7 H, 3 R (all earned), BB, 6 K, 2 HR allowed
RP Josh Winder: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned, the ultimate deciding run), BB, 0 K
the wind: didn’t push a would-be Wallner walk-off HR over the fence
1B Donovan Solano: 0-5, game-ending GIDP
lineup as a whole: 11 K
pace of play: 3:11 game time

Comment of the Game goes to Hayden Audette in the Twinkie Town Slack channel for near-prescience:

The Twins offense has really gotten into a habit of coming right back after someone in the bullpen blows it since the break.

So close.