Thoughts after 8 innings, Tigers, A's, Game 2 ALDS
- It wasn't luck the Tigers pushed the tying run home. They did get two hits in that inning. They did get a sacrifice bunt from Andy Dirks. They forced Oakland's hand with the wild pitch. Oakland's Ryan Cook has been as effective as any reliever in the AL lately.
- The home run routine is getting a little stale with Tigers' setup man Joaquin Benoit. Perhaps manager Jim Leyland should consider flip-flopping his role with Octavio Dotel. I wouldn't put Al Alburquerque in that role just yet. He seems to flinch a little bit too soon under pressure. Dotel is still throwing the ball well.
- The Tigers only have themselves to blame for what transpired in top of the inning. OK. You allow a hit. The runner steals second. It's a close play. But then not paying any attention to Yoenis Cespedes while he was on second base? That's just poor fundamental baseball.