The day was going well. I had a nice dinner in Detroit before the game. I met with members of my family at Comerica before the game started. I made a silly bet with my sister that Raburn would reach base twice. Raburn doubled in an early plate appearance.
The Tigers had turned three double plays. Fielder had started two of them. It appeared that the Rockies’ Jason Giambi, who hit into all three double plays, was all the Tigers needed to get their defense going. Crosby did not pitch well. The bull pen mostly did, however. And the hitters did well enough. Even Holaday got two hits and scored twice. The game was tied 4-4 going to the bottom of the ninth with Cabrera and Fielder set to lead off the inning.
Unfortunately the Tigers did not score.
In the tenth Valverde allowed a ground ball single. Then he misplayed a bunt. Leyland walked the bases loaded. A ground ball to Peralta was turned into an out at the plate. And then, a bouncer toward short. The Tigers would escape this inning even though the bases had been loaded with no outs. Except, the ball bounced over Peralta’s head. Two runs scored.
A large drunk fan decided to yell at the people heading for the exits for not being true fans.
Valverde walked a batter and the Rockies got a couple more authentic hits off Valverde and Marte was brought in to finish the tenth. Unfortunately, he allowed back to back home runs before recording the third out. The Rockies had scored 8 runs in the tenth.
The large drunk guy quietly played with his phone as most of the rest of the crowd left.
Raburn struck out to lead off the bottom of the tenth. I lost my bet.