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Rockies explode for eight runs in 10th in beating Tigers

Jun 15, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

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Jose Valverde has been OK in save situations. Tie games, well, they don’t stay tied for very long.

Valverde was charged with six runs — one earned — in two-thirds of an inning Friday as the Rockies broke out with eight runs in the 10th inning and beat the Tigers 12-4, snapping an eight-game losing streak.

It was the most runs scored in an extra inning since the Angels scored nine in the 13th against the Orioles on Aug. 16, 2009.

Valverde dug his own hole tonight. Eric Young Jr. attempted a sacrifice bunt after Michael Cuddyer singled to lead off the 10th, and Valverde threw the ball away, giving the Rockies runners on first and third. The Tigers were able to cut down the go-ahead run at home plate on another grounder afterwards, but Wilin Rosario broke the tie with a two-run single.

Valverde remained in after that, but he wishes he didn’t. He was finally replaced after a walk, a sac fly and an RBI single. Luis Marte took over and immediately gave up back-to-back homers to Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, scoring the final four runs of the frame.

The Tigers fell to 30-34 with the loss.

The Rockies had been 0-9 against American League teams this season.

  1. johnnyb1976 - Jun 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Wow no spitball tonight huh

  2. xjokerz - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Tigers need to trade for Quentin and make benquiot closer

  3. mgv38 - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    The rationale behind ERA, as I understand it, is that a pitcher should not be charged with runs that are not his fault. SS boots a ball with 2 outs, runner scores–don’t penalize the pitcher’s stat. I get that. But if the pitcher HIMSELF makes the error that leads to the runs, shouldn’t they show up as a negative on his ERA ledger?

    • yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      yeah, but i think era is supposed to show effective they are as a pitcher and not as a fielder

      • ptfu - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        Absolutely yes. I consider ERA trying to describe if the hitter can take any credit for reaching base (and eventually scoring)–did he beat the pitcher to reach base? It wasn’t Valverde’s pitching that let him down against EYJr, and ERA is trying to reflect that. Of course, the next few at-bats are another story…

        That said, ERA is still an imperfect measure of pitching/pitcher ability. We can’t expect too much out of that poor beleaguered stat.

    • dan1111 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      I always found these sorts of unearned runs to be a little silly, too, but I agree with Yankeehater’s point.

  4. legacybroken - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Papa Penny has been god awful all season. On any other team he would be demoted to setup or mid relief but The Marlboro man stands by mediocre or washed up players far to long. He’s remained stubbornly loyal to bad players like KrInge, Rugburn, Mel Gibson 2.0 and now Papa Penny for too long and it has cost us lots of wins. The Tigers won’t be a true consistent contender until we get rid of Leyland. I vote for luring Travis Fryman away from coaching in the Indians system and come back home to the Motor City.

  5. fusionix7 - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    This one is on Valverde. No he hasn’t been perfect this season but what closer has? The majority of the time he gets the job done. For whatever reason it is he forgets how to pitch in a non-save situation. Unless it’s a save situation, the only time he should be coming in the game if he absolutely needs work and the Tigers have a five run lead.

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