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Alex Avila hits a two-run homer to win it in the ninth

May 4, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

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It wasn’t a walkoff because the Tigers were on the road. Politics, man. Sheesh. But it was a two-run homer in the ninth to win the game for the Tigers by catcher Alex Avila, and that’s something. Jose Veras, the man who gave up the bomb, described it:

“Sometimes things don’t go your way. That is a hitter that has been hitting .160-something, .170 and .150 against the fastball. He hit a pitch down and away out of the ballpark. You can’t say anything to it other than he made good contact.”

The Tigers have to hope that this is a turning point for Avila, who has been pretty awful at the plate so far this year. That homer was his fourth, but he’s otherwise hitting a paltry .179/.247/.333.

Meanwhile, the Astros have dropped eight of nine. I’m going to create a macro for that sentence, by the way, as I figure I’ll be using it a lot between now and September.

  1. detroitr1 - May 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Avila hits a 2 run bomb to shock of every Tigers fan paying attention to the games right now, historiophiliac’s favorite Tiger Don Kelly played a key role in the win and Valverde almost blew the save if not (seriously) for a miraculous infield defensive play.

    • historiophiliac - May 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Getting trolled by my fellow fans. Alright.

    • nflfollower - May 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      In Don Kelly’s defense he has justified his roster spot not only this season but multiple times in seasons past, including the post season. He runs the bases well (not great), plays plus (not great) defense at multiple positions, and is surprisingly clutch. He plays well coming off the bench cold into a ballgame (not everybody can, it’s difficult) and he’s a great teammate. Not bad for a utility man.

      • historiophiliac - May 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        I think you’re too generous. At best, he’s replacement level. He just gets attention when he does something good and that gives people the impression that he’s “clutch” — as opposed to sometimes lucky. I mean, he was .219 for the night, and yeah, he stole second & was driven in, but if he hadn’t ground out to 2nd in getting on base in the first place, Prince would’ve been in a position to score too. And, seriously, how does Don Kelly keep getting walked?!

  2. historiophiliac - May 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    We are a month in, people. Avila will come around. He’s probably tired from late night feedings and all that.

    What with Don Kelly’s extensive “playing time” of late, I’m probably happy that I can’t watch the games live due to the mlb blackout. This means I’ll probably be watching Scherzer’s outing tomorrow while I clean house. I’m sincerely hoping that Leyland the Love Guru is just giving time to his pet because this is the Astros (no offense) and it’s still early…but it’s probably that Kelly is filling a hole in Leyland’s heart left by Inge’s departure. Urp.

    Go, Tigers! Grrrrrrrr!

  3. papacrick - May 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Historiophilliac: Lol that last sentence is too funny and so true

  4. beelza - May 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Infante channels Sweet Lou and makes an incredible play for an out. Valverde getting hit hard, last out being a crushed ball to left that Dirks caught. Is Valverde throwing any other pitches besides a fastball that has little to zero movement ? Does Leyland know that Valverde’s arm has chosen, autonomously, to retire it’s split-finger fastball ? How ’bout Astros playing Detroit to the absolute brink thus far, unlike the Braves.

  5. philliesblow - May 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    All of Avila’s RBI have come via HR this season. He now has 4 HR & 5 RBI. At this pace if he gets 500 AB’s this season he will hit 25 HR with 32 RBI.

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