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Blue Jays beat Tigers in 10 innings after Joe Nathan blows save in ninth

Aug 9, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

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Thanks to a walk-off RBI double from Nolan Reimold, the Blue Jays secured a thrilling 3-2 victory in 10 innings this afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

This afternoon featured quite the pitchers’ duel between Blue Jays rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman and Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer. Stroman allowed two runs over a career-high nine innings while Scherzer struck out 11 batters over eight innings. Scherzer left in line for his 14th victory of the season, but Joe Nathan allowed a leadoff single to Jose Reyes to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Reyes then stole second base before Nathan got Melky Cabrera to fly out. After an intentional walk was issued to Jose Bautista, Nathan gave up a game-tying single to Dioner Navarro to blow his sixth save of the season.

Nathan got himself into further trouble when he walked Colby Rasmus to load the bases, but Joakim Soria replaced him and managed to get the final two outs to wiggle out of the jam. After Aaron Loup sat down the Tigers with a scoreless tenth inning, Soria was unable to continue due to an injury. Joba Chamberlain then gave up an infield single to Danny Valencia and the game-winning double to Reimold to end it. Disastrous afternoon complete.

This series has already seen quite a bit of late-inning drama, as the Tigers rallied for three runs in the ninth inning last night against Casey Janssen to secure a comeback victory. The two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow, with David Price making his second start for Detroit while Toronto counters with veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle.

  1. drewzducks - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    The headline could’ve done without ” save in ninth”.

    • twenty1miles - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      *Slow clap*

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        *Slow clap*in stereo. That was funny.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I know he was at about 107 pitches after 8 but given the way Scherzer had absolutely owned the 8th and the fact he was still hitting 97 on his last pitch, I think the Tigers should have kept him in, I’m glad they didn’t though! Big win for the Jays against a team who’s starter was dominant and not wasting a great start of their own.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      Scherzer got a couple of pinch hitters out in the bottom of the 8th. There is no guarantee that he would have gotten out the top of the Jay’s order out in the bottom of the 9th. Can you guarantee that Reyes, Melky and Bautista would not have found a way to score a run? Scherzer is having a good year, but he has not been unhittable. By the way, those 2 pinch hitters that Scherzer got out in the 8th, manufactured the winning run against the bearded fat toad in the 10th.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        He threw 6 pitches to strike out those 2 pinch hitters in the bottom of 8, and while not a guarantee that he closes out the 9th I think it was a better bet than putting in Nathan who worked as hard as he could to blow the save on Friday night. Let Scherzer start the 9th and if he gets into trouble make the switch, similar to how the Jays dealt with Hutch on Wednesday.

        I’m not taking anything away from the Jays victory, I’m glad they won hopefully it’s the start of a streak, but they have to give a hat tip to Ausmus because he made a bad decision and it blew up in his face.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        Another possibility is that he threw with maximum effort in the 8th knowing that he was done.

      • Damidwesterner - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        No, I can’t guarantee that Max would have waxed Reyes, Melky and Bau. But I can guarantee that Joe Nothin’ would be the worst choice. He’s sucked all year.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        And that’s a fair possibility, after seeing Nathan struggle on Friday it seemed like there could have been better options available for them. But I don’t know too much about the Tigers.

        Speaking of struggling closers though, I’m thinking it might be time for the Jays to give Janssen a break and let someone else close for the next couple of opportunities. Since his illness right after the ASG I think he’s had 1 or 2 appearances that went completely as planned, in every other one he seems to be giving up hits and walks and doesn’t look like he did earlier in the season. Or barring that, hopefully with the return of Lind and EE they can get into a few games where there’s no need for the closer.

  3. historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    I feel like I could just re-post from this am — except 2 walks (1 intentional) after just 1 out, instead of 2 away. Thankfully, Ausome did not leave Nathan in to do any more damage this time. Why didn’t he just leave Max in? Now Soria is hurt and we used up 2 extra pieces of our BP trying to compensate for our closer.

    • xjokerz - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      it was pretty damn pathetic.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        It was not pathetic. The 45,900 fans in the stadium were treated to a great game and some wonderful payback for Friday’s game.

  4. drewzducks - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    As great as the Price addition was, I’m surprised Dombrowski didn’t address the “elephant in the room”. Anaheim has to be given credit for their preemptive strike with the Street addition. I know there were rumors about their interest in Miller (albeit more of a 7th/8th inning guy who went to Baltimore) at the deadline, but after last year’s Benoit/Ortiz result the ninth inning remains the one and only apparent weakness in Motown.

  5. tigersfandan - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Nathan’s post-game comments were pathetic.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      I didn’t hear what he said; however, the Jays and Stroman deserved the win.

  6. bender4700 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Soria to close. And Brad to not take out a good pitcher when hes killing them! Stupid old school thought. Complete games are ok. 10 pitches extra wont end a career or season. But a blown save could end a good run.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Somehow, Soria injured his back during the game. In 4.33 innings with Detroit, Soria has allowed 6 runs (5 earned). He does not seem to be an option to replace Nathan.

    • Damidwesterner - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      The only run the Tigers are on is a losing one, which we’re back to with today’s game. We lost 3 of 4 against the Yanks, so we’ve lost 4 out of the last 6.

  7. weaselpuppy - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Joe Nathan is the Devil.

    Handsome Brad is weak.

    The Annual August Tigers Malaise starts yet again.

    They lose because they don’t have the mental strength to win….been that way since 2009.

    • moogro - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      I think they lose a few because they have unreliable relief pitching…been that way since forever.

  8. scoochpooch - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Soria loves getting injured, what’s the point of having him?

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