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Position player pitching alert: The Tigers turned to Andrew Romine in a blowout

Aug 23, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

Andrew Romine AP AP

After Skip Schumaker pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Reds on Thursday night, we got another position player pitching last night. It didn’t go nearly as well.

With the Tigers down 17-6 to the Twins, infielder Andrew Romine made his first career relief appearance in the bottom of the eighth inning. He surrendered a leadoff double to Kennys Vargas before giving up back-to-back home runs to Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe. Both of them were tape-measure blasts. On the bright side, Romine retired three out of the next four batters, including a strikeout of Kurt Suzuki.

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According to the fantastic Brooks Baseball, Romine averaged 86.7 mph on his fastball and topped out at 90.6 mph.

  1. renaado - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    The amount of position/pitcher players bein used nowadays is just unbelievable… yet, amazing.

    • uuddlrlrbastart - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      And all that despite teams using 8-man bullpens.

      • renaado - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        It’s a blowout, teams probably don’t want to overwork their bullpen guys in games like this.

  2. pwshrugged - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    He actually looked pretty decent for a position player who’d never pitched a professional inning – he had a solid range of velocity (I saw 89 to 77) between his fastball and change. But boy oh boy, he left some juicy meatballs up there to the wrong guys.

  3. metrocritical - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    He allowed more home runs in relief than he can hope to hit in a season at SS.

    • tigersfandan - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Actually, he allowed 2 homers and he has hit 2 homers this season.

  4. shoehole - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    I watched the game last night and it’s hard to imagine but, Coke was the best pitcher Detroit trotted out to the mound.
    I’ve been hard on Coke lately and I think he would be a better starter than Robbie Ray, whom Detroit picked up in the Washington trade. Speaking of trades, at 12 and 4, Doug Fister is doing better in D.C. than the two hacks Detroit received. Both gave up quite a few runs last night. Bad trade all around.

    • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Yeah, but Steve Lombardozzi. Oh, wait…

      • historiophiliac - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM


        /throws peanuts

  5. historiophiliac - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    You know, at that point it was like why not, we just need a body and not wear everyone out. They pulled some of the 1st nine anyway because we have a double-header today to play too. Make-ups stink…much like this entire game. That was painful.

  6. shoehole - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Natslady, I would have mentioned Steve Lombardozzi earlier but, I could not think of his name. Seems like he only had a cup of coffee with the Tigers.

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