Thursday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers seemed to have a regulation win against the Houston Astros in the bag.
David Price had pitched well into the sixth inning, and the team had finally gotten the kind of clutch hits that had previously evaded them on plenty of other nights.
All of a sudden, things changed. Price went bad in the seventh, getting knocked around by the Astros to the tune of three runs, two of which were earned. Considering pitch count, it was time for him to go. Replacing Price was Angel Nesbitt, who got the final out of the seventh in one pitch.
Nesbitt then led off the eighth, getting his second out in only two pitches, but was removed for Blaine Hardy despite the fact that there was nobody on base. The reasoning was simple according to Brad Ausmus.
"Lefty up," Ausmus responded almost immediately when asked. Does he not trust Nesbitt against a left-handed hitter?
"I do, but I feel better with Blaine Hardy against a lefty," Ausmus said.Read more... Join the Conversation...