Posted by: Jeremy | October 6, 2009

The greatest game ever played


Carlos Gomez and friends, living it up

Carlos Gomez and friends, living it up

I love it! October baseball was at its finest tonight, and technically it was still the regular season. The Twins bested the Tigers 6-5 in 12 innings, winning their 17th of 21 to finish the season and win the AL Central Tiebreaker. They could’ve pitched this script for the movie “Little Big League” and it would’ve been rejected because it was too unrealistic…

Man, that was one of the greatest ballgames I’ve ever seen. The Tigers jumped to an early 3-0 lead behind a homer from an apparently-sober Miguel Cabrera, then watched as Minnesota scrapped back with bombs from Jason Kubel and Orlando Cabrera to take a 4-3 lead. Not to be outdone, Magglio Ordonez hit a solo shot in the eighth to tie things. That’s when it got interesting.

Detroit had a couple chances to put it away, but in typical 2009 Tiger fashion, choked. A first-and-third, nobody out rally in the ninth was erased by a strike out and a line drive double play and a 5-4 tenth inning lead went to waste when Ryan Raburn misplayed Michael Cuddyer’s drive to start the bottom of the inning, leading to a triple and the eventual the tying run. Raburn got redemption, however, nailing Alexi Casilla at the plate while trying to tag on Nick Punto’s liner.

The Tigers had another chance to pull ahead in the 12th, loading the bases with one out and apparently catching a break when a Bobby Keppel pitch grazed Brandon Inge’s jersey, but a botched call left Inge at the plate. Inge ended up grounding into a fielder’s choice and Keppel followed with a 3-2 strikeout of Gerald Laird. Finally, Casilla put it to bed in the bottom of the 12th with a one-out single to cash Carlos Gomez.

Well, there’s the game story, in case you missed out on the party. Now, if only we could get some playoff baseball in Toronto. Actually, I’m not sure how I’d handle that, considering I almost had a heart attack cheering for Minnesota tonight. It don’t go no better!

With the win, Minnesota hops a flight to New York to face a Yankees team led by playoff hero Alex Rodriguez. The series tips at six tomorrow, but not before the Phillies and Rockies get the playoffs officially underway at 2:30. Gotta love it!

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  1. WHAT you were cheering for minnesota?
    i wonder how things would have played out if the ump would have given inge that base…

  2. I’m always a fan of the underdog, especially when the other team is Detroit! But yeah, that was a horrible missed call…if I was a Tigers fan (which would cause hell to freeze over), I’d be pretty, pretty upset. Nonetheless…VICTORY!

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  4. I am trying to view this in Safari but none of the images are not appearing properly. Is there a fix?


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