HOUSTON — And a Howdy Partner to y’all and welcome to the state of Texas and the home of the best country music troubadour-George Straight, the best tasting chili in the world and some people say the worst major league baseball team and the newest member of the American League-the Houston Astros.
The Detroit Tigers opened a four-game series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, Thursday night May 2, 2013.
The Astros came home early in the morning after completing a road trip to the city of New York and against the Yankees. It was a late night and a early start to the day for the Astros.
The Detroit Tigers made the Astros’ day even longer by playing an extra inning game going 14 innings before ending the game at midnight central daylight saving time with a 7-4 victory over the Astros.
“We’ll enjoy this one,” Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said early Friday morning.
Tigers’ utility man Don Kelly drove in the game-winning run with a base hit into right field, getting Austin Jackson home after he lead off the 14th inning hitting his sixth double of the season off of Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel.
Houston Astros manager Bo Peters did not want his team to get beat by Miguel Cabrera or Prince Fielder so he choose to intentionally walk both Tigers’ hitters and that loaded the bases for Kelly.
The winning Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen arrived in Houston just hours after getting the call from Toledo.
“Luke had a pretty good curve,” Leland said about Putkonen.
“Felt I had a curveball that I could bury and throw out of the zone,” Putkonen said. “It felt good.”
Leyland started Rick Porcello against the Astros and in the first innings Houston’s catcher Jason Castro put a charge into a Porcello offering and hit his second home run of the season that traveled a long way up into the left field seats.
Porcello worked seven innings giving up three earned run, two home runs but he did strike out seven all-in-all not a bad start for Porcello but it was not a work of beauty either against the Astros but the Tigers bullpen painted a beautiful picture for Leyland and for the Tigers.
“Porcello was really good,” Leyland said. “An excellent job.”
The Tigers relief pitchers struck out 11 Astros, only walking two and only giving up only one hit the last seven innings.
The Tigers’ offense did not leave Porcello hanging because they came back to tie the score at three in the eighth inning.
With two out and nobody on base in the eighth, Tigers’ first baseman Fielder got hit by pitch when Wesley Wright lost control of a fastball that hit Fielder on the arm.
Fielder not happy with Wright’s pitch and while he walked down toward first base, nothing was said but there was a lot of eye contact being made by Fielder.
Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez hit a Wright fastball on a line heading for the corner into right field for a base hit.
Astros right fielder Rick Ankiel tried to surround the ball but the ball hit Ankiel’s glove darted off to the side and Ankiel slipped fell down trying to recover the ball.
Fielder running hard around the bases and when he was heading into third base, he was waved around the base by third base coach Tom Brookins to tie the score.
The four-game series against the Houston Astros continues at 7:05 Central Daylight Time, Friday night May 3, 2013 at Minute Maid Park.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.