Detroit Tigers Win On Santiago’s Walk-Off Homer In 10th
Ramon Santiago wasn’t supposed to be the hero of tonight’s game. Tiger starting pitcher Doug Fister mowed down the first 18 Kansas City hitters without anybody reaching base. Fister would get into some trouble in the 7th, but the Royals would only score one run. Unfortunately, the Tigers were still being shut out at that point and found themselves trailing 1-0. The Tigers finally tied the game in the 8th on a clutch 2-out hit by Magglio Ordonez.
Ordonez, with his glacial speed was replaced by pinch-runner Ramon Santiago. After both teams traded zeros in the 9th inning, Ramon Santiago got his only at-bat of the game in the bottom of the 10th. The Tiger utility man launched his 5th homer of the season into the rightfield seats to win the game 2-1. Santiago was mobbed by his teammates at home plate and got a shaving cream pie in the face during his post-game interview.
The victory keeps the Tigers ahead of the White Sox and Indians by 5 and 5.5 games respectively in the American League Central division race. The Tigers and Royals will now play afternoon games on Wednesday and Thursday at Comerica Park in Detroit. Rick Porcello will go for his 13th win in tomorrow’s game against the Royals’ Felipe Paulino (2-6). 1:05 first pitch.