The Detroit Tigers had a chance to set the tone in Game 5 of the ALCS Thursday night.
They did, but Miguel Cabrera being easily tagged out at the plate set the wrong tone.
Instead of having the bases loaded against the Red Sox, the Tigers ended the inning and any momentum.
Did Cabrera make the wrong move?
Third base coach Tom Brookens, a former Erie SeaWolves manager, initially waved home Cabrera.
That was wrong to begin with. Brookens should have known who his runner is (Cabrera) and his limitations (gimpy).
Brookens realized Cabrera wasn’t going to score and put up the stop sign. Cabrera either didn’t see it, didn’t want to stop or couldn’t stop.
Either way, it gave the Red Sox momentum going into the second inning.
Here’s Jim Leyland on the play:
– Rick Green