The Tigers rallied from a 6-1 fifth-inning deficit on Saturday night to capture a 7-6 extra-innings victory from the Red Sox. It was all capped off by fill-in second baseman Ramon Santiago, who drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 12th inning off Boston reliever Ramon Ramirez. In all the excitement, Santiago almost forgot to trot down the line and touch first base:
“In all of my career, I’ve never been a part of anything like that, but
the guys were all telling me to go,” Santiago said. “It’s one of those
things you learn, I guess.”
The Red Sox threatened with runners in scoring position in both the 10th and 11th innings, but Detroit setup man Joel Zumaya powered his way through both jams. Magglio Ordonez opened the 12th frame with a single, Brennan Boesch added a single in the next at-bat, and, two batters later, Brandon Inge drew a walk to bring Santiago to the plate.
Boston is now 19-18 on the season, 6.5 games back of the Rays in the American League East. The Tigers are 21-16 and are keeping pace with the Twins in the American League Central.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.