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.
Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman has undergone his second surgery of the offseason. After feeling continued discomfort in his left shoulder, he had a distal clavicle resection on Friday, for which he’ll be sidelined at least six weeks before getting cleared to resume his preseason workout regimen.
The 25-year-old corner infielder closed out his sophomore season in the majors in 2018. He batted a terrific .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs, an .864 OPS and 6.5 fWAR across 616 plate appearances, received his first career Gold Glove distinction and was a finalist for the American League MVP award as well. Despite recent complications, Chapman’s regular season performance wasn’t marred by injury — he sustained a right thumb contusion in June, but bounced back within three weeks and enjoyed a strong second half — and the A’s will undoubtedly look to him as one of their strongest performers in 2019.
Friday’s procedure was his second of the year, as he also underwent an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision in his thumb back in October. Per Lee and MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa, Chapman is expected to make a complete recovery within a two-month window, after which point he’ll likely be in fine shape to contribute during spring training.