3:24 PM: I’m putting this up now so it doesn’t look like I was second guessing later. Or hey, maybe to give Brad Ausmus credit for having guts. I don’t know.
What I do know is that when Justin Verlander ran out of gas in the sixth, Ausmus went to Anibal Sanchez out of the pen. Sanchez, usually a starter, threw thirty pitches over the rest of the sixth and through the seventh and didn’t allow a thing. He looked good. Now, entering the eighth, Ausmus decided to take Sanchez out and start the inning with Joba Chamberlain, who was horrifyingly bad last night.
I can’t say I’d go back to that well. Not after last night and not while Sanchez looked so darn good in his two innings today. The Tigers have a 6-3 lead.
But I guess we’ll see how it goes.
UPDATE: Chamberlain faced four dudes. He retired one. Then he plunked Adam Jones and gave up two singles. The Orioles scored and it’s now 6-4. Ausmus just yanked Chamberlain for Joakim Soria with runners on first and second. Soria walked J.J. Hardy. One out. This is ridiculous.
UPDATE: Delmon Young comes up as a pinch hitter and on the first pitch clears the bases with a double. It’s now 7-6 Baltimore. This is unreal.