Matt Wieters dropped a pop up that preceded Miguel Cabrera’s two-run homer off Kevin Millwood in the sixth inning. Earlier in the game, he failed to block a pitch in the dirt, allowing the ball to roll away from him for a wild pitch.
Just as I was complaining about him to a friend via text message, he lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right field off Tigers reliever Phil Coke in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie.
It wasn’t a bad pitch - down and away - but Wieters drove it to the warning track.
Coke was charged with two runs, the second scoring on Adam Jones’ single after he left the game. He gave up consecutive one-out singles to Ty Wigginton and Nick Markakis, with Wigginton’s ball slamming off his foot, and also threw a wild pitch that advanced Markakis. Pinch-runner Julio Lugo held at third - some might say froze - but he eventually scored on Wieters’ fly ball.
Huge, huge props to David Hernandez for preventing the Tigers from scoring after a leadoff triple in the seventh.
Let’s hope we’ll also be giving props to Koji Uehara, who’s warming in the bullpen. Redemption time.