The Tigers looked like they were on there way to an important series opening victory last night as the White Sox squandered a number of scoring opportunities.
The Sox would again put two men on base with one out in the eighth. To be honest, I was expecting another rally to end without any runs scored. As the count went full to Alex Cintron I started to hope for a walk to load the bases. I did not expect Cintron to hit a 3 run homer giving the Sox a 4-3 lead going into the ninth.
But that's what happened last night as the Sox got their most important victory of this young season. I would also call it the most exciting home run this year, edging out Brian Anderson's game tying home run with two outs in the ninth off Mariner's closer Eddie Guardardo and Pablo Ozuna's (ed: cut and paste) game tying home run with two outs in the ninth off Mariner's closer Eddie Guardardo.
All three home runs were unexpected as none of the three are sluggers (in fact it was Ozuna's first career homer). But a three-run late-inning bomb, turning a likely defeat into victory, against a team you are trying to catch in the standings, is definitely more thrilling than a game tying home run against a not very good Mariners team.
And just a reminder, Kenny Williams landed Alex Cintron for a AAA reliever that did not make the D-Backs roster.
Jayson Stark on last night's game.