Verlander struggles in loss to Twins
Justin Verlander couldn’t pitch. Austin Jackson couldn’t catch. And Miguel Cabrera’s injuries got to the point where he was bleeding through his uniform — not a trickle of blood, like Curt Schilling’s famous sock, but something that looked like a battle wound.
He came into the game having allowed only eight runs in his last four starts and was facing his favorite team. But bad pitches and bloopers meant he got a no-decision after allowing six runs in seven innings.
“But that man is tireless. No matter what you do against him, he just keeps coming after you.”
Cabrera came to the plate with two out and Torii Hunter on first. As the bloodstain grew on his knee, Cabrera struck out on a 3-2 pitch and then hobbled to his position at third base, looking for all the world like Oz’s Tin Man after misplacing his oil can.
Cabrera had only ripped open a scab while diving for a ball. By the eighth inning, he was re-bandaged, had switched to a fresh pair of pants and was back in business.
With two out in the eighth and a runner on second, Minnesota’s Chris Herrmann hit a ball just to Jackson’s left. Right fielder Torii Hunter took one look at the liner and started heading for the dugout, only to turn around in horror when Jackson started staggering toward right-center.
Herrmann stayed at second, but Doug Bernier scored what turned out to be the winning run.