What the Tigers don’t know is why games like Thursday afternoon keep happening.
“This has a special meaning because of the way the fans were treating me and reacting. … It really (gave) me goosebumps coming off the mound in the seventh.”
As far as other Tigers pitchers go, Ausmus said there was nothing new to report on either Anibal Sanchez or Daniel Norris, who are both on the disabled list.
Alfredo Simon fell apart against the Angels, going four and 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits, eight earned runs, four walks and a home run, while striking out only two. Three of those earned runs were scored off Simon’s three wild pitches.
“In baseball you always want to find a reason to explain stuff,” Ausmus said. “Sometimes there’s no reason. It’s just the way it is.”
Wolf settled down after he got rocked then, and the Tigers managed to throw in a three-run homer from Ian Kinsler to make it a more respectable loss of 5-3. The journeyman left-hander finished with seven innings pitched, allowing nine hits and four runs (three earned), with five strikeouts and no walks.
A fan sitting behind the Tigers’ dugout was struck by a rocketing foul ball off Anthony Gose’s bat.
“I kind of always wanted to live in a way where when I look back when I’m 50 years old, I don’t want to look back with any regrets. I had to give it one more try and see what I had in the tank.”
“I definitely felt like I was turning a corner, feeling really good on the mound. And that happens, it’s a little frustrating.”
“He doesn’t have the same stuff he had when he first got called to the big leagues but he was pretty young at that time. He knows how to pitch. He’s a real good teammate, a real good guy.”