Tigers manager Jim Leyland walked to the mound. What did Leyland say to Verlander when he got there?
“In the ninth?” Verlander asked, then cracked a grin and laughed. “He said, ‘You’re going to get me fired.’ “
...Alex Gordon, who had doubled off Verlander to lead off the first inning, came to the plate. Verlander’s pitch sequence for pitches 127 through 131: fastball, fastball, fastball, changeup, fastball.
The radar readings: 100, 100, 100, 88, 100. Pitch No. 131 was a called strike three, and Verlander headed to the dugout with his first victory of the season.
...“Skip can’t win for losing,” Verlander said. “He takes me out, we (fall into a tie). He leaves me in, we lose. Tonight he’ll get questioned because I threw 131 pitches.”
But both the pitcher and the manager said it was important for Verlander to finish the job after what happened in his last outing.
“I had some demons to exorcise,” Verlander said. “I wanted that thing. I wanted the ball. I wanted to go back out there and shut those guys down. Obviously, it didn’t go the way I would have liked, but when it came down to it I made the pitch that I needed to.”
...“I told Skip,” Verlander said, “I said, ‘Sorry for getting your blood pressure up. Now that that’s out of the way the rest of them will be easy.’ “
Posted: April 17, 2012 at 06:33 AM | 17 comment(s)
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