DETROIT -- With runners at the corners and two outs in a 1-1 game in the fifth inning, Rangers manager Ron Washington and his coaching staff decided to pitch to Miguel Cabrera rather than walk him and face Victor Martinez.
In Martinez's previous at-bat in the fourth, he hit a home run off Colby Lewis, but suffered an oblique injury on the swing. He slammed his batting helmet in the dugout and went to the clubhouse to be looked at by trainers. He grabbed a bat and came back out to hit in the fifth inning.
But the Rangers' dugout wasn't sure what Martinez's condition was or if he was even injured. That may not have completely impacted the decision anyway. The plan was to pitch around Cabrera. If he chases, fine. If not, take your chances with Martinez.
"I'm not going to take another runner and put him at second base," Washington said. "The [go-ahead] run is already at third base. I'm not going to do that. We tried to make a pitch. Colby didn't get it threre. Cabrera caught it."
It was an 0-2 pitch that was up that Cabrera drove to the opposite field for an RBI double. Martinez then came up and never attempted to swing the bat and drew a walk.
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead after that inning and added to it with two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh.