Jose Iglesias has another 'oh, wow' play vs. White Sox
Chicago — Jose Iglesias does something in just about every game to make you go, "Oh, wow."
The Tigers skid-stopping 7-1 win Saturday might have gone differently without the play he made on Jose Abreu in the first inning.
David Price, who would pitch a complete game and strike out 11, wasn't sharp early. He got two strikes on Alexei Ramirez in the first but lost him on a line single to left.
In stepped Abreu. Again, Price got ahead 0-2. Again he left a pitch out over the plate and Abreu scorched one up the middle.
Iglesias somehow snared it moving to his left and managed to flip it quickly to Ian Kinsler who turned a double play.
"Phenomenal," Price said. "That game could've been completely different. Abreu's first two at-bats, he hits two balls on the screws and we get three outs."
Abreu came up again in the third with Ramirez on second and hit a line drive that Kinsler snared.
Price, even with the 11 strikeouts, was able to pitch the complete game comfortably at 110 pitches. Give an assist to those defensive plays.
"From a defensive standpoint, pitch counts are tremendously helped by the defense behind them," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It can be the difference between an eight-pitch inning and a 20-pitch inning.
"So not only did those plays stem the tide and keep them from a rally, it also helped keep his pitch count low."
Iglesias also chipped in offensively with two singles, a double and two RBIs.
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