There were so many heroes in yesterday’s wonderful 11 inning showdown between the Tigers and Rangers. Obviously Nelson Cruz going with for 4, driving in 5 of the Rangers 7 runs with a 7th inning game tying homer and an 11th inning walk off grand slam would make him a pretty safe pick for “Player of the Game.”
Ryan Raburn hit a go ahead 3 run homer for Detroit.
Max Scherzer pitched a solid 6 innings for the Tigers, especially after his shaky first.
Miguel Cabrera started a dramatic bases loaded double play to save the game.
Neftali Feliz worked out of an extra inning jam.
Reliever Mike Adams got the win. He pitched a scoreless 11th striking out 2. But if you watched the game, you saw the pitching star was Rangers reliever Scott Feldman.
He came in the third after Derek Holland’s wildness result in Raburn’s homer and a blown lead.
What did Feldman do?
He gave the Rangers 4 1/3 shutout innings from the pen.
The starter couldn’t last 3 but the rest of the Rangers wonderful pen wasn’t needed until the 8th.
And neither Ogando, Feliz, Gonzalez nor Adams were really stretched last night and could probably pitch in Game 3 today.
So Feldman doesn’t get the start.
He doesn’t get the win.
He doesn’t get a hold.
He doesn’t get a save.
He gets gotch.
Sure he gets to have a low ERA and nice stats. But there SHOULD be a stat, shouldn’t there?
A “Hey Nice Game!” Stat.
A “He saved the bullpen” Stat.
A “Let’s not let this go unnoticed” Stat.
Not sure how it will work.
Then again, I created the whole “Teeth Grinder vs. Dodged Bullet” ratio in the regular season.
Maybe I’ll figure out the “Nice Job” stat as well.
The least I can do is make sure there is at least one blog post out there written about him.
And if you Google “Did Scott Feldman Have A Good Game In Game 2 Of The 2011 ALCS?” you should find this article.