Brad Ausmus told reporters his heart stopped when he saw Rajai Davis break on delayed steal. Davis: "My heart would've stopped too"— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) May 28, 2014
Other than giving Ausmus a bit of figurative cardiac arrest, Davis could not have timed his move any better. His old-school style swipe of third against the Oakland Athletics put the Tigers in position to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning without even getting a hit.
Detroit won 6-5, thanks to Davis' motoring legs and calculating mind. In an era when home runs are down but stolen bases aren't utilized like they were years ago, Davis showed how dangerous speed still can be.
The Associated Press writes:
''Raj was just being Raj,'' Ausmus said. ''He likes to wreak havoc on the bases, he saw the pitcher's head drop and he took advantage.''
Tigers right-hander Joe Nathan, who came in later for the save, said he thought Davis "caught the whole stadium by surprise."
''I know I missed it.''
With one out, Davis stepped in as a pinch runner at first base after J.D. Martinez walked against left-hander Fernando Abad. Davis reached second on a passed ball by catcher Derek Norris and waited for Norris to throw the ball back to the pitcher after a 2-1 pitch to Nick Castellanos. Feeling relatively free of spying eyes, and with the ball lobbed in the air to the mound, Davis sprinted for third, making it without a challenge.
After Castellanos walked to put runners at the corners, Davis scored when the A's couldn't complete a double play on a grounder by Austin Jackson.
Davis has 16 steals, which is fifth in the league. Dee Gordon of the Dodgers leads the league with 30.
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