Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, a wild back-and-forth game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers ended with a two-run walk-off error by the usually sure-handed Jose Iglesias (TB 8, DET 7).
Tampa Bay, down 7-6 at the time, had the bases loaded with one out against Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth inning. Logan Morrison hit a tailor-made 4-6-3 double play ball, but Iglesias tripped over the second base bag and uncorked a throw well wide of first base, allowing two runs to score. Here's the play:
You can see Iglesias down on the turf in pain at the end of the video. Based on the way the play went down, it's easy to think it was some kind of lower body injury. A rolled ankle or a twisted knee, something like that. He did take an awkward step at second base.
But no, it was not his lower half. Iglesias took a knee to the chin from Brad Miller, the baserunner. Iglesias stumbled to the turf and Miller slid right into him. It's unclear whether he will miss any time.
Tigers will wait until tomorrow before offering any medical judgments on Jose Iglesias, who took a knee to the jaw on the game's final play.— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) April 20, 2017
The good news is Iglesias walked off the field under his own power. Anytime a player takes a blow to the head like that though, you always worry about a concussion. Hopefully Iglesias escapes with nothing more than a bruise.
The loss was bad enough for the Tigers. Losing their starting shortstop to injury would made things that much worse.