With one out in the bottom of the tenth inning of a 3-3 game that will ultimately decide who goes to the World Series, Jim Leyland made sure that his best hitter didn't bat.
Well, that's not entirely fair. I'm not sure if Leyland told Austin Jackson to steal or if the outfielder had the green light. But he certainly didn't have a red light, and he was thrown out trying to steal second. What was a one-on, one-out situation became a bases-empty situation, and Ryan Raburn ended the inning by striking out. Miguel Cabrera was left on deck.
Scott Feldman was the pitcher, and he was the grateful and lucky recipient of some strategical charity. Even if Jackson makes it, it would have taken the bat out of Cabrera's hands if he did come up. Victor Martinez hasn't played like he's hurt tonight, but he can't be 100%.
By trying to steal second, the Tigers were hoping that Raburn would win the game instead of Cabrera. Okay.