Affeldt gets in, out of trouble to send game to 9th

Leading off the bottom of the eighth inning, in front of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, Jeremy Affeldt walked Quintin Berry. Berry, 27, has 177 career at-bats in his career. Fielder and Cabrera have 581 combined career home runs. Walking Berry ahead of them, dare I say, was a bad idea.

But Affeldt struck out Cabrera on three pitches -- curve, fastball, change, with the last two swinging strikes. That brought up Prince Fielder, who had some measure of success against Affeldt over his career, going 4-for-12. Alas, the small-sample theatre didn't help him much, as Fielder took a strike, flinched out of the way on a curveball that dropped in for a strike, and waved at a fastball for strike three.

Delmon Young followed, and Affeldt gave him the same treatment, striking out the side and stranding the leadoff walk.

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