ARLINGTON -- Ramon Santiago's 13-pitch at-bat in the ninth inning Friday night against Texas closer Neftali Feliz, one of the hardest throwers in the league, drew rave reviews from Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
"Very impressive," the manager said.
Leyland wouldn't go so far as to say Santiago's at-bat set the stage for the Tigers' two-run rally to tie the game at 4 in the top of the ninth -- the next three batters got hits. "I don't think it had anything to do with it," Leyland said.
But Leyland did commend Santiago for his effort. Feliz was throwing around 100 mph the entire at-bat. And Santiago did take a changeup on the 10th pitch, something he said was difficult to do.
Leyland did say Santiago's at-bat might have impacted Feliz.
"He probably did take a little bit out of him," Leyland said.