Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

Leyland doesn't second-guess Brookens' move

BOSTON -- A day later, Tigers manager Jim Leyland still believes his third-base coach was right to send Brayan Pena home Tuesday night, even though Tom Brookens regretted the wave in hindsight.

"Brookens made me mad, because his comment was that he felt like he was too aggressive and shouldn't have sent him," Leyland said. "I totally disagree with that. I think he should've sent him. I loved the call.

"It's two outs. They made two good relays. I've seen balls hit the mound. I've been balls skip off. To me, that was a no-brainer. You send him with two outs, make them make both plays. I disagree with Tom. I think he made a great call. That ball [Jose Iglesias] went all the way to the wall."

Iglesias' double skipped past center fielder Shane Victorino, allowing Omar Infante to score easily from third. Pena was trying to score from first, but seemingly ran out of gas before Stephen Drew's throw beat him by at least 12 feet for the third out of the inning.

"You know what's wrong when people second-guess stuff like that? They always assume that the next guy's going to get a hit," Leyland said. "It doesn't happen very often."

Austin Jackson was on deck. He doubled off Jon Lester in the opening inning, but was 2-for-10 lifetime against Lester entering the game.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.
Read More: Detroit Tigers