Detroit Tigers Score, Tyler Collins had a moment at first base where he was concerned about screwing up. In the end, he did anything but.
In the end, the young outfielder, who was making his major league debut, scored the game-winning run.
Collins entered the game Monday afternoon as a pinch runner and made his way around the bases to score the winning run in a walk-off 4-3 victory for the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals.
Collins said he kept himself together and composed throughout opening day … until he got to first base to replace Alex Avila, who had drawn a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth.
“I wasn’t nervous, all day long, (batting practice), showing up yesterday,” Collins said. “And then that first pitch I was just like, ‘Man, I really don’t want to mess up.’ After that first pitch, I was like, OK, just get back in the game and focus and do your job.”
He did it well. Collins went from first to third on a clutch single by fellow rookie Nick Castellanos, then trotted home with the winning run when Alex Gonzalez singled through a drawn-in infield. He said he had two thoughts as he headed home.
“Don’t miss the plate was the big one,” Collins said. “Then, go get Alex for having a great (at-bat).”