Ankiel's defense plays role in 14-inning affair

Ankiel's defense plays role in 14-inning affair

HOUSTON -- Nobody felt worse about Thursday's 14-inning loss than Rick Ankiel. The Astros outfielder, a defensive substitution in the sixth inning, booted an eighth-inning single that allowed the tying run to score and sent the game into extra innings.

But Ankiel's atonement in the 11th inning, gunning down Detroit's Matt Tuiasosopo at the plate to end the frame, brought some semblance of comfort moving forward.

"The play before, it's just heart wrenching," Ankiel said. "I did everything I wanted to do. I feel like I got there quick and I slowed [the ball] down. I misjudged the hop there. Those things happen. It's just unfortunately timing for me and the team.

"So then when you're able to make a play later on like that, it definitely helps coping with the play before."

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.