DETROIT -- The second and last of the Tigers' scrimmages against their fall instructional league team wrapped up without many significant events. Max Scherzer, slated to start Game 4 of the World Series at Comerica Park on Sunday night, pitched two innings against Tigers hitters. Game 3 scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez tossed in an inning.
With Monday a work day, the game didn't have nearly as many onlookers from beyond the outfield fence as Sunday's game. The stands, meanwhile, were virtually empty save for team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, vice president/assistant GM Al Avila, manager Jim Leyland and -- at least for an inning or two -- Game 1 starter Justin Verlander.
Phil Coke, who finished out the last three games of the American League Championship Series to sweep the Yankees, also got in an inning, as well as some comic relief. Even in a simulated game, he did his mad dash in from the bullpen. Then, after getting three quick outs, he asked for the ball back so he could get some more pitches for another out.
After another groundout, Coke tried it again, only to be turned down in his request for a five-out inning.