The Tigers used another late comeback Sunday afternoon to defeat the Red Sox 7-5 from Comerica Park taking the weekend four game series 3 games to 1.
Joaquin Benoit, the new anointed closer of the Tigers, picked up the win after going 1.1 innings in relief of Drew Smyly while Verlander experienced another shaky outing as he went five innings giving up four run in the no decision.
The difference though between a series split or win for Detroit may of come at the benefit of a controversial call late in the game.
During a tied ballgame in the 8th, Garcia led off the inning with a fly ball that carried right fielder Daniel Nava to the warning track where he appeared to make the catch. However on the transfer Nava dropped the ball allowing Garcia to stand up on second base as the umpires ruled it a no catch.
You be the judge, was it a catch and a bad call or a drop?
Upon pleading the case for Nava, Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected from the game for arguing with the umpires. And whether you think it was a bad call or the the right call the play itself opened up the gates for the Tigers to get three runs across in the home half of the 8th to eventually take the win.
For the record, I do believe the umpires made the incorrect call. However with no one on for the Tigers and no outs Nava could’ve taken his time with the transfer so there would be no question. It’s a tough call too for the umpires who do not have the benefit of instant replay which by the way in this case may be another prime example to expand it in future seasons.
I also find it to be a little retribution for this bad call from last season…
I guess the baseball gods DO remember…