Tigers' Krol: I didn't troll fans during game

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus talks with pitcher Ian Krol in  the sixth inning. Krol pitched two scoreless innings while striking out two and walking two hitters.

Did Ian Krol celebrate his good outing Wednesday night by trolling Tigers fans on Twitter?

The Tigers reliever says no.

Krol, in fact, seemed surprised following the Tigers' 13-4 loss to the Yankees when The News asked him if, during the game and after he exited, had he gone on Twitter and re-tweeted several negative tweets about himself — as if to say, "How do you like me now?"

Krol explained, saying he has given a few of his buddies access to his Twitter account, and the freedom to post under his handle — @IanKrolTKB.

"There's a couple friends that have my Twitter account just to go troll people," the Tigers left-hander said. "They just see what's going on.

"I'll tell them to cool it."

For Krol's sake, that's probably a good idea.

After all, it doesn't look good when tweets are flying off his account during a game, particularly a lopsided loss like Wednesday's.

Krol was knocked around for two homers in just three at-bats Tuesday, so several fans on Twitter expressed their uneasiness about him entering Wednesday's game. Krol bounced back, though, accumulating a pair of scoreless, hitless innings.

After he left the game, five tweets were retweeted under his account, including:

* @buckeye1022: "I mean, if someone's gonna blow their arm out in the cold and snow 'cause they have to throw to many pitches, why not, oh IDK, Ian Krol?"

* @ghostofrocky: "How bad is it? So bad that Ian Krol will pitch."

* @electricsnuff: "Hide the women and children."

"My friends," Krol said, shaking his head. "I'll get on that."