Disruption gets Boyd off his game in fifth inning
Detroit — Matt Boyd couldn't have been in a better groove.
He was at 42 pitches through four innings and he'd faced the minimum of 12 Twins hitters. He'd allowed a walk and another hitter reached on an error — both were dispatched on double-play balls.
"I was throwing the ball awesome," Boyd said.
Then some craziness ensued.
The start of the fifth inning was delayed by an altercation in the crowd down left-field line. A female fan jumped onto the field in front of the Tigers bullpen momentarily — which may have been amusing to the Tigers relievers, but not apparently to her male friend.
When she got back into her seat, he apparently started a disturbance and was eventually escorted out of the stadium in handcuffs by police.
Meanwhile, Boyd had completed his warm-ups, had to stop and then warm up again. Needless to say, it knocked him out of sync. He walked the first two batters in the fifth and wound up getting touched for four runs, even though he only gave up one hit, a three-run triple to Eddie Rosario.
"You can say it threw me off, but that's a rookie mistake," Boyd said. "That shouldn't happen. That's unacceptable on my part. I got my focus back right after that, but I've got to be better than that."
It was, all things considered, a strong outing. He went six innings allowing only the one hit, plus four walks. He was effectively using his two-seam fastball and varying his speeds on his curveball and change-up.
"I felt great today," he said. "I wish I could get two batters back — the first two of the fifth inning. That's what it came down to and that's completely on me. That started the big inning. It's unfortunate I let it get away from me."
The Twins fourth run came on some baserunning daring by Rosario. He tagged and scored from third on a pop-up in shallow right field that was caught by second baseman Ian Kinsler.
It seemed that Rosario caught Kinsler flat-footed, but his throw still beat Rosario to the plate. But it skipped by catcher James McCann.
"Not really," Kinsler said when asked if he was surprised Rosario ran. "The play before he was kind of playing with me and I knew on that play there was a chance he could go. I had plenty of time. I put a good throw on it, it just got past McCann."
Manager Brad Ausmus agreed.
"Oh, he was ready," he said of Kinsler. "If the ball is caught, if it doesn't skip off the grass, Rosario is out by 10 feet. Rosario would've been out easy. It just so happened it hit the grass. It was actually a decent hop, it was just a quick hop, much quicker than expected."
Around the horn
Tigers shortstop Andrew Romine left the game in the fifth inning because of right groin soreness.