Tigers lose to Pirates, 13-10, in wild, controversial Opening Day
Tigers fans were robbed of the chance to celebrate an Opening Day, extra innings victory, when after a lengthy review, Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos was called out at the plate in the 10th inning of a 13-inning ,13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park on Friday afternoon.
Jacoby Jones hit a single to shallow left field in the 10th inning with Castellanos on scond with two outs and the game tied.Castellanos was waived home and appeared to dodge Pirates (1-0) catcher Francisco Cervelli's tag attempt. Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo called Castellanos safe and the crowd erupted. The video review semed to be a formailty, with Pirates payers leaving the field after seeing the review on the big screen. But after a long look, Castellanos was called out, ending the 10th inning. the Pirates scored three in the 13th and the Tigers (0-1) couldn't answer, ending the game.
Five Tigers relievers combined to allow six runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, including three by presumed closer Shane Greene. Reliever Alex Wilson stabilized things when he came in, in the 10th, but he wore down by the 13th and gave up a three-run home run, the game's first round-tripper, to Gregory Polanco. Wilson got tagged with the loss.
Poor Tigers defense contributed to several runs as well. Blunders by Jose Iglesias, James McCann, Dixon Machado and Castellanos all added to the Tigers' miserable day in the field.
Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann had an encouraging, if unspectacular, start for the Tigers, pitching six innings and allowing six hits and four earned runs in a no decision. Zimmermann's eight strikeouts were the most for him since May of 2016.
Pirates starter Ivan Nova had control issues all day but never really paid for it, allowing six hits but only two runs in five innings. The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs twice on Nova but didn't score either time.
Tigers bats were active, pushing across 10 runs with no home runs. Jones went 2-for-2 after entering the game late as a pinch-runner. Machado went 2-for-6 with three RBIs, Miguel Cabrera and McCann each went 2-for-6 with two RBIs and Castellanos went 2-for-6 with one RBI.
New Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire wasted no time endearing himself to Tigers fans, sharing a couple words with Randazzo after the controversial review and kicking dirt all over home plate, leading to his ejection.
Both teams scored four runs in the ninth inning, adding to the unpredictable nature of a game that seesawed in favor between the Tigers and Pirates.
Both teams only had one bullpen arm left when the game ended.
The Tigers' steak of nine-straight Opening Day victories was snapped.
The teams will meet again on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. The Tigers' Michael Fulmer starts opposite Trevor Williams.
Bottom 13th: Tigers lose, 13-10
Castellanos flew out to center. Jones singled to center. McCann singled to left, moving Jones to second. Mahtook struck out swinging for the second out. Iglesias struck out swinging to end the game, 13-10 Pirates.
Top 13th: Pirates take 13-10 lead
Moran popped out for the first out. Mercer grounded out to short. Frazier singled to left. Harrison singled to left, moving Frazier to second. Polanco hit a three-run home run to right, 13-10 Pirates. Bell grounded out to first for the third out, 13-10 Pirates.
Bottom 12th: Brault retires Tigers side
Martin struck out swinging. Candelario ground out to the pitcher for the second out. Cabrera grounded out to short to end the inning, still tied 10-10.
Top 12th: Wilson dealing, 10-10
Bell grounded out to second for the first out. Dickerson flew out to center. Marte hit a single to left field. Cervelli flew out to right to end the inning, still tied 10-10.
Bottom 11th: Tigers offense stalls, 10-10
Brault came in for the Pirates. McCann walked. Mahtook flew out to left. Iglesias flew out to center. Machado lined out to short, still tied 10-10.
Top 11th: Wilson looking sharp, 10-10
Mercer flew out to left for the first out. Frazier flew out to right. Harrison hit a single to left. Polanco stuck out swinging to end the inning.
Bottom 10th: Review sends game to 11th
Candelario walked. Cabrera lined out to short for the first out. Castellanos grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out. Castellanos then reached second on a wild pitch. Jones hit a single to shallow left, and after a lengthy review, Castellanos was called out at the plate, ending the inning. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire kicked dirt on the plate and was ejected, still 10-10.
Top 10th: McCann throws out runner
Marte walked. Wilson started warming up in the bullpen. Cervelli flew out to right for the first out. Wilson replaced Jimenez on the mound for the Tigers. Marte was caught stealing for the second out, clearing the bases. Moran popped out to shallow left to end the inning. Still 10-10.
Bottom 9th: Tigers roar back, 10-10
Rivero took over on the mound for the Pirates. Cabrera flew out to right for the first out. Castellanos walked. Jones walked. McCann hit a two-run double to left-center, 10-8 Pirates. Mahtook stuck out swinging for the second out. Iglesias walked. Rivero was pulled for Smoker. Machado hit a two-RBI double to tie the game at 10. Martin flew out to left to end the inning, game tied 10-10.
Top 9th: Pirates score four, 10-6
Greene entered for the Tigers. Marte hit a triple into the corner off Castellanos's glove. Cervelli RBI-singled to right field to give the Pirates a 7-6 lead. Moran flew out to left field for the first out. Mercer hit a single to right, and Cervelli advanced to third. Cervelli then scored on a passed ball, 8-6 Pirates. Frazier struck out swinging for the second out. Greene was replaced by Jimenez. Harrison walked, advancing Mercer to second. Polanco had to jump out of the way of an 0-0 fastball and then took first on catcher's interference, loading the bases. Bell grounded to second, and Machado's flip went over the head of Cabrera at first base. The error scored two and left runners on second and third. Dickerson hit a fly ball to center, ending the inning, 10-6 Pirates.
Bottom 8th: Tiger bats fall silent
Kontos came in for the Pirates to face Machado. His first pitch was way outside and rolled all the way to the backstop. His second pitch drilled the umpire in the facemask. Umpire Tony Randazzo took over behind the plate. Machado flew out to shallow center for the first out. Martin, who had a big double in the seventh, struck out. Candelario flew out to right to end the inning, still 6-6.
Top 8th: Pirates tie game, 6-6
VerHagen took the mound for the Tigers. Frazier singled to left. Harrison walked, moving Frazier to second. VerHagen was lifted for Stumpf, who got down 3-0 to Polanco, who hit an RBI double to right. With runners on second and third, Bell hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring one runner and moving the other to third, game tied 6-6. Dickerson hit a soft line drive to the third baseman who stepped on the bag to get the double play and end the inning. 6-6
Bottom 7th: Tigers take lead, 6-4
Feliz relieved Neverauskas for the Pirates. Martin hit a double to right field. Candelario walked. Cabrera hit a two-run double to right, tie game. Castellanos hit a double to right, scoring Cabrera and giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead. Feliz was yanked in favor of Santana. Martinez ground to first but it slipped under the first baseman's glove and Castellanos scored, 6-4 Tigers. Jacoby Jones replaced Martinez as a pinch-runner. McCann lined out to center for the first out. Mahtook ground out to third base for the second out, but Jones advanced to second. Iglesias ground out to short. 6-4 Tigers.
Top 7th: Saupold enters, pitches well
Saupold relieved Zimmermann. Cervelli fouled out for the first out. Moran flew out to left for the second out. Mercer grounded out to third to end the inning. Still 4-2 Pirates.
Bottom 6th: Neverauskas relieves Nova, deals
Neverauskas took the mound for the Pirates. Mahtook flew out to right for the first out. Iglesias flew out to left. Machado flew out to center for the third out. Still 4-2 Pirates.
Top 6th: Error hurts Tigers
Polanco walked and stole second. The throw got by Iglesias, so Polanco took third base. The catcher, McCann, was charged with an error on the play. Bell hit a single to right, scoring Polanco, 4-2 Pirates. Saupold started warming up in the Tigers bullpen. Dickerson struck out, and on the same pitch Bell attempted to steal second but was thrown out by McCann, clearing the bases. Marte struck out swinging for the third out. 4-2 Pirates.
Bottom 5th: Double play dooms Tigers
Candelario walked. Cabrera hit a single to center, moving Candelario to second. Castellanos hit a single to right field, moving Candelario and Cabrera to third and second. Martinez flew out to left for the first out but not deep enough for Candelario to tag up. McCann ground into a double play, ending the inning. Still 3-2 Pirates.
Top 5th: Zimmermann gets sixth K
Mercer popped out to second. Frazier struck out looking, the sixth strikeout for Zimmermann. Harrison flew out to center for the third out. Still 3-2 Pirates.
Bottom 4th: Tigers retired quickly
Iglesias struck out swinging. Machado flew out to left for the second out. Martin hit a long fly out to center field for the third out. Still 3-2 Pirates.
Top 4th: Zimmermann gives up three
Harrison popped out to first. Polanco hit a weak single to right. Bell hit a single to right, moving Polanco to second. Dickerson hit a single to center, scoring Polanco and moving Bell to second. 2-1 Tigers. Marte grounded out to first for the second out, moving the runners to second and third. Cervelli hit a two-run double to center, 3-2 Pirates. Moran fouled out for the third out. 3-2 Pirates.
Bottom 3rd: Nova settles down
Castellanos hit a ball sharply towards third base, and it went under the third baseman's glove for an error putting Castellanos on first. Martinez flew out to left field for the first out. McCann flew out to center field for the second out. Mahtook flew out to center for the third out. Still 2-0 Tigers.
Top 3rd: Zimmermann cruising, 2-0 Tigers
Moran ground out to second for the first out. Mercer struck out swinging for the second out. Frazier struck out looking for the third out. 2-0 Tigers.
Bottom 2nd: Iglesias drives in run
Mahtook hit a double down the third baseline. Iglesias hit a double to left field, scoring Mahtook, for the first run of the Tigers' 2018 season. Machado hit a double down the third baseline, scoring Iglesias to make it 2-0 Tigers. Nova is having trouble with his location. Martin flew out to left for the first out. Candelario flew out to shallow center for the second out. Cabrera struck out looking for the third out. 2-0 Tigers.
Top 2nd: Tigers 0, Pirates 0
Dickerson flew out to center. Marte struck out swinging. Cervelli struck out swinging for the third out.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Pirates 0
Nova took the mound for the Pirates. He had a 4.14 ERA last season. Martin walked on four-straight balls. Candelario hit an infield single, moving Martin to second. Cabrera walked to load the bases. Castellanos struck out swinging for the first out. Martinez lined out to the first baseman Bell for the second out. McCann struck out for the third out.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Pirates 0
Jordan Zimmermann took the mound for Detroit. Frazier hit a double to left-center. Mahtook (right fielder) and Martin (center fielder) looked like they may have had difficulty seeing the ball. Harrison struck out swinging for the first out. Polanco fouled out for the second out. Bell popped out to third base for the third out.
Chrisette Michele sings national anthem
Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chrisette Michele sang the Star Spangled banner accompanied by a pair of A-10 Warthogs flying overhead.
Teams introduced at Comerica Park
The Pirates and Tigers were introduced starting at 12:45, lining up along the baselines.
Opening Day, take 2
The Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates will try again on Friday, one day after the scheduled Opening Day game at Comerica Park was rained out. First pitch is 1:10 p.m.
You can follow the action here with live updates throughout the game by Eric Coughlin of The Detroit News.
TIGERS VS. PIRATES
When: Friday, 1:10 p.m.
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit
TV/radio: FSD/97.1 FM
Starters: Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann vs. Pirates’ Ivan Nova