If the Boston Red Sox were going to fall to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon, the majority people would have been expected it to be because they weren’t able to put runs on the board. After all, the Sox were going against one of the best hurlers in MLB in Justin Verlander.
However, the Red Sox were able to get Verlander uncomfortable with his game-plan and put up four runs on seven hits and three walks. They also ran Verlander off the mound quickly, making him throw 112 pitches in just five innings.
Manager John Farrell made a questionable decision by bringing in recently demoted Andrew Bailey to pitch in the seventh inning. Bailey lasted just 0.1 innings and allowed the tying run to score while giving up two hits.
However, with the score knotted at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning, it was a blown call that really changed the game in favor of the Tigers. Tigers left fielder Avisail Garcia hit a fly ball to right field which Daniel Nava got under and made a basket catch in front of his body. While transferring the ball from his glove to his hand, though, Nava dropped the ball. The umpire ruled it an error and said that no catch was made.
That opened the flood gates in that inning for Detroit as they went on to score three runs that led them to the 7-5 victory. There’s no way of knowing whether or not things would have been any different had that “error” not happened, but it definitely changed the feel and momentum in the game.
This isn’t the first blown call that we’ve seen in baseball this season, but it may be one of the most egregious one. The thing is that it was an incredibly difficult call for the second base umpire, Mike Dimuro, to make where he was positioned, but that really is the point. We’ve come to the point where replay needs to be a part of baseball.
It’s one thing to allow for a little bit of human error, but when it’s calling into question the integrity of games and swinging the outcomes, something needs to be done.