Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Umpires no excuse for Detroit Tigers loss to Chicago Cubs Tuesday

If the umpires had called the base runners out rather than safe on close plays in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday, perhaps the Tigers' 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs would have turned out much differently. Both were close plays, a force at second base in which it appeared Ramon Santiago barely kept his foot on the bag, and Prince Fielder did a nice stretch at first.
But here's the bottom line: Both those throws by Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta were terrible. They were easy plays turned into nightmares. It wasn't so much the Tigers got a tough break because of missed umpire calls as Peralta's unnecessarily turned them into close plays. He makes a good throw on either play, and it's not even an issue. The Tigers would have probably won the game because they had rallied against a club carrying a 20-40 record. Instead, it was arguably their most disappointing loss of the season. Any momentum they had gained from winning three of their previous four games was gone in an instant.


Blogger section444 said...

Footnote: Prince Fielder made a good stretch, but Miguel Cabrera has 5 additional inches of height, plus longer arms. He would have been able to make this play fairly easily. I said it at the time, and I'll say it now. Prince at 1st, and Miguel at 3rd, was a bad idea. Illichs' Folly. Yes, it was his money, but THE PAYING CUSTOMERS have to endure it, and it is not fun to watch!

10:34 AM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

I was watching the game last night on the laptop on with my two fastpitch playing daughters who are now starting to watch baseball games with me to learn.

This is a really fun period right now.

But when Peralta made those two horrible plays - that contradicted everything else we were talking about during that game.

He made both throws like his back hurt. I have a feeling he's heading for the DL.

I've always supported Jhonny - but lately - maybe it's time to think about a change - or at least some competition - at short.

That was heartbreaking to say the least.

12:11 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

That was one thing JP was good at was his D, his downfall is his range. JP probably won't do that again this year. What is alarming is the continue bad play of Fielder. That was an easy ground ball that got through few innings before.

12:18 PM 

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