The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers had to wait one day to begin their 2018 season. The opening match on matchday one was rainy on Thursday and continued on Friday afternoon at Comerica Park, and they played a fierce play-off (PIT 13, DET 10).
The Friday's game included the Tigers. He failed to make a run although the bases were out-of-outs both in the first and fifth innings, and Pirates closer to Felipe Rivero, who a four-part ninth inning lead blows. Rivero went down three of the six clubs he faced and threw only 1
Then Detroit scored the winning goal in second base at the end of 10th place when Nicholas Castellanos advanced to a wild field at the choice of the field player. The game was all for JaCoby Jones to be the hero, and for a short time he was! Jones waved to the left and Castellanos chugged around to make the walk-off run. He slid on the plate in front of the sign and won the game.
But wait! This is the instant replay era and, of course, the bang-bang game was checked on the plate. The Tigers celebrated the first day's walk-off victory and the Pirates retreated to the clubhouse after watching the game on the scoreboard. A few minutes later, the Umpire crew removed the headsets and announced that the call had been reversed. Castellanos was excluded. For real.
Here is video of the entire game and review:
How ridiculous. Not the concept of immediate repetition, the whole "celebrating a path and negating". The whole point of repetition is to get the call right, and that's a good thing. Replay can be really stinking sometimes – for example: this game – but overall, it's good for the game. (19659002) Anyway, I do not know about you, but I have not seen a viewing angle that shows conclusive evidence that Francisco Cervelli hit the shield on Castellanos before he touched the plate. It was bang-bang. However, the replay crew at MLB Headquarters in New York may have extra reps, so I think they've seen something. Anyway, the call was tipped and the game went on. The official word:
New Tigers skipper Ron Gardenhire has earned his money after overthrowing, of course. While the Tigers returned to the field and the pirates returned to the dugout, Gardenhire gave the deal to the umpires and walked around everywhere. He was kicked out in his first game as a Tigers manager. I expect it will not be his last ejection as a Tigers manager.
Because baseball can be a real idiot, the game went on until the 11th inning … then the 12th and 13th. It was not until there were two outs in the 13th inning that another run was evaluated. Three runs were actually scored when Gregory Polanco raided a 3-0 fastball for a three-run homerun. Unlike the ninth inning, the Pirates were able to defend this lead for victory despite the tigers bringing the tie to the plate.
Here's this crazy back and forth game in terms of winning odds. In summary, this chart shows each team's chances of winning the game at any point based on the score, outs, base runners, etc.