Ausmus frustrated with replay system, Tigers lose 5-2
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn’t hide his frustration over baseball’s instant replay system.
Trailing Cincinnati 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth Tuesday night, the Tigers thought they had taken the lead when Yoenis Cespedes lined a single off starter Michael Lorenzen’s leg with the bases loaded. James McCann scored easily from third, but home-plate umpire Mike Everitt ruled that Joey Votto’s throw home beat Anthony Gose to end the inning.
The Tigers challenged, and replays seemed to indicate that Gose had barely beaten Brayan Pena’s tag, but the call was upheld after a 3:38 delay and the Reds went on to a 5-2 win.
“I definitely think that instant replay has regressed this season,” Ausmus said. “I thought for the most part, they changed calls in order to get the play right, and they did that on a regular basis.
“I’m not seeing that this year.”
In an email to the Associated Press, MLB spokesman Mike Teevan said: “After viewing all relevant angles, the Replay Official felt that he could not definitively determine that the runner touched home prior to being tagged.”
The Reds had totaled only four runs in a three-game losing streak, and didn’t get on the board until the fifth against Detroit, but Michael Lorenzen and the Reds’ bullpen made three homers stand up.
Lorenzen (2-2) allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits with three walks in six innings, only striking out one.
“He had some notable hitters in that lineup, but he made the pitches he had to make,” Price said. “I thought he used his curveball very well and managed his fastball around the zone.”
Three relievers finished, with Aroldis Chapman striking out the side in the ninth — getting James McCann to end the game on a 103-mph fastball — for his 14th save.
“There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can throw 103,” said McCann. “You really don’t get much chance to practice hitting it.”
Kyle Ryan (1-1) took his first major-league loss, giving up four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Ryan only surrendered five hits, but three were homers.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first. Gose led off with a bloop double to left, took third on Ian Kinsler’s long fly to right-center and scored when Miguel Cabrera singled through the hole vacated by Cincinnati’s shifted second baseman, Brandon Phillips.
For the second day in a row, the Reds didn’t have any early offensive success. After being shut out by Anibal Sanchez on Monday, Cincinnati only managed one hit in the first four innings against Ryan.
Frazier and Jay Bruce, though, led off the fifth with back-to-back homers. Frazier added another homer two innings later, this time a 425-foot shot that landed in the Cincinnati bullpen in center. Billy Hamilton made it 4-2 later in the seventh with a bloop single that scored Bruce.
“I just squared them up,” Frazier said. “Not to be cocky about it, but I know I can hit a ball out of any park.”
Cincinnati added a run in the ninth on a throwing error by Jose Iglesias.
Reds: RHP Jon Moscot went on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder while the team optioned OF Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Louisville. To reinforce a bullpen depleted by Moscot’s seven-pitch start Monday, they brought up two pitchers from Louisville — righties Donovan Hand and Carlos Contreras.
Tigers: DH Victor Martinez (knee) went 1 for 4 with an RBI double for Triple-A Toledo, and is now hitting .333 in three games of a rehab stint. Martinez, who underwent surgery for a torn meniscus this spring, was hitting .216 with minimal power when he went on the disabled list May 19.
The teams move to Cincinnati for the second half of their home-and-home series, with aces David Price (6-2, 2.44) for Detroit and Johnny Cueto (4-4, 2.85) for the Reds. Cueto, an oft-mentioned trade target for the Tigers, will be facing Detroit for the first time, while Price is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two career starts against Cincinnati.