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Royals 9, Tigers 8: Invisiball home run costs Tigers


Final - 8.28.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 8 10 0
Kansas City Royals 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 X 9 15 0
WP: Aaron Crow (3 - 1)
SV: Greg Holland (8)
LP: Brayan Villarreal (3 - 4)

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Well, I'd like to work up some righteous indignation, but I remain perplexed. Not just a game of inches, baseball is apparently a game of apparently impossible physics.

Through the magic of camera angles, the apparent go-ahead home run ball off the bat of Delmon Young in the ninth inning managed to warp time and space and wrap itself around both the foul and fair sides of the big yellow pole.


OK, so, watching it in slow motion on a crystal clear (or whatever Mario Impemba would say here) high definition, from the home plate view the ball appears to disappear on the fair side of the pole. Home run. Tigers lead, 11-9.

WAIT! Here's an outfield camera (located closer) following the baseball as it disappears behind the foul side of the ball. No home run. Back to the plate for Mr. Young.

The umpires, faced with these seemingly irreconcilable camera angles, must have decided to go with the one from the nearest camera. Which would make sense, I guess, other than the fact only moments earlier the ball appeared to be a home run.

Mind blown.

If a playoff berth comes down to one game, I will allege an invisible ball conspiracy and never watch baseball again in my life. Or until next season, anyway.

All of this masks the fact the Tigers had multiple chances to win the game, but ace Justin Verlander allowed eight runs on 12 hits without making it out of the sixth inning. Manager Jim Leyland told Fox Sports Detroit after the game it wasn't Verlander's day. (Obviously.) He pointed out that the first inning -- when Verlander gave back a 3-0 lead -- really spelled the beginning of the end. Verlander allowed another four runs of damage to be done in the second inning. (Leyland also said he agreed with the umpire's call in the ninth, for what it's worth.) Well, some balls got hit in the the places the defense wasn't, over and over and over. As Fangraphs' Dave Cameron noted on Twitter:Verlander's BABIP actually went from .257 to .270 by game's end.

Phil Coke draws some fan scorn, too, at least on Twitter (where he apparently trended in the United States) and in our game threads (I cannot reprint most of the words I saw). He did not allow the game-winning runner on the bases. But he did let the run to touch home plate under his watch. Coke has not been a pitcher you can believe in. I'll leave it at that.

Finally, we have to get back to Young here. He hit a home run -- maybe two! Then again he did go 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. So let's not laud too loudly here, either. Save those for Austin Jackson (3-for-3) and Miguel Cabrera (he lives! Plus he had two hits, though he notably didn't get the game-tying run home from third with one out in the ninth.)

Did this recap make any sense?

The game didn't, so why should the recap, I say!

The final word:


Austin Jackson - 3 hits, 2 walks

Brayan Villarreal - Very nearly was the game-saving reliever. I'm going to give a roar because I'm in charge.


Miguel Cabrera - Ankle is feeling better, apparently.

Delmon Young - He gives, he takes, he hits foul-pole colored baseballs

Jhonny Peralta - Home run, 1-for-4


Quintin Berry - 0-for-4 with two strikeouts has to be mentioned here, no?

Omar Infante - Also went 0-for-4 and if I don't mention that Berry supporters will call me biased

Justin Verlander - Teams needs a win. Chicago loses. Verlander gives up eight runs? Not cool

Phil Coke - Not nearly as cool as the Twitter version

Game 127 POG

Must have been Scherzer but i'm too lazy to look at this hour