After Alex Wilson let a 4-2 lead slip away in the eighth, the Tigers appeared in for a heart-breaker. Nicholas Castellanos led off the bottom of the ninth and was hit by a pitch. A certain double-play ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera was botched by second baseman Yolmer Sanchez, allowing Castellanos to reach second. White Sox manager tried to bait J.D. Martinez with two pitches out of the strikezone before wisely issuing a free pass. But the Tigers’ lineup is deep with power bats. Justin Upton stepped to the dish and quickly sent everyone home in a celebratory spirit, brooms raised high.
First walk-off of the season. Thank you Justin Upton. pic.twitter.com/Wm7epkBL3w— Detroit Moments (@DetroitMoments) June 4, 2017
The three-run walkoff bomb was the Tigers’ first walkoff of the season. The victory also gave them their first four-game winning streak. After four hours and change down at Comerica Park, Upton’s blast was the only refreshment that could’ve done the trick. Still, Nicholas Castellanos did attempt to re-hydrate Upton while he was interviewed by FSD’s Mickey York.
Dan Dickerson came through with his usual quality call of Upton’s walkoff shot. Hawk Harrelson’s call was a classic in his own inimitable style.