The Detroit Tigers dropped the ball in the second game of their series with the Colorado Rockies, losing 7-3 and evening the series at a game a piece. The game was loaded with opportunities to really bust out, but their rallies ended prematurely thanks to some real boners on the basepaths.
The Tigers stroked the ball well in the first inning but got shafted when Justin Upton was tagged out between first and second after rounding the sack too hard as Alex Presley held up. Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit a long fly to right center off Michael Fulmer to put the Rockies on top. They would strap on two more in the 3rd on a single from Gerardo Parra.
Not to be jerked around, the Tigers would come back in the fifth when they doubled their pleasure on a pair of doubles from Mahtook and Hicks to put them on the board. Things looked dire in the seventh when Castellanos was wiped out trying to get to third base after reaching second to leadoff the inning. They briefly rose to the occasion though, as Mikie Mahtook tied the game with a two run shot to left center.
However the Rockies would pull it out in the end as they stuck it to Fulmer with a pair of leadoff hits in the seventh, and pinch hitter Carlos Gonzalez would give them the lead for good on a sac-fly. Nolan Arenado would seal the deal later that inning when he smashed a ball from Warwick Saupold into the night for a three run shot to make it 7-3.
Mikie Mahtook - The scrappy center fielder continues to measure up as he finished two for four with a double and a home run.
Baserunning - once again some jerking around and lack of heads up play cost the Tigers on the basepaths and probably runs on the scoreboard.
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Home Plate umpire Mike Everitt had to leave the game in the middle of the first inning when this warmup toss from Michael Fulmer was a bit too hot for the warmup catcher to handle and he fell behind in the count two balls to one strike.