Detroit Tigers on wrong side of bizarre play, lose at Twins, 5-4

Detroit Tigers on wrong side of bizarre play, lose at Twins, 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS — Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch has never seen anything like this before.

“That was an ugly ending,” Hinch said.

A line-drive single from Miguel Sano clipped Robbie Grossman’s glove and rolled to the right-field wall with two runners on base and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the Tigers aimed to protect a one-run advantage. 

“Just out of my reach,” Grossman said. “Got the ball back in and obviously we saw what happened.”

The Tigers found a new way to get walked off, with a series of defensive miscues and a game-changing error. They lost Tuesday’s three-game series opener, 5-4, to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

Tigers catcher Eric Haase reacts to his throwing error allowing the winning runs to score in the ninth inning of the Tigers' 5-4 loss on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Minneapolis.

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Both runners got late starts as the relay throw — from Grossman to second baseman Jonathan Schoop — went to catcher Eric Haase near home plate. When Haase got the ball, Trevor Larnach and Gio Urshela seemed destined to both occupy third base. As Haase ran toward third, he decided to throw the ball to third baseman Jeimer Candelario, occupying the base, but the ball sailed over Candelario’s outstretched glove and into left field.

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