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Tigers tie ALDS Game 4 on Jhonny Peralta homer

Oct 8, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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Detroit’s bats have finally, desperately come alive.

After leadoff singles from Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez in the bottom of the fifth inning, shortstop-turned-outfielder Jhonny Peralta slugged a Dan Straily fastball over the left field fence at Comerica Park, tying this ALDS Game 4 at 3-3. A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes climbed high atop the wall and nearly made a play on the ball, but it sailed past.

Straily was working on a no-hitter through four before Fielder’s fifth-inning single. Tigers starter Doug Fister has struggled but is still in the game as the top of the sixth gets underway in downtown Detroit.

The Tigers are down 2-1 in the best-of-five ALDS and trying to stave off elimination.

  1. rbj1 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Jeffery Maier!

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Terrible call. It was borderline on if it was going to go out or not, and could have been caught. The fan obviously reached over the fence and interfered with the ball. In the end however, the blame lies with MLB for not putting a barrier between the fence and the fans. Take out a row of seats and these problems won’t occur anymore.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Wait, what? It hit the roof area where no one was sitting. Fans weren’t within 10 feet on either side. Yes, Cespedes almost caught it, but damn. Or are you being sarcastic?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        Apologies, I was referring to Victor Martinez’ homerun which tied the game at 4.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        I realized that literally seconds after typing. How I didn’t realize that was what you were obviously talking about is beyond me. My apologies.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        Haha, no apologies necessary. It was my brain fart for not realizing the thread was about a DIFFERENT Tigers home-run to tie the ballgame. That’s what I get for rushing to the computer to complain on the internet like a super cool guy!

  3. grumpyoleman - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Wasn’t even close to borderline. You do know the yellow line is the indicator for a home run and it doesn’t have to clear the fence

  4. bender4700 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    The ball would have carried into the fence, and missed the glove. His glove was to the left of the ball. That was clear in the replay. Right call was made. Plus, it was a 2+ run margin of victory, so that’s not why Detroit won.

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