Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 5/28/12
Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't afraid to argue with an umpire, but even after an ejection, he usually calms down by the end of the game. He's the first to say that bad calls are a part of the game, and you have to overcome them and move on with the game. He and the Tigers weren't able to do that on Monday. They appeared to get distracted by an umpiring decision, and the game got away from them while they struggled to regain their focus. The Tigers were certainly victimized by a bad call in the second inning, when first-base umpire Bill Welke ruled that Gerald Laird didn't catch a two-out, 0-2 foul tip. Replays showed otherwise. Doug Fister and the Tigers didn't bounce back well. The next three batters drove in runs, putting Boston up 4-1, and Leyland and Gene Lamont were ejected after the inning. "There shouldn't have been a second-inning rally," Leyland told FOX Sports Detroit's Mickey York after the game. "There were three outs. "I've been in the game a long time, and when the catcher catches the ball on strike three, you call the guy out. It's that simple, isn't it?" Leyland then lost his temper for the second time in the day, challenging the assembled media members to report honestly on the play. "You guys need to write something and hold people accountable," he said. "We're all accountable in this business. All of us, and when I say all of us, I mean everyone involved in the game. That's what needs to happen. "There should not have been a rally in that inning. Anyone who saw that should write what you saw and say it." In the rest of the game, the teams played to a 4-4 tie, with Detroit's runs coming on homers by Delmon Young, Gerald Laird and Jhonny Peralta. So the second-inning meltdown cost them the game. Fister, who entered the game with a 1.84 ERA in his six starts, ended up allowing six runs on 11 hits in five innings. "I didn't get things done," he said. "I left a lot of balls over the plate, and they got quite a few hits." Fister, typically, wasn't going to blame Welke's call for his poor performance. "I've got to execute and do my job," Fister said. "That's part of the game. There's a human element in this game, and that's part of what we all agree to. "There's nothing to that. This was purely my execution." Laird's homer was his first at Fenway Park, but he too was more focused on the missed call after the loss. "It's a tough call, but it is a call that has to be made," he said. "That's strike three, three outs and we're out of the inning with no runs. "It was a big play in the game, and they took advantage of it. I've seen the video and I clearly caught the ball." Even Welke acknowledged that the call was missed, telling a pool reporter that "what was crystal clear on video wasn't crystal clear down the first-base line." Too late for the Tigers, though, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. They hope to get things back under control at Fenway Park on Tuesday, when Justin Verlander tries for his 21st victory after a Detroit loss since the beginning of 2011.
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