DETROIT -- Yes, the umpires blew a call in the 11th inning of Detroit's 3-2 loss to Texas on Sunday.
No one disputes that, including the umpires.
That said, it probably didn't cost the Tigers the game.
With the score tied after 10 innings, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was forced to use Thad Weber in relief. Weber was making his major-league debut and facing baseball's best offense. Texas immediately loaded the bases on a walk and two singles, bringing Alberto Gonzalez to the plate.
On the first pitch, Gonzalez bunted the ball toward the mound for a suicide squeeze. With no chance to get the runner at the plate, Weber turned to throw to first, but Miguel Cabrera had charged the bunt and couldn't get back to the bag in time.
That put Texas ahead 3-2, and they still had the bases loaded with no one out, but there was a problem.
Several Tigers, including Leyland, had seen the bunt hit Gonzalez's knee before bouncing off the dirt and into fair territory. Since Gonzalez was still in ...