The Detroit Tigers faced the Houston Astros today in the opening game of Spring Training in Lakeland, and boy, were there doings.
Things were going along as expected in a ST game: Verlander pitched two whole solid innings, Norichika Aoki was starting with a new team, and Nick Castellanos was out due to “flu-like symptoms.”
Things got interesting in the 3rd, however, whent Edison Frias replaced Brad Peacock for the Astros.
Frias walked Juan Perez (!); then, Andrew Romine hit a homer. Wooooo!!!!! First of the season! Yes!!!
Next Ian Kinsler came to the plate. He hit a home run! Woooo!!!!!
After a short break for a coaching visit to the mound, it was V-Mart’s turn to bat. He hit a home run!!!!! WOOOOOO!!!!! Back-to-back-to-back!!!!! Yeeeeeessss!!!!!!
The crowd was joyous as Miggy the Mighty strode to the plate. The Maestro of Mash settled in to take his turn…and got hit by a pitch!
Retaliation in Spring Training???!!!! What???!!!! You gotta be kidding me!
Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt immediately ejected Frias from the game, but the Tigers announcers were quick to note that anyone who’d been watching would know Frias had no control on his pitches. The HBP was not intentional — Frias was just having a terrible, no good, horrible, bad day.
Still and all, it’s the first ejection of the season. 2017, y’all!!!!