First home run reversal at Comerica Park
For the second time this month, the Tigers had a home run under review. Friday’s replay, however, resulted in the first reversal in Comerica Park history, giving Miguel Cabrera a game-tying solo homer in the third inning against the Brewers.
Milwaukee starter Braden Looper retired the first two batters of the inning and had an 0-1 count on Cabrera, who pounced on a slider and launched a line drive deep to left. Second-base umpire Ron Kulpa initially ruled the ball as in play as Cabrera rounded the bases. Tigers third-base coach Gene Lamont immediately started up the argument before manager Jim Leyland came out of the dugout to ask for a conference.
Only the umpiring crew can call for a review, which third-base umpire and crew chief Dale Scott did quickly following a meeting. A couple minutes after going into the bowels of the ballpark to look at the replay, they came back out with a reversal.
The ballpark hadn’t had a review at all until June 4, when then-Tiger Jeff Larish launched a ball down the right-field line that was initially ruled foul. Replays confirmed the ruling.
“Umpires are amazing,” Leyland said after that decision. “I must have seen 10 replays before I was sure they had it right, but they did.”