Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson had a tough game against the Kansas City Royals and raised eyebrows when he cursed at home plate umpires Monday night.
Torkelson went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the Tigers won the game 6-4. But Torkelson appeared to have trouble with umpire Will Little’s strike zone in the bottom of the seventh inning. Trailing by one run, Torkelson was called out for strikes thanks to a trade by Royals pitcher Taylor Clarke.
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The broadcast strike zone seemed to suggest that the 90 mph pitch touched the lower right corner of the batter’s box.
«Oh my God,» Torkelson was heard saying. «The crap you’re looking at?»
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Torkelson returned to the dugout in disbelief and was not ejected despite refs seemingly being quick to eject anyone who raised their voices to them this season.
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Detroit selected Torkelson with the first pick of the 2020 draft. He made his major league debut in 2022 and was the starting first baseman to start 2023.
In 70 games, Torkelson is hitting .231 with a .700 OPS and eight home runs. His eight home runs match last season’s total at 110 games.
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Fortunately, Kerry Carpenter replaced Detroit in the next at-bat. He hit a three-run home run that helped lead the Tigers to victory and sent the Royals to their 12th loss in 13 games.
Associated Press contributed to this report.