'Well, sh*t:' Tigers lose in impossible fashion to Guardians


The Tigers took a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning Wednesday night against the Guardians and watched Andrew Chafin strike out the first three batters he faced -- and took an 8-4 deficit into the ninth.

"I’m not sure I’ve seen that before," Chafin said afterward.

No one has. At least not in recent MLB history. After a wild pitch on Chafin's third strikeout gave the Guardians an extra out, they scored six runs on six hits in maybe the most improbable loss of the Tigers' star-crossed season.

It was the first time in MLB's Expansion Era (1961) that a team scored six-plus runs in an inning after its first three batters struck out, per ESPN Stats & Info. In the process, Chafin became the second pitcher in MLB history (1901) to record three strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning or less and wind up with the loss, per MLB.com.

"It went from like, 'Yeah, alright!' to, 'Well, sh*t,'" said Chafin. "But that’s all you can do. It’s not a nice game and it’s gonna get you like that sometimes."

It wasn't just the extra out that cost Chafin and the Tigers. The Guardians also benefited from a slew of lucky hits. After Myles Straw singled up the middle, Cleveland's next four hitters reached base on balls that came off the bat with expected batting averages of .090, .280, .140, .080, three of which resulted in doubles.

"It’s one of those things where obviously I’m frustrated with the results, but how we got there it’s like, well, I did good. Well, no you didn’t," said Chafin. "But that’s baseball for you. You’re going to have days like that and you can’t really let it get to you."

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