Torii's reviewed double helps jump-start big inning
Ausmus' 'butterfly effect' challenge opens floodgates to game-altering frame
DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus referred to it as "the butterfly effect."
The Tigers manager's second-inning challenge altered the course of the frame and thus, the game. What began with five runs for the Dodgers in the top of the first ended in a 14-5 Detroit victory.
Here's how the game changed: Torii Hunter led off the second inning with a liner into the right-field corner. Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig made a great throw, and second-base umpire Will Little ruled Miguel Rojas tagged Hunter before he reached the bag as he tried to stretch it to a double.
Hunter signaled for Ausmus to challenge the play, which was overturned after a review of two minutes and 37 seconds.
Hunter was awarded a double, and the Tigers went on to score five runs in the inning to tie the game.
"That's how replays change the game," Ausmus said. "One little thing changes in a game, it can change the rest of the game -- or at least in this case, the rest of the inning."
Hunter said he knew exactly how strong of an arm he was testing when he decided to run on Puig.
"He plays defense with reckless abandon, and he's got a cannon for an arm," Ausmus said of Puig. "He nearly did make the play, but thankfully, we have replay this year."
After the ruling was passed down, Puig wagged a finger at Hunter from his post in right field, and Hunter let him know that he wasn't going to challenge him again. He had the opportunity to when Nick Castellanos followed with a single, but Hunter put the brakes on at third.
Hunter eventually scored, though, when Alex Avila followed with a base hit, and the Tigers' comeback was on.
"I don't think it was a risk," Hunter said of his decision that seemed to change the complexion of the game. "I think you've got to do something to try to make a spark. We were down, 5-0, so you have to create. That's definitely not a risk at all.
"Challenge him. You've got to throw a strike. You can have the best arm in the world. You have to throw a strike. I just challenged him. That's what you have to do sometimes."
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.