The Tigers were holding a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning and Tigers rookie sensation Michael Fulmer was pitching, seemingly on his way to an easy win. Then Fulmer gave up a walk and a single. Then he hit Nori Aoki to load the bases. Then, two pitches later, Fulmer hit Leonys Martin with a pitch in almost exactly the same spot to force in a run.
Clearly Fulmer was not trying to load the bases and plunk-in a run in that situation. He was just lost, it seemed. Brad Ausmus immediately came out and got him after he hit Martin, and Fulmer lost out on his chance for the W, not having completed five innings of work.
After the game Fulmer explained what was bothering him. He felt both light-headed and dizzy from the first inning on:
“I was kind of fighting a bit of lightheadedness, dizziness. Just didn’t feel well after that first inning . . . I just woke up not feeling the best . . . just a little shortness of breath trying to catch my breath”
That’s a tad scary, but we all have days that aren’t our best. Thankfully for him the bullpen picked him up, not allowing any more than that one run Fulmer allowed and the Tigers won the game.
Here’s hoping Fulmer feels better and that this was just a matter of needing to be better hydrated or something.