The Detroit Tiger’s (64-57) bats got started early scoring five runs in the first inning, but gave it right back the very next inning. The Baltimore Orioles (66-55) scored four runs in the second inning, then tied it and gained the lead in a 3-run fourth inning. The Orioles never looked back as they won the third game, and the weekend series, on a final score of 7-5.
The Tiger’s offense was paced with a 3-run homer by Jhonny Peralta and a solo-shot by Omar Infante. Right fielder Jeff Baker added a RBI double, as the heavy hitters in Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabera were relatively quiet going a combined 2-6. Cabrera had an uncharacteristic 2 strikout night.
Offensively for the Orioles, Chris Davis hit their only homerun- a solo-shot, Nick Markakis had an RBI- double, and J.J. Hardy a 2-run double- all in the 2nd. In the fourth inning, Nate McClouth added a 2-run triple and Adam Jones conributed with a RBI single. Rookie third baseman Manny Machado went 0-4.
Tiger’s starting pitcher Doug Fister (7-8, 3.67 ERA), who has been consistant as of late, gave up seven earned runs while only pitching 3.2 innings. He still managed to strikeout seven batters while walking three. Orioles’ starter Wei-Yin Chen (12-7, 3.87 ERA) was not much better as he went 5 innings while giving up 5 earned runs, recording four strikeouts and walking two. Both team’s bullpens did not give up any more runs.
The Tigers have a day off tomorrow and will then begin a 3-game series against Toronto on Tuesday at 7:05 pm ET. Max Scherzer (12-6, 4.41), who is 2nd in the MLB for strikeouts (w/ 178- teammate Justin Verlander is 1st with 180), takes the hill versus Toronto’s Ricky Romero (8-10, 5.47 ERA). The Tiger’s will try to keep pace with the White Sox as they are now a total of 2-games back in the playoff race (1 GB in the Wild Card).
*Update- The Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox. The Detroit Tigers are now back to being 1.5 GB from the Sox’s divisional lead.
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