Going into last night's series opener with the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles probably had two names circled on the Tigers line-up that they needed to keep quiet to pick up a W. Well Miguel Cabrera bombed a solo shot off of Tommy Hunter in the bottom of the first inning and his side kick Prince Fielder bombed two two run home runs, one in the sixth and one in the eighth to power the Tigers past the Orioles 5-3.
Hunter pitched well Friday night in Detroit, going six innings of four hit ball while giving up three earned runs but he continues to be plagued by the HR ball. Hunter has given up a Major League leading 29 gopher balls on the season after Cabrera's solo shot and Fielder's first two run bomb last night. Hunter threw two bad pitches the entire game and as result cost himself an opportunity to pick up his fifth win of the season.
Darren O'Day took the loss last night for the O's moving him to 6-1 on the season. This brings up another rule in MLB that needs to be revisited. O'Day went 1 2/3 innings and didn't allow a single hit. He got the Tigers to go three up three down in the seventh inning and his only base runner was yielded when he walked Miguel Cabrera. The Orioles went and got J.C. Romero out of the bullpen to face the lefty Fielder. And in his second test as the replacement for the injured Troy Patton, Romero served up a two run shot to Prince putting the Tigers ahead 5-3. Romero should be charged with the loss but nonetheless it is O'Day who is saddled with the L.
The Orioles got Romero out of the bullpen because manager Buck Showalter and first baseman Mark Reynolds were tossed from the game in the bottom of the fifth inning arguing an over turned call. Reynolds and Showalter were correct in the argument but were unceremoniously tossed for the contest.
The Orioles offense had Tigers ace Justin Verlander on the ropes throughout the game but couldn't produce the big inning to make him pay and pick up their first win ever against the Cy Young award winner. Verlander lasted just six innings, his shortest outing since July 31. The Orioles got an RBI double from Nick Markakis which plated Omar Quintanilla to get their scoring underway in the top of the third inning. The other Orioles runs came on a Matt Wieters two run home run deep right field which put the Birds ahead 3-1. After Fielder answered the next inning, the Birds picked up just one more hit, a Manny Machado lead off double in the top of the ninth inning.
The Birds will look to get back on track today in Detroit as Zach Britton returns from the Minor Leagues to try his luck against Cabrera, Fielder, and the rest of the Tigers. He will more than likely crap out sending the Birds to their third consecutive loss.
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