Tigers 10, Orioles 4
Things went well today for the Tigers, but things went a little bit strangely too. The game started a tad late due to some morning showers and Anibal Sanchez (1 GS, 4 IP, 4.50 ERA, 3.87 ERA, 0.1 fWA8) stumbled his way through a two run 1st inning. After that, he settled in, but would get chased by rain just an hour and a half later to continue his string of weather impacted starts. The bats woke up in the second inning as they cashed in three runs courtesy of a Jackson double, Avila walk, Castellanos double, Davis HBP, Kinsler single, and a wild pitch. When the rain arrived in the 4th, Castellanos and Romine were on base and Rajai Davis got the game under way after the delay with a three run bomb. Hunter followed two batters later to make it 7-2. Also included in this one were a Victor Martinez stolen base, a bad call at second base that Ausmus challenged, but somehow didn’t win, a heck of a throw by Andrew Romine, and then a Cabrera bomb that doubled as his 2,000th hit. All in all, it wasn’t a typical baseball game but the Tigers won it easily thanks to a tandem effort by Sanchez and Smyly and quality hitting. They won with power and made outs on the bases, so this is basically the exact opposite of the team they were supposed to be, but you tend not to complain about such things. They’ll try to grab their second series of the year Saturday afternoon behind the talented Rick Porcello (1st starter of 2014).
The Moment: Davis homers to put this one out of reach.