An unclean sweep.
Tigers 7, Orioles 5
If you’re reading this and didn’t have some idea that I was in Baltimore for the series, now you know. As a result, it’s 11:30pm, some 7.5 hours after this one ended, and you’re just getting your brief, New English D style recap because I spent the last seven hours in a car traveling from the park to my house. Sorry if this isn’t very clever! Justin Verlander (9 GS, 60 IP, 3.15 ERA, 3.17 FIP, 1.6 fWAR) had a mostly good game and one pretty awful inning in which he allowed five runs – three of which came on a Nelson Cruz home run. Luckily for Justin, his offense had already assaulted Kevin Gausman’s fastball to the tune of 5 runs and then 2 on the bullpen for good measure, meaning that Verlander was able to walk away from this one without much of a problem. The bullpen made it close, but they ultimately held on, earning the Tigers a three game sweep as they head to Boston with a 24-12 record on the year. That series will kick off Friday with Max Scherzer (8 GS, 53 IP, 2.04 ERA, 2.80 FIP, 1.5 fWAR) on the mound.
The Moment: Worth sort of squeezes and sort of bunts for a hit.