Orioles 12, Tigers 3
The Tigers were never in the driver’s seat of this game, but boy did they take a back seat late. Max Scherzer (1 GS, 7.1 IP, 4.91 ERA, 5.86 FIP) was shaky early, missing badly and allowing two runs in the first and a run in the second before settling down and cruising for a couple of innings. The Martinez boys struck back with bombs in the 2nd and everyone settled down for a bit. The O’s got a solo shot in the 7th and the Tigers had something brewing in the 8th with Kinsler on and Torii at the plate, when the Tigers called for steal that resulted in a line out double play. Cabrera homered a batter later and this thing looked close. Then, um, the entire team melted down in the bottom of the 8th inning as they surrendered 8 runs on bad pitching and bad defense. Let’s not even talk about it. It was awful. No need to relive it. We’ll do it again in about 15 hours. Justin Verlander (First Postseason Start) will see if he can recapture the 2013 postseason magic.
The Moment: Victor and JD go back to back in the second.
This was a horrible game, but the upside is that none of the runs carry over to tomorrow. JV has never lost in Camden Yards (7-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 8 starts) and he’s never lost in the ALDS. I’m going to hold on to that. Get a win tomorrow, get a win on Sunday, then win game 5 back in Baltimore.