Sometimes, there’s not much you can say about a baseball game. Some days just end up being disasters and there’s not much else that needs to be said. Today, for the Orioles, the Thursday afternoon affair in Detroit most certainly falls into that category.
If something could have gone right for the Tigers offense on this day, it did. Alex Cobb wasn’t able to get anything going and in a game in which the Orioles offense actually produced (14 hits), there were no pitching postives to speak of. Ultimately, it was one this team will have to forget about and wipe from memory. It was that bad.
If you’re looking for more details on this one, you’ll find those below. If not, just know that the Orioles are back home tomorrow night against the Cleveland Indians. In two of the first three games, the Birds will see Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber. Buckle up!
Things got started against Cobb in the bottom of the first when the first two batters of the game reached on a pair of back-to-back singles. Cobb was able to induce a pair of outs to follow those at-bats, but a Victor Martinez two-out RBI single to left put the first run of the game up on the board to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
It didn’t take long for the Orioles to jump on top, as in the bottom of the second Chris Davis showed off the freaky power that everyone knows is hiding in his swing. He hit one off the end of the bat and it sailed over the wall in left field, putting the Orioles ahead 2-1 in the top of the second.
The excitement of the lead was legitimate but short-lived just the same. In the bottom of the second, the Tigers broke out and ultimately just shelled Cobb, batting around to take control of the game. The frame started with a throwing error from Tim Beckham (who had two questionable plays in the inning), a play followed by the Detroit lineup combining for four hits and four runs in a brutal sequence of events. Jose Iglesias tripled and Cobb continued to struggle with command, eventually giving up back-to-back singles after a mound visit to help the Tigers extend their lead to 5-2.
The Birds got one back in the top of the third off the bat of Manny Machado, one that was hit well enough that it deserves to get some love via StatCast numbers (that, and it was one of the few positives from the afternoon):
Exit velocity of 111 mph and it went 409 on the Machado home run.— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) April 19, 2018
It was just a two-run game heading into the fourth, but the flood gates swung wide open over the next two frames, giving Detroit the momentum and ultimately the edge.
In the bottom of the fourth, it was a triple from Leonys Martin and a long opposite-field home run to left-center for Jeimer Candelario to put the Tigers up 7-3. That was a rough back-to-back sequence that ultimately led to the end of Cobb’s day, but it wasn’t the end of Detroit’s destruction of Orioles pitching on the afternoon.
In the bottom of the fifth against Mike Wright Jr., the sequence looked like this:
- James McCann single
- JaCoby Jones single
- Jose Iglesias single
- Dixon Machado hit by pitch
- Leonys Martin grand slam
- Jeimer Candelario single
Six batters, six guys reaching base, five runs and one bad outing from Wright.
He’d surprisingly stay in the game and eat some innings, but it was entirely too late for the O’s to expect to win this one. Between Cobb and Wright, they tossed 6.2 innings and allowed 15 hits and 10 earned runs.
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The last few innings had some positives — Machado hitting a second home run and another RBI double and Adam Jones doubling twice — but this game ended up being finished before the Orioles grabbed some garbage time runs late.
Despite scoring eight runs and piling up 14 hits, this one was Detroit’s from the start.
With the loss, the Orioles move to 5-14 on the season. They’ll be back in Camden Yards tomorrow against the Cleveland Indians to start a four-game set.