Written by Chris Slade
After getting maybe 20 minutes of sleep last night the O's hit the field for Detroit's home opener at 1:05 p.m. Miguel Gonzalez and Anibal Sanchez took the mound in misty 40 degree weather which would lead to a brief dealy in the 4th inning.
The Orioles struck first as Chris Davis drove home to in the 2st inning on a double. The Tigers responded with a three run 2nd inning as Gonzo lost command of the strike zone, hitting two batters, allowing two RBI singles, and a third run to score on a wild pitch.
Things got real ugly in the 4th inning when the game resumed. Gonzo surrenedered a three run bomb to Rajai Davis and Torii Hunter followed him up with a solo blast of his own.
Miguel Cabrera had a big 4-for-5 day and he drove in a single in the 6th and hit a solo homer in the 7th innings. The Orioles scored a couple garbage runs on an RBI triple off the bat of Steve Clevenger in the 8th anf an RBI single from Jonathan Schoop in the 9th. Final Score: 10-4 Tigers.
Today was just a brutal game to watch Miguel Gonzalez pitch. The name of his game is usually strong command and sequencing of an average three pitch mix but today that command was erratic at best. And when that happens, his slider flattens and his middling fastball gets squared up, especially by a premier offense like the Tigers. I'd like to to hope that it was just a combination of early season rust and poor weather conditions in Detroit but no matter how you slice it, it was a bad outing for Gonzo. I'll just leave it at that.
Final Line: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 1 K, Loss
Josh Stinson took over in the bottom of the 4th and got out of the inning with no further damage. He worked the 5th and 6th, allowing an RBI single to Cabrera.
Ryan Webb worked the 7th and got two outs in the 8th. He allowed a two-run bomb in the 7th to Cabrera and overall looked pretty shaky. He's a guy that threw mid 90's in the video highlights I watched of him with the Marlins last year but has only been working in the low 90's thus far in 2014.
Tommy Hunter was brought on to get the final out in the 8th innings, a strikeout of Alex Avila.
The Orioles got off a promising start in the first. David Lough lined a single into left field and patiently awaited his chance to run on Sanchez and stole second succesfully on a 2-2 count. Adam Jones worked a walk and Chris Davis roped a double down the line that would score them both.
After the first, Sanchez was able to settle in, showing shaky command but managing his way through four without further run scoring.
Drew Smyly stymied the Orioles bats over the innings 5 through 7 and by then the game was out of reach.
Steve Lombardozzi, former Tiger for all but 15 minutes, recorded the lone multi-hit day for the Orioles, going 2-for-4 with two singles.
Chris Davis had the big two-run double in the 1st and drew a walk in the 4th but was silenced after that.
Nelson Cruz was the only other Orioles to reach base more than once as he drew a pair of walks and went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Ryan Flaherty is off to a disastrous start as he has yet to record a hit in four games and went for the hat trick in strikeouts today.
Miss Nate McLouth's arm? Neither do I. David Lough made a great play in the 3rd gunning down Austin jackson on a would be double at second base.
Adam Jones had an assist of his own in the 2nd inning when he gunned down Nick Castellanos at home trying to score on ian Kinsler's RBI single.
Key Moments In The Game
The Orioles jumping on an excellent pitcher like Anibal Sanchez early in the game. At the time, I though that boded well for the team if Gonzo could give them a quality start.
Gonzo came far from a quality start and the four runs allowed in the 4th inning put the o's in a bind which they weren't able to work out of.
Will Ryan Flaherty sit tomorrow? He's 0-for-15 with 7 strikeouts in his first 4 games. Not what we like to see.
O's starters have now pitched to a 7.20 ERA in the first four games. Also not what we like to see.
When's Manny coming back?
O's will try to even series at 1 ET tomorrow with Bud Norris and Rick Porcello on the bump.
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