Written by Michael Williams
Unable to score in the game other than David Lough on a Chris Davis single in the first inning off Tigers starter Rick Porcello, The Orioles rallied to send ten men to the plate in the ninth inning. Alas, scoring only five runs. The tying and go ahead runs were on base when Nelson Cruz struck out on a three two pitch that could have been ball four and Chris Davis popped out to end this wild and woolly battle.
Bud Norris exited early, as have all the Orioles starters so far this season. He allowed five runs on nine hits during five innings. Norris faced six batters over the first two innings, but it was not to last.
Brian Matusz allowed two runs in the sixth, while Evan Meek and Darren O'Day tossed scoreless frames.
Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy paced the Os wth two hits. Steve Clevenger doubled in a clutch ninth inning pinch hitting role. David Lough tripled in the eighth inning. With two out. He did not score.
J.J. Hardy saved things from being even worse with an inning ending dive, snatch and throw in the third inning. There is a reason he got another gold glove the other day. Chris Davis did a nice job on a Steve Lombardozzi throw that pulled him off the bag. Nelson Cruz did not look like a gold glove right fielder, and Adam Jones is still is having a problem throwing to home, He rubbed his shoulder at one point. Matt Wieters is not throwing base runners out. A ball got past Norris and Hardy that would have made a difference if either could have gotten to it.
David Lough stole two bases today - leading off.
Chris Tillman is tomorrow's starting pitcher, trying to be the stopper against Justin Verlander in a battle of opening day starters.
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