The Baltimore Orioles won a 4-3 nail-biter on Friday night in Detroit. Cruising with a 4-0 lead going into the 8th inning, the bullpen and the backstop made it more stressful for Orioles fans than it had to be. Tanner Scott, who relieved Paul Fry (0.2 IP, 1 K), simply didn’t have it.
Scott allowed a lead-off triple to Derek Hill and then threw a wild pitch that allowed him to score. A single, a hit batter and a walk loaded the bases and marked the end of the night for Scott. Dillon Tate came in and allowed 2 of the inherited runners to score, one on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Miguel Cabrera and the other on a ball four-wild pitch. Scott’s final line was 0.0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 BB and Tate’s was 1.0 IP, 1 BB. Cole Sulser pitched a three-up, three-down ninth with 1 strikeout to earn the save and make a winner of starter Matt Harvey.
Harvey shutout the Tigers through 6.1 innings. He gave up 6 hits and struck out 5 in winning his 6th game of the season. He left the game with a smile on his face and an approving smile from manager Brandon Hyde as it was Harvey’s third consecutive start of 6 or more shutout innings.
Pedro Severino (2 for 3, 2 Runs scored, 2 RBI, 1 BB), who failed to smother the wild pitches and in fact, couldn’t find one of them, hit homeruns in both the 3rd and the 5th innings. As the game turned out, those homeruns counteracted the miscues.
Ryan Mountcastle (1 for 4, 1 Run scored, 1 RBI) hit a 4th inning homerun as well.
Trey Mancini went 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored, crossing the plate on a Ramon Urias (1 for 4, 1 RBI) single.
2021 Record: 36-66
Next Game: Sat. July 31 @ 6:10pm