Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Loss in Motown for the Orioles, Reynolds Gets Tossed and Speaks His Mind...

Well, we as fans knew last night was going to be tough against the Tigers in Detroit. Obviously, it was.

Last night, the Orioles lost their first contest in their three-game set against the Tigers, 5-3. The game was frustrating on some many levels, as Tommy Hunter tossed a typical Tommy Hunter start and the bullpen could not hold a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning.

Then again, the Orioles have nothing to be embarrassed about. The duo of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder treated the Birds like a lapdog, as they both homered to do the damage for the Tigers. Fielder homered twice – both two-run shots in the 6th and 8th inning – and Cabrera hit one off Hunter in the first inning.

Both of Fielder’s shots were absolute bombs; however, the second homer made the difference last night off of reliever J.C. Romero, breaking a 3-3 tie. Darren O’Day (6-1) – who has been clutch on the mound all season – took the loss, as he allowed the runner on base before Fielder’s fateful homer.

Again, it sucked that Detroit’s two big-boppers killed the Orioles; however, BOTH men are likely potential Hall-of-Famers barring anything crazy happening in their careers.

Baltimore’s offense came via a Nick Markakis RBI-double in the 3rd inning and a Matt Wieters’ homer – his 17th and a two-run shot – in the fifth.

Joaquin Benoit (2-3) earned the win in relief for Detroit.

Tommy Hunter pitched well enough to perhaps win – or lose – but it was a solid start for him.

However, in my mind, last night will be remembered for Mark Reynolds’ outburst and Buck Showalter being thrown of out the game in the fifth inning after a blown call at first.

Sometimes it is the little things during a game that makes a difference.

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