For the final time in 2021, the Orioles and Tigers met up for a series, this time from beautiful Camden Yards.
This season series is a good indication for both teams to tell where they are in terms of their rebuilds. After watching all three games in this set, the Tigers are simply ahead of the Orioles.
Unlike the first time these teams played, the Orioles were unable to finish any three of these games. Not one of these matchups was out of reach for the Orioles; however, it felt that way.
The O’s were absolutely pitiful with runners in scoring position this series, going a whopping 0-for-23. That is very, very bad. The only runs scored in this series came via the long ball and Mr. Cedric Mullins.
The bullpen once again was not on their game, allowing eight runs to score across the series. However, that actually is a slight improvement on the last few games before this series. Besides a quality game two by Matt Harvey, the starting rotation was equally as bad, allowing 15 runs against a scrappy Tigers offense.
On a positive note, Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays both extended their hitting streaks to 19 games and 10 games, respectively. Both are career highs, and Mullins’ streak is the current MLB leader.
Without further ado, let’s check out what happened in this series!
From the very beginning of this game, things were very ugly. Keegan Akin got the start in this one, and hopefully it’s his last.
Akin allowed six runs in just three innings, giving up two in the second and four in the third. Once Marcos Diplán entered in the fourth, this game was already out of reach.
Diplán showed up to be a nice surprise in his first two appearances. After this outing, he had faced 11 batters and retired all of them. It’s really no better time for a good arm to surface for this bullpen!
Anthony Santander’s eighth home run did cut a 2-0 Tigers lead in half in the second inning. This ball found a home on Eutaw Street and traveled 417 feet!
With a 6-1 lead in the fourth, Casey Mize allowed a couple more long balls to the Orioles. Santander launched his second of the day, this one going to left field. DJ Stewart then broke out of a series slump by going deep into the flag court. An inning later, the O’s scored on a throwing error, and we had a tight game at 6-4 in the Tigers’ favor.
Like we’ve seen time and time again, the bullpen blew it. Adam Plutko gave up a two-run homer in the eighth, before Alexander Wells allowed another run in the ninth.
At the end, the Tigers won 9-4. Keegan Akin took the loss and moved to 0-6.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Anthony Santander. His two home runs showed he is back to his 2020 self, and that’s something the Orioles desperately need.
If there was one game that needed to be won, it was this one. Matt Harvey continued to be dominant to start the second half. Although he allowed three runs, the offense offered no support to him at all, so it looked worse on paper.
There was no scoring until the fifth inning, when the Tigers got those three runs off Harvey. It started with Miguel Cabrera hitting home run number 499 on his career. That solo shot was followed by a two-RBI double to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
After Harvey’s exit, Dustin Knight came on in relief. In just the fourth appearance of his career, Knight gave up an RBI double and threw a run-scoring wild pitch. The deficit was now 5-0.
The only Oriole runs came in the eighth. As you may have guessed, Santander hit another home run, this one scoring Hays in the process. This, too, landed on Eutaw Street! Down 5-2 now, the Orioles fluttered out after that and dropped this game.
Matt Harvey took the loss, albeit a somewhat undeserving one due to the lack of run support. He moves to 6-11 on the year.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Anthony Santander once again. He provided a majority of the offense, tallying three of the team’s nine hits, including the two-run homer.
This game was honestly an odd one. On the score sheet, John Means tossed his worst game of the season, giving up six runs across 4.1 innings. However, that wasn’t really the case; he has had worse starts this year.
He was dealing through the first three innings, not allowing a hit through the first two. In the third he allowed two singles, but he escaped the jam.
Before Means allowed any damage, the Orioles had a 1-0 lead. On a double steal, with Santander at first and Mullins at third, Mullins got home safely, when the Tigers were busy in a run down with Santander. It was an exciting play and is Mullins’ 22nd stolen base on the year.
In the fourth, Means kind of imploded and gave up five runs. One came across via a double, and the other four were two separate two-run home runs. The first was off the bat of former Oriole, Renato Núñez. Do you think he’s hit Means in practice before?
DJ Stewart cut the deficit to three with a monster home run in the fourth. Nearly hitting Eutaw Street, it fell just short of earning a plaque. I’ll tell you what, when he’s hot, which isn’t often, he is HOT!
The Orioles really fought back in the game to try and win but fell just short. Down 6-2 in the sixth, Stewart went yard AGAIN. Another solo shot, it became a 6-3 game.
In the seventh, Richie Martin scored on a groundout and cut the deficit down to 6-4. After that, the O’s couldn’t find any more fight.
John Means took his fourth loss and moves to 5-4.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is DJ Stewart. This was a tough one, because I wanted to give it to Cedric Mullins. However, with his home run in game one in mind, Stewart has found his stride. Even in a losing effort, his two home runs gave the team a chance to come back.
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