Baltimore Orioles: O’s Pitching Slogs Way Through Third Straight Loss


Apr 4, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers short stop Andrew Romine (left) makes a throw to first to complete a double play as Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) slides into second during the sixth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Game 4: Baltimore Orioles 4, Detroit Tigers 10 F

W: Drew Smyly (1-0)

L: Miguel Gonzalez (0-1)

MVP: Miguel Cabrera – 4-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

The GOOD: Not much.  The Orioles picked up 7 hits in this game, and got two runs in the first inning and two runs in the 9th.  However, it was nowhere near enough.  The Detroit Tigers banged out 17 hits to go with their 10 runs.  The other good news, it is only one game.

The BAD: The Orioles pitching.  Only Tommy Hunter didn’t leave up a run, and he only pitched a third of an inning.  Ryan Webb left up two more runs, and Miguel Gonzalez had a very rough start.  The team continues to leave up a ton of hits, and when you repeatedly put runners on base, they will eventually score.  The Orioles got lucky in the first game when Chris Tillman worked around a number of base runners, but that won’t happen every day versus good teams. Nick Markakis was 0-5.  Ryan Flaherty was 0-4 with three more strikeouts, and at this point it is clear he looks overmatched.

What’s NEXT: The Orioles (1-3) will start Bud Norris (0-0) as the Tigers (3-0) counter with Rick Porcello (0-0).  The Tigers are the only undefeated team left in baseball. First pitch is set for 1:08 p.m., but at least the O’s will get more sleep Friday night.