Despite the Baltimore Orioles five-game winning streak snapped by the Detriot Tigers Thursday night, Orioles’ Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Chris Davis complete baseball’s rare triple play.
The Baltimore Orioles triple play against the Detriot Tigers on Thursday night was one of the few bright spots in a game where starting pitcher Chris Tillman dragged the Orioles into an early 7-0 deficit in the third inning.
However, before that in the second inning of the Orioles vs. Tigers first game of a four-game series, the Orioles turned their not their first, but second triple play of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.
The Orioles triple play evolved when Tigers’ James McCann slapped Chris Tillman’s two-seam fastball down to third base as Manny Machado made a running throw to Jonathan Schoop who quickly fired the ball to first baseman Chris Davis to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
As mentioned above, the Orioles turned their first triple play this season on May 2 against the Boston Red Sox. In total, last night was the fourth triple play of the season.
Orioles starting pitcher and former All-Star continues his disastrous season by picking up his seventh loss, paired with an uncharacteristic 8.10 ERA. In Tillman’s last two starts, the 29-year-old pitcher has allowed 13 earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched.
Nonetheless, the awe-inspiring triple play wasn’t enough to shift the momentum towards a Orioles comeback as they fall to the Tigers 7-5, snapping their five-game winning streak.
With the loss and a win by the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night, the Orioles sit 3.5 games back from the final American League Wild Card spot.
The Orioles look to start a new winning streak Friday night as Kevin Gausman takes the mound against Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander.