Orioles: Still more short-term pain
Danny Baez had struck out four of the six batters he faced tonight and was ahead on the count to Clete Thomas with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when the guy hits a 430-foot line drive that just clears the fence in straightaway center to win the game.
It wasn't even that bad of a pitch, a two-seamer that was tailing toward the outside part of the plate, but the Orioles are in a supreme funk and just about everything that can go wrong is going wrong for them.
The Orioles offense scored five runs off Justin Verlander in the first inning and then remembered he is one of the best pitchers in the game. While the Orioles hitters admired his pitching acumen for the next seven innings, the Tigers were able to come right back with three in the bottom of the first off rookie Chris Tillman and chip away until they had the game in sudden death.
Tough way to lose, especially when Matt Wieters was snake-bit the entire game, leaving several runners on base in spite of three hard shots in a row off Verlander. When that kind of thing happens over and over, it's not hard to figure out how things are going to end.
Apparently, somebody up there doesn't like the Orioles.