Seventh-inning stretch: Orioles 3, Tigers 2

October 2, 2014 - photo frame

BALTIMORE — Max Scherzer put a Detroit Tigers in an early hole Thursday night. Now he’s single-handedly digging them out of it.

Scherzer has late 12 of his final 13 batters to keep Detroit within distinguished stretch of a Baltimore Orioles, who will take a 3-2 lead over a Tigers into a seventh inning in Game 1 of a AL Division Series.

Nelson Cruz gave a Orioles a 2-0 lead in a initial inning when he launched a first-pitch fastball from Scherzer into a seats in center. Of a 15 career home runs Cruz has strike in a postseason, 7 have come opposite a Tigers.

The Tigers answered a following inning when Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez strike back-to-back home runs off Chris Tillman, who exited after 5 innings of two-run ball. Tillman singular a Tigers to 4 hits and struck out six.

Nick Markakis’ tiebreaking bloop single  in a second now stands as a intensity game-winning hit.

Fifth inning: Make that 10 true late by Scherzer, who perceived a bit of assistance from Nick Castellanos after he flashed a leather during third bottom to finish a inning. The Tigers, meanwhile, squandered a outrageous possibility in a tip of a support when Torii Hunter grounded into a fielder’s choice to strand a bases. Ian Kinsler installed a bags when he drew a 10-pitch travel from Tillman. He’s now accounted for 30 of Tillman’s 105 pitches. Orioles 3, Tigers 2

Fourth inning: Another clever inning for Scherzer, who has finished a required adjustments and staid into a slit after a severe integrate innings. Scherzer has late 7 true after giving adult a RBI singular to Markakis. His representation count sits during a reasonable 59. It’ll be engaging to see how he looks in a fifth a third time by a sequence with a tip of a lineup due up. Orioles 3, Tigers 2

Third inning: The Tigers go down in sequence in a third. Ian Kinsler pieced together a 14-pitch at-bat, that has helped comment for Tillman’s high representation count (63 by 3 innings). Torii Hunter, on a other hand, has seen 4 pitches in his initial dual at-bats. The dual home runs in a second inning comment for a Tigers’ usually dual baserunners by a initial 3 innings. Orioles 3, Tigers 2

Second inning: Detroit battled behind to tie a diversion usually to see Max Scherzer give adult another run in a second when Nick Markakis’ bloop singular scored Ryan Flaherty. Scherzer has looked prosaic by dual innings. He’s given adult 4 hits to his initial 10 batters, he’s strike a beat and he’s walked one. Rough start for a reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. Orioles 3, Tigers 2

Side note: Victor Martinez non-stop adult a second with a leadoff homer, a sixth of his postseason career, and J.D. Martinez followed with a solo shot to tie a diversion during 2-all. The Tigers have sent 8 batters to a image by dual innings, and 5 have struck out while dual have homered. This is gonna be a uncanny game.

First inning: The Tigers knew they had to keep a Orioles in a yard. Easier pronounced than done. Nelson Cruz lived adult to his purpose as a Tigers postseason torpedo when he launched a first-pitch fastball from Max Scherzer into a seats in right core to give a Orioles an early 2-0 lead. Orioles 2, Tigers 1

Side note: Tillman doesn’t hoard a approval like Scherzer, though he only showed because he’s deliberate one of a tip pitchers in a AL East. Making his postseason debut, Tillman threw 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes and only late a side in sequence in winning fashion. Tillman had struck out a side but permitting a strike only once in 34 starts this season, according to ESPN Stats Info. He only pulled it off in a initial inning of his initial playoff start.

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