The Tigers road trip started off quite successfully, sweep the Baltimore Orioles at home. While the pitching today wasn’t up to Justin Verlander‘s normal standards, it was enough to secure the Tigers third straight win
The Tigers struck early on young right-hander Kevin Gausman, plating two in the 3rd inning thanks to Miguel Cabrera‘s two out single. They piled on three more the following inning thanks to the textbook definition of small ball (aided by Baltimore errors). Austin Jackson was safe at 1st thanks to an errant throw by Jonathan Schoop. Jackson and Don Kelly then executed a double steal, with Jackson swiping 3rd and Kelly 2nd. Jackson then scored on Bryan Holaday‘s single. What came next was just fun to see.
Danny Worth seemingly caught everyone off guard and pulled off an awesome squeeze bunt by pushing the ball into no-man’s land between the pitcher’s mound and first. Chris Davis got there and had nobody to throw it to as Gausman hadn’t reached first yet. Worth was safe as Kelly ran home uncontested. Later in the inning, Holaday would score on a Rajai Davis sac fly.
In the bottom of the 5th, the Orioles would put five runs on the board thanks to two out walk to Manny machado. That brought up Adam Jones, who singled in David Lough. Chris Davis would then single home Machado to make the score 6-2. Nelson Cruz came to teh plate looking to put the hurt on a ball after Verlander had thrown behind him in hsi previous at-bat. He golfed a ball just over the left field fence to make it 6-5.
Luckily, that is as close as it would get. Rajai Davis drilled a home run to left in the 6th inning and that is all teh Tigers would need as teh bullpen did their job and Joe Nathan recorded 10th save.
The Tigers will now head to Boston for a three game series at Fenway Park starting Friday.