O’s Fail To Sweep Again 6-2

W – Justin Verlander (16-8)     L – Mike Gonzalez (0-3)

– Chris Tillman had an impressive start, holding the Tigers to one run over 6.2 innings on one hit and 6 walks and 4 strikeouts. The walks weren’t impressive but the fact that he got 10 ground ball outs compared to 5 fly ball outs was. He was able to work deep into the game despite the walks and the Orioles entered the bottom of the 8th inning with a 2-1 lead, Tillman in line for the win.
– Mike Gonzalez recorded the last out of the 7th inning but proceeded to give up a single and a double to start off the 8th. David Hernandez came in and walked a pinch hitter before giving up a bases clearing double to Miguel Cabrera to give Detroit the lead for good. He got the next two batters out but was then pulled in favor of Alfredo Simon
– Simon promptly gave up a two run homer to Brandon Inge to bring us to our final score. Simon has given up 10 homeruns over 47 innings and has to be working himself out of the Orioles’ plans for next season.
– The offense scored two runs in the top of the 5th inning to take a one run lead that almost lasted. Felix Pie singled with one out, stole second base, and scored on Jake Fox’s triple. Fox would score on a wild pitch one batter later.
– Not many baserunners other than that. Brian Roberts walked and stole a base, Luke Scott walked, and Ty Wiggington, Nick Markakis, and Robert Andino each singled in the game.
– Brandon Snyder received his first start at first base and went 0-3 in his first major league at bats. I’d like to see more of him over the last three weeks of the season.

Player of the game: Chris Tillman – 6.2 IP, H, ER, 6 BB, 4 K (6.32 ERA)

Its back home tonight after our second consecutive winning road trip. Brian Matusz (8-12, 4.71) looks to continue the string of quality starts against the Blue Jays and Marc Rzepczynski (1-4, 6.47).

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