Spring Training Game 4: Orioles at Tigers

It’s a battle of aces, as the O’s have Kevin Millwood starting against Justin Verlander.

The Good:

* Ty Wigginton had two hits, including a home run off off Verlander.

* Matt Albers did a fine job in relief, pitching 2.1 innings and giving up just a single.

* Cla Meredith also had a perfect inning, including a K.

* Rhyne Hughes hit another home run, in his only at bat of the game. That makes a team-leading three for the Spring, though I don’t think any number will get him a spot on the team.

The Bad:

* Millwood’s Orioles career didn’t get off to the best start, with Clete Thomas taking him deep. Then things got better, but only relatively speaking. He ended up getting just two outs, while giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and a walk.

* Not a great appearance for Brandon Erbe either, as he gave up three runs (including a homer).

The O’s went down early and didn’t have time to catch up, losing 9-4 to Detroit. The Birds drop to 1-3 for the Spring. Good strategy guys; best to get the losses out of the way now.