Game 5: Orioles 3, Tigers 7

The Good:

  • Derrek Lee had a nice plate appearance in the first inning, fouling off several tough pitches before taking a borderline 3-2 fastball for strike three. Hitters don’t take enough of those types of pitches, so that was nice to see. Oh, and he also took Verlander deep his next time up – a two-run bomb the opposite way over the scoreboard.

The Bad:

  • Brad Bergesen didn’t have great control of his four-seamer and didn’t have any control of his sinker, which is usually bad news for him (especially since he only got one groundball). He predominantly used the former – and actually threw it by a few people – but it wasn’t going to be a good night without some luck. Final line; 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K.
  • But Bergy didn’t get a ton of luck. A flyball into very short right-field was dropped by Brian Roberts, even though Nick Markakis was standing more or less right there and didn’t take charge – leaving Roberts to try a twisting catch that resulted in an error. Two unearned runs later (off of a double), and the O’s were toast.
  • Josh Rupe relieved Bergesen, and looked pretty good for a while (lively fastball, for example). I was a little confused, since I had said previously that Rupe was bad. Then he gave up back-to-back home runs, and all was right with the world.

The Final:

The pitching match-up was not in the Orioles favor to begin with, but their guy having an off night and their opponent being on his game spelled the end to their perfect season (and sole possession of first place, as the Jays are also 4-1 now). Hopefully they got all of the BABIP and HR/FB regression out of their system.