Brad Ausmus said it well during his post game press conference. Sometimes you got “tip your cap” to the other team. Orioles Ace Chris Tillman allowed only one run on five hits while fanning five en route to a 3-1 win over the Tigers. The win snaps the Orioles 4 game losing streak while busting up the Tigers perfect record, handing them their first loss of the year.
Tillman threw 8 1/3 innings while holding down the Detroit Tigers potent running game and keeping them off the score board. Brad Ausmus noted that the bats cooled down but also said “it was more about Tillman” than some kind of slump.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 8 innings. However despite the strong performance, Verlander was a victim of poor run support and suffered his first loss of the year. Low run support is something JV has become used to as he usually is opposed by the other team #1 pitcher.
Victor Martinez got the start at 1B today and made the most of it. V-Mart went 2 for 4 and was the only Tiger to have multiple hits. Look for Martinez to start at first base a little more often this year as part of an overall effort to keep Miguel Cabrera healthy for the duration of the season.
Torii Hunter continued to swing a hot bat by blasting his third home run in three days. It accounted for the Tigers only run of the afternoon. Hunter is hitting .300 with 3 HR and 7 RBI during the last three games after starting the season 0 for 8.
The Tigers will pack up their 4-1 record and head west for a couple of inter-league match-ups against the Dodgers and Padres. They begin a two game set in Los Angeles on Tuesday.