Orioles Use Big Inning To Take Game 1 12-3
The Baltimore Orioles used an eight run eighth inning to blow open a close game and win Game 1 of the American League Division Series over the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Thursday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Baltimore took the early lead with a Nelson Cruz two run home run in the bottom of the first to go up 2-0. Detroit then tied the game in the second on back to back solo shots from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez. The Orioles added a J.J. Hardy home run in the seventh but then Miguel Cabrera answered back with a home run of his own in the top of the eighth to close the gap to 4-3. That is when the flood gates opened as Baltimore sent 12 batters to the plate and the scoring was capped by Alejandro De Aza RBI double, his second hit of the inning. The 12 runs set a Baltimore postseason record for runs scored in a game. Chris Tillman (1-0) pitched five innings for the win only giving up four hits and striking out six while Max Scherzer (0-1) pitched 7.1 innings giving seven hits and also striking out six in the loss. The two teams have a quick turnaround as Game Two will be Friday afternoon at noon. Justin Verlander will start for the Tigers and Wei-Yin Chen takes the hill for Baltimore. Pregame coverage beginning at 11:40AM on Lansing's Big Talker 1240 WJIM.