Originally Posted by clarinetplayer
Last night's Tigers v Orioles game was out of a movie script. Going into the 9th, Baltimore led 1-0. Throughout the game, there was outstanding pitching on both sides. Then, in the 9th, the Tigers miracle happened: a stolen base, a walk, and two back to back HRs. The perfect ending.
It is only mid May, but it seems as if the Tigers have had more stolen bases than in the past ten years. I expect to see an attempt every game, now.
Verlander on the mound, today, going for the sweep.
As Leyland said on Saturday, "What's there to complain about?"
The game sucked balls. (mostly because I am an O's fan)
O's situational hitting has been shit all year; last night was no exception. 7 men left on base, including several legit scoring opportunities with guys on 2B with less than 2 outs. O's 0-7 with RISP last night. Abysmal.
Situational pitching was also dumb. Baltimore homers are all lamenting the overturned SB call in the 9th, but the runner should not have even been on. Hunter is grooving 96mph fastballs low and away and they have a ridiculous shift going. Predictably, a pussycat grounder hit as weakly as you can hit a ball falls to a completely empty left side of the infield. Showalter loves the shift; I think I read he uses it more than most other managers. I don't have a problem with it, but you do have to pitch to it. Maybe it was the catcher's fault, poor guy is a career minor leaguer who got his first MLB hit last night. He did have himself a game though, throwing out 3 runners, and 4 until review overturned the last one. That "hit" rattled Hunter; had him nibbling the rest of the game.
We'd better not see any more of him in the 9th. He's been absolutely lousy. 2 blown saves in 2 days is one thing, and I guess everyone's on the bandwagon now, but he has not had a clean inning all year. Not one. 16 appearances, zero 3-up 3-down innings. Zero. His WHIP is 1.87. I actually sort of like the guy, and I think he could have closer stuff at some point, but that point is not now. Even his outs are drilled - the second out in the 9th last night, when theoretically we still had a chance, was absolutely ripped, just right at Adam Jones.
I don't like the O's chances today either. Kevin Gausman needs a cutter, unless he can learn to spot his fastball perfectly and really owns his breaking pitches. His ball is just so flat, even though it's hard. (this is kind of Hunter's problem too.)
UGH I can't believe I watched that whole game. I spent the whole night thinking "Fuck you guys better capitalize on one of these RISP opportunities because Hunter can't hold a one-run lead, please don't turn this over to Hunter with a one-run lead." Then I was thinking (when Joseph threw out another runner in the 7th) "That's huge, as long as Hunter doesn't give up a few hits he won't have to face Cabrera, please don't let Hunter face Cabrera." Then along comes the ninth, and fuck, it is a one run lead, and fuck, he does have to face Cabrera, and fuck, fuck fuck fuck fuck.
If it was like a movie, it was like a highly predictable slasher film where they keep some little fucking hot tart whore alive til the last scene when you know that Jason is just going to do filthy things to her.