Dylan Bundy's toughest major league start came at an inopportune time for the Orioles, who were grateful for his six innings Thursday but were defeated, 6-5, by the Detroit Tigers because of the career-high six runs he allowed. [Image by Dave Reginek/Getty Images] Detroit News beat writer Bob Wojnowski perhaps said it best when he put it plain and simple - J.D. Martinez is not the type of player the Tigers should let get away.
Almost all of the damage against Bundy was dealt in two swings by people named Martinez.
J.D. Martinez - Did someone order ANOTHER home run? A win by 10 runs is the same as a walkoff win in extra innings, and vice versa.
The Tigers announced they'll play a split doubleheader at home July 1 against Cleveland.
J.J. Hardy homered and drove in three runs for the Orioles. Davis sparked Baltimore's outburst with a leadoff homer. It still counted - the sixth of the year.
Over his last 11 appearances, Greene has an ERA of 0.68, allowing opponents to hit just.170, slug.234, with an OPS of.465.
Marquez (2-2) gave up one run on four hits and a walk to win his second straight start. He hit his second homer of the game off Francisco Rodriguez (1-5) after Mark Trumbo led off the 13th inning with his fourth hit, a double. Hopefully he'll be OK soon. He blasted a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the seventh that took the Tigers from 7-4 down to 8-7 up.
The Tigers still had runners on first and second and one out.
It took only four games for the offense to realize how much it missed Martinez. Most times you score five runs, you should win. The 11-time All-Star is batting just.248 this season with four home runs and 15 RBIs. Today wasn't his day. Orioles manager Buck Showalter hinted that the club would add another reliever prior to Wednesday's game. This was not one of those games. Like I said, I'd thrown one in the past, but this was the first game this year I've thrown it in. It snapped a string of three consecutive starts in which he got a no-decision despite allowing a total of five runs in 18 innings in those games.
Even though the Tigers do feature a lot of offensive talent, the lineup still isn't almost as formidable without Cabrera serving as an anchor in the middle. MLB Rumors indicates that the slugging soon free-agent-to-be told reporters on Wednesday that he'd love to remain in Detroit, but it's "highly doubtful" that there'll be any contract negotiations during the season. The Tigers rallied from a 7-0 deficit early and an 11-8 deficit in the 12th inning. That's more depressing than I expected. Baltimore's Wade Miley permitted four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
Avila, who had a pinch-hit double in the 11th, singled home the tying run.
All of that angst aside, the Orioles, at this moment, still have a.590 winning percentage, which would end up getting them to 95 or 96 wins at season's end - an easy win of the division in most years. It was a seven-game span that required them to add pitching before three games with seven pitching transactions overall, and was an emotionally taxing week when an already taxed bullpen grew even wearier in the absence of closer Zach Britton.