Victor with the Victory

Victor Martinez hit his first homerun of the spring, a two run shot that gave the Tigers a 6-4 win over the Orioles. Joakim Soria pitched the last inning and retired the side in order to get the save. For the Tigers this was a good sign with the struggles of Joe Nathan this spring and the lack of a lock down closers in the bullpen.

Rajai Davis led the Tigers to their first two runs, walking in the opening frame and scoring on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Cabrera. In the third he laced a gapper into left center and legged it into a triple, scoring on a single by Miguel Cabrera. Both runs were scored against Chris Tillman, who worked five innings, retiring the last seven hitters he faced after giving up the Cabrera hit.

David Price retired the first 10 hitters he faced. He ran into trouble after that, giving up back to back singles to Dario Alvarez and Jimmy Paredes. Delmon Young ripped a ball into right centerfield and showed off his legs, racing to third to complete the triple. Nolan Reimold hit a ball deep enough into center field to score Young to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead. Price returned to his dominant pitching by retiring the last 10 hitters he faced.

The Tigers used their power to recapture the lead off reliever Tommie Hunter. First Miguel Cabrera drove a line drive that barely cleared the left field fence in the sixth inning on the first pitch thrown by Hunter to tie the game. Yoenis Cespedes powered a ball into left centerfield on the first pitch thrown by Tommy Hunter in the seventh inning to give the Tigers a one run lead.

The Orioles got an unlikely hero in the eighth when Jayson Nix sent a pitch from Joe Nathan far over the left field wall to tie the game. Nix was the first hitter faced by Nathan, who retired the next two hitters to keep the game tied.

In the bottom of the eighth Kevin Gausman came on in relief. He retired the first two hitters before giving up a single to Hernan Perez. Victor Martinez clocked an 88 mile per hour non breaking ball over the right field wall to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead. Joakin Soria retired the Orioles in order to give the Tigers the victory.

Game Notes: David Price worked two outs into the seventh inning, retiring the hitters in order except for a three hitter span when the Orioles scored their three runs…Yoenis Cespedes made two acrobatic catches to rob Christian Walker and Dario Alveraz of doubles…Kevin Gausman was used in relief because that may be his role with the Orioles in 2015 season to limit his innings. The Orioles also have a surplus of starting pitching with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching well of late. Gausman hit 100 on the radar gun pitching in relief…Chris Parmelee tried to lay down a bunt in the eighth to beat the shift. Jefry Marte was able to throw him out at first. This is the second time myworld has seen a hitter lay down a bunt on the third base side to beat the shift…The Tigers have an impressive lineup with Kinsler, Cabrera, Martinez (2), and Cespedes in the middle of the lineup to provide power. The lack of speed will limit them to a one base at a time advance and they will ground into a lot of double plays…J.D. Martinez blooped a ball into right field and watched it from home plate, perhaps losing site of the ball. Once he realized it was going to fall in fair territory he broke to first. When he came back to the dugout after being thrown out at home by Delmon Young on a Nick Castellanos single for the last out of the second inning, Brad Ausmus had a talk with him, telling him he should have been on second base if he had run out the bloop hit, which would have allowed him to score from third on the single instead of being thrown out from second base…Tommie Hunter struck out the side after giving up his second homerun of the game. He throws the ball hard but it flies to straight.

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