Game 4 Wrap: Tigers 9, Orioles 5
Follow along here as veterans Kevin Millwood and Justin Verlander each make their respective Grapefruit League debuts…
Update 1:11: Justin Verlander sat down the Orioles in order in the top of the first.
Updated 1:27: Millwood doesn’t
look so hot. A blast (from leadoff man Clete Thomas, a single, a bloop hit and a double and the Tigers
are up a trio of runs. Alex Avila kept it going with a sacrifice fly and Scott Sizemore had a two-out RBI single, and Ramon Santiago drew a full-count walk. Thomas just singled to bring Millwood’s pitch count to 30, 17 for strikes. And Trembley is out on the mound. What a debut. 6-0 Tigers with Matt Albers in.
Updated 1:45: Wiggy homered off Verlander to open the second. Brandon Snyder had a one-out walk but Jeff Salazar struck out and Michel Hernandez grounded out to end the frame, 6-1.
Updated 2:00:Nolan Reimold just grounded into a double play to end the top of the third inning. He grounded out to shortstop in his first at-bat, so that should be it for him. Albers is on again to start the bottom of the frame.
Updated 3:00: Just talked to Millwood about his outing, which you can read here. While I was way there was some nice pitching by the relievers. Albers tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames and was following by a scoreless inning each from Dennis Sarfate and Cla Meredith. Also, Wigginton is 2-for-3 on the day so far, picking up an RBI with the solo homer.
Updated 3:37: Brandon Erbe struggled, giving up three earned runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-1 Tigers. A couple scoreless innings after that and we’re in the bottom of the 8th.
Showcasing the power I wrote about yesterday, Rhyne Hughes homered on a fly ball to left field to score a pair of runs. The Orioles put up another two runs but fell short of a full-fledged rally, losing 9-5.