Saturday, January 28, 2017

Orioles Grounded As Tigers Take Series

Baltimore Orioles fans have not been acquainted with losing in recent past but
the 1972 O's seemingly have not shown up to start the season.  Losing 4 of it's first 5 home games has the Baltimore faithful scratching their heads to figure out where their beloved team has gone.  The Detroit Tigers came into Memorial Stadium without a win on the season, and everything looked like it was going to get back to normal as Baltimore caged the Tigers 7-1 in game 1.  Behind a stellar performance by Jim Palmer (1-0, 1.00 ERA, CG) the birds cruised to their first win of the season.  But normal these days is not what it used to be.  Detroit would take the next two games, outscoring the Orioles 6-2, to capture the series.  Tigers Mickey Lolich (1-1, 4.76 ERA) would strike out 8 batters in game 2 to get a complete game victory (his first) and Tom Timmermann (1-0, 0.00 ERA) would combine with Lerrin LaGrow (1 SV, 0.00 ERA) to capture game 3 with a shutout.  Mickey Stanley hit his 1st homer of the season (game 2) while Norm Cash hit his 2nd of the season in game 3.  Detroit improves to 2-2 on the season while Baltimore drops to 1-4.

Game 1:
Baltimore 7 Detroit 1
WP Jim Palmer (1-0, 9 IP, 5 H, 1.00 ERA)
LP Joe Coleman (0-1, 3.86 ERA)

Game 2:
Detroit 4  Baltimore 2
WP Mickey Lolich (1-1, 4.76 ERA, CG, 8 Ks)
LP Mike Cuellar (0-1, 4.00 ERA, CG)
HR - Mickey Stanley (1)

Game 3:
Detroit 2  Baltimore 0
WP Tom Timmermann (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7IP)
LP Pat Dobson (0-2, 8.10 ERA, 6Ks)
SV Lerrin LaGrow (1)
HR - Norm Cash (2)

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