Saturday, May 30, 2009

O's Fall To Hard Throwing Tigers

Not a full live blog today, but just some observations about the O's-Tigers game:
  • Justin Verlander throwing 98 mph effortlessly is absurd. And then he mixes in a big hook. Filthy.
  • Guthrie throws one of the best sliders I've seen from him this year to strike Dane Sardinha swinging. Then he gives up a home run to Clete Thomas, of all people. It's been an up and down season for Guts (mostly down thus far).
  • Nick Markakis has the first nice swing I've seen from him in a while, and lines a double into the left-field corner. He hasn't looked good recently - and the walks are down - but maybe he's snapping out of it a bit.
  • Matt Wieters with his first major league hit, driving a 96 mph fastball over Curtis Granderson's head in dead-center for a triple. How many catchers have had there first hit be a triple?
  • And he scores his first run as Nolan Reimold singles up the middle to cut Detroit's lead to 3-1.
  • The O's load the bases with no outs, but Adam Jones grounds into a double play (pitcher to home to first) and Markakis strikes out on three pitches.
  • Luke Scott hits a two-run homer to tie the game. That's 6 home runs in 4 days for Luuuuke.
  • Matt Wieters battles through a tough at bat - fouling off several 95-99 mph fastballs - before lining a ground-rule double into right-center field. After the 0-4 yesterday, he's showing why people were so excited for him in today's game.
  • Clete Thomas homers off of Matt Albers. Clete Thomas has a two home run game. Clete Thomas has a two home run game!
  • The O's line-up faced Verlander touching 99, Ryan Perry touching 97, Joel Zumaya touching 101, and Fernando Rodney touching 97. Ridiculous.
  • Guthrie pitched pretty well (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 10 K, but 2 HR), but Matt Albers and Jamie Walker were ineffective out of the pen.
  • The O's winning streak ends, as they fall 6-3.


zmarkus said...

This is actually the first time reading this section of the web site. NICE! Better reporting than the Sun. Really! I will read more - added this site to my favs for quicker access. Thanks. Clete Thomas? Wasn't he the catcher from Major League III?

FrostKing said...

That is really gratifying to hear - thanks.