Danny Valencia scratched on Sunday, Pedro Alvarez starting for Orioles

Ruben Hill
April 30, 2018

For the second time in three games against the Tigers, the big left-handed slamming Alvarez hitter slammed two home runs, which was enough to push the Orioles to a 5-3 victory Sunday, and a series triumph, against their visitors from Detroit.

The Tigers dropped to 11-15 on the season. Pitching Probables: Francisco Liriano (2-1, 3.13 ERA) will get the nod for the Tigers and the Orioles will counter with Andrew Cashner (1-3, 3.60 ERA). Detroit traded Justin Verlander and Justin Upton en route to a last-place finish in the American League Central. Thanks to Mother Nature (again), the two teams squeezed in three games in a span of 24-ish hours on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Tigers now head towards the east coast to wrap up their six-game road swing with a three-game weekend series in Baltimore.

Baltimore's Chris Tillman (0-4, 9.87 ERA) has done far more harm than good for his club this season. He's one of the most consistent options the Tigers have. Only one of those 10 knocks was for extra bases, really limiting the damage in a start that was overall deemed to be high-leverage in a 2-1 affair.

Orioles: Andrew Cashner (1-3, 3.60 ERA) is looking to snap a two-game skid. LOL Okay, maybe not officially, but this team will not be apart of the playoff conversation this year.

Cabrera has been on fire over his last 10 games, hitting.472 with two home runs, 12 RBI and six doubles. Tillman has allowed at least four runs and seven hits in each of his first four starts this season. In this one, it was his fault and not that of the offense as they scored five runs for him.

After a delay that pushed the game's start time back to 7:30, the Tigers wasted no time getting the offense going after the poor performance in game one of the series.

Two batters later, Cashner left an 0-1 curveball over the plate to Miguel Cabrera, who took it the opposite way for a three-run homer onto the flag court in right field. In his career, he has gone 27-32 with a 2.89 ERA in 114 games (69 starts) in his home games and 7-16 with a 3.06 ERA in 44 games (27 starts) during March/ April, while against the Tigers he has gone 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts. Cashner in his five starts had collected 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings, well above his career mark in that department. He has allowed just 3 hits in 28 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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