Home Runs Power Detroit Tigers Over Baltimore Orioles 6-4


Home runs, as well as offense in general, has been quite an oddity for the Detroit Tigers during Spring Training. But that wasn’t the case on Thursday as the Tigers downed the Baltimore Orioles 6-4. Miguel Cabera, Yoenis Cespedes, and Victor Martinez all hit home runs in the victorious effort.

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David Price looked great, throwing 81 pitches in 6.2 innings and striking out seven.

According to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, “one bad pitch in six strong innings of work” cost Price a magnificent outing. “He left a sinker up to former Tiger Delmon Young in the fourth inning and Young hit a two-run triple to the gap in right-center and scored on a sacrifice fly,” McCosky explains.

Joe Nathan, looking atrocious as usual, gave up a game-tying home run to Jayson Nix in the eighth inning. The day was ultimately saved by Joakim Soria, whom took on closing duties and finished the game off in dominant fashion.

On to the offensive side of the situation; with Detroit trailing 3-2 in the sixth inning, Miguel Cabrera blasted a solo home run to tie things up. Cabrera, on just his fourth game back from rehab, also hit a sacrifice fly and a RBI single. Yoenis Cespedes also hit a home run, smashing a homer off Tommy Hunter in the seventh inning. Victor Martinez got in on the action as well, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the eight inning.

This victory is a very exciting one as it disproved any doubt regarding Cabrera and Martinez’s health. The offense and pitching was clicking on all cylinders, making this the most promising Spring Training game thus far.

Today’s win, coupled with yesterday’s victory, gave the Detroit Tigers something they haven’t had since March 8-9, a two-game winning streak.

They will head to Dunedin and face the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow at 1:07.

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