Baltimore Orioles (23-15) vs. Detroit Tigers (19-19)
First Pitch: 7:10 EST
Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Weather: 65°F • Partly Cloudy • 10% PoP
Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket
- Ian Kinsler (2B)
- Nicholas Castellanos (3B)
- J.D. Martinez (RF)
- Victor Martinez (DH)
- Justin Upton (LF)
- Alex Avila (1B)
- Tyler Collins(CF)
- James McCann (C)
- Jose Iglesias (SS)
WP: Michael Fulmer (5-1, 2.72 ERA)
LP: Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 6.54 ERA)
S: Justin Wilson (3)
Tyler Collins has not been good for the Tigers lately. In fact, he has been downright terrible. Collins entered the game on an 0 for 30 slide, which is the type of slump that starts to eat
away at you mentally (i.e Billy Beane). That all changed with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the 2nd inning of tonight’s game when Collins went deep to tie the game at 1-1.
If that wasn’t already enough to give Collins some much needed confidence, he encored with a three-run HR in the bottom of the 5th to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead. It was a surprising yet amazing turn-of-events for Collins, who was on the verge of being sent down to the minors to work out his issues at the plate. In his next at-bat, he laced a double to left-center and the slump was officially over.
It was a fantastic night for the Tyler Collins and a huge momentum shift for the Tigers, who got seven innings from Michael Fulmer and nerve-wracking but complete 9th inning from Justin Wilson. After last night’s 13-inning marathon game, Detroit responded just the way any fan could hope for and need to carry that momentum into tomorrow’s rubber match.
Speaking of, The Tigers and Orioles finish up their three-game set tomorrow at 1:10 PM EST when Jordan Zimmerman (3-2, 6.28 ERA) takes the mound against Dylan Bundy (5-1, 2.26 ERA) at Comerica Park. Bundy has been a pleasant surprise for Baltimore in just his second full MLB season. It’s a different story for the Tigers as Zimmerman has yet to find any type of form this season.