Dean Kremer didn’t have his best stuff this afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader for the Baltimore Orioles. And the fact is that you aren’t going to have your best stuff 100% of the time. The Birds of course were rained out last night in MoTown, prompting today’s twin bill. Kremer’s line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 K.
Detroit jumped on Kremer early and often. Baez’s RBI-single in the first inning gave them a 1-0 lead. Vierling would follow later in the inning with a two-RBI single. And Detroit held a 3-0 lead after one. And for the record, Vierling feasted ln Oriole pitching today, with four RBI.
The O’s attempted to get back in the game, however. James McCann’s solo home run in the second cut the lead to 3-1. But Greene’s RBI-single in the last of the second, and Vierling’s RBI-double in the third extended the lead to 5-1.
And go figure, we heard from Vierling again in the last of the seventh, when he extended the lead to 6-1 with an RBI-double. That was his fourth RBI of the day, as I said above. He entered the game with four RBI on the season.
But the Birds tried to rally again. Jorge Mateo’s three-run homer cut the lead to 6-4. And the Birds appeared poised to make a run. Because as we know, they’re comfortable playing from behind. But that doesn’t always work out. At least today it didn’t, as the Detroit bullpen kept them off the board for the rest of the game, and Short added a solo homer in the last of the eighth to seal it for Detroit.
It begins and ends with starting pitching. Kremer, along with other starters, has been very good. Today he had some struggles. And the fact is that you aren’t always going to be able to overcome those struggles. Next game might be different – that’s part of the beauty of baseball!
The series continues later today in the second game of the doubleheader at Comerica Park. Grayson Rodriguez gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Matthew Boyd. Game time is set for just after 5 PM.