David Hernandez pitched so well at New York and Boston, but today lasted just three innings at Detroit. He gave up seven hits and five runs and is now 3-4, 3.96.
Hernandez threw just 81 pitches, ending a run of six straight starts with 100 or more pitches. He had pitched to an ERA of 2.70 in his five starts before today. The Orioles are now 4-5 in Hernandez starts this year.
The Tigers win the season series, 5 wins to 3. The O's are now 12-12 vs. the AL Central and are 17-15 at Comerica Park since 2000.
Tough Endings - The Orioles are 11-24 in series finale games, including a 4-13 mark in those games on the road.
Ty Wigginton was 2 for 4 with an RBI double. Over his last 10 games he is batting .343-2-6. Nick Markakis went 0 for 3 ending his eight-game batting streak. During the streak, he was 13 for 33 (.394) with a homer and 10 RBI.
Aubrey Huff went 1 for 4 with an RBI. Over his last nine games, Huff is 12 for 36 (.333) with one homer and 9 RBI. Huff is 7 for 20 during a five-game batting streak.
Felix Pie went 1 for 4 with an RBI and is 6 for 17 with 3 RBI over his last six games. Robert Andino, who went hitless, is now 2 for 26 at bat.
The O's team ERA is 6.97 over the last seven games. The O's have allowed at least one homer in nine of the last ten games, yielding 17 total in that stretch.
Daytime Issues - Detroit improves to 24-14 in day games, second best mark in the AL. The O's fall to 11-20 in day contests.
Coming into this series, the Tigers had made 15 errors in their previous seven games, but they made just one miscue in the four-game series.
Detroit is now 34-17 at home and 7-14 vs. AL East teams.
Pitching Matchups at Toronto:
Fri, 7:22p - Jason Berken (1-9, 6.93) v. Ricky Romero (10-4, 3.53)
Sat, 1:07p - Chris Tillman (0-0, 6.75) v. Brett Cecil (5-1, 4.36)
Sun, 1:07p - Brian Matusz (1-0, 1.80) v. Roy Halladay (11-5, 2.75)