It was a yard party at Ed Smith Stadium on Monday as the Baltimore Orioles surged over the Detroit Tigers 11-7, but not before the Tigers gave them a late run for their money.
There were nine total home runs in this game, that’s half of the runs scored.
Kyle Gibson was on the mound for the Orioles while Zach Logue toed the rubber for the Tigers.
Swinging Bats Early
It didn’t take long for the first run to cross the plate, or for the first ball to be crushed out of the park.
After a fly out to leadoff the game, Adkill Baddoo cruised one over the left field wall to put the Tigers up 1-0. Although, that lead only lasted for one half inning.
Austin Hayes had a warm welcome for Logue on the mound and would round the bases off the second pitch he saw.
Ryan Mountcastle would land on second after a ground rule double and James McCann reached on an infield single to score Mountcastle. After the Orioles took the lead in the first, they held the lead until the last out.
Orioles Go Back-to-Back
After the first, both teams went three-up, three-down in the second.
Baltimore’s bats got hot again in the fourth via the long ball. Adam Frazier sent a ball to deep right field to make it 3-1 Orioles.
Then, two pitches later, Franchy Cordero would launch one high in the zone to left center.
Five Straight Home Runs
The weather might have played a factor in the next few innings, but the balls were flying out of Ed Smith Stadium on Monday.
The next five runs would come via the long ball by both squads.
Hudson Haskin (fifth inning) and Ryan Kreisler (sixth inning) each homered.
Max Wagner singled for the Orioles in the bottom of the sixth and Colton Cowser would round him home with a dinger himself, making it 7-3 Baltimore.
Jacob Teter (seventh inning) and Michael Papierski (eighth inning) would follow with long balls of their own.
That rounded out the home runs of the game and the Tigers started biting back from base hits.
Tigers Start to Rally Back
Detroit gave the Orioles a good run in the eighth inning. Making it a one run ball game at once with a runner on third.
After Papierski homered in the eighth, Corey Joyce walked. Eric De La Rosa then grounded into a fielder choice but was able to make it third on an error by Cowser. Andre Lipicus doubled to score two. Ben Malgeri sent in a runner on an RBI ground out and Izaac Pacheco singled to center to score Lipcius. They inched one run closer from making this a tie ballgame, but a strikeout ended the inning.
Though the Tigers were able to rally four runs, the Orioles were able to tally five more.
Robert Neustrom led off the bottom of the ninth with a double and Daz Cameron reciprocated that to bring him in. Wagner then singled to right to score Cameron. Teter would ground into a fielder choice to score the last run of the ballgame.
The Orioles were able to hold onto this one 11-7.