Key moments from the Orioles' series-clinching win over the Tigers

October 05, 2014|By Peter Schmuck | The Baltimore Sun

Pregame introductions: As the Orioles are introduced before Game 3, former Tigers outfielder Delmon Young does not get a friendly reception. And it's difficult to tell whether Tigers fans are booing Nelson Cruz because it sounds the same as when Orioles fans cheer him.

National anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner is performed nicely by local a capella group, Vision Male Vocal Ensemble. Orioles fans make their presence known at the appropriate moment.

Pregame ceremony: Former Detroit infielder Placido Polanco throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and the Tigers run a cool video tribute to the great stars of their storied history.

Gametime temperature: 53 degrees.

First pitch: Right on time. David Price delivers a 91 mph fastball, and Nick Markakis fouls it into the left-field stands.

First Orioles base runner: Steve Pearce draws a five-pitch walk with one out in the first inning.

First anti-Orioles chant: Apparently, Tigers fans were booing Nelson Cruz during introductions, and they up the ante by chanting "Ster-oids, Ster-oids" during his first at-bat.

First Tigers base runner: Torii Hunter draws a five-pitch walk with one out in the first inning.

First replay challenge: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus challenges the final out of the third inning after shortstop Andrew Romine attempts to bunt for an RBI single and reaches first base at almost exactly the same time as the glove shovel from Jonathan Schoop. The call is upheld. It's the first manager's challenge of the series, though Markakis' home run in Game 2 was reviewed by the umpiring crew.

Great escape: J.J. Hardy fields a two-out bouncer by Miguel Cabrera and bounces the throw to second base past Schoop to put runners at second and third in the third inning, but Bud Norris gets Victor Martinez to pop up to center field to maintain a scoreless tie.

Injury update: Tigers catcher Alex Avila has to be removed from the game after taking a foul ball off his mask in the sixth inning. He's replaced by Bryan Holaday.

First big swing: Nelson Cruz hits a fly ball down the right-field line that barely clears the 330 foot sign for a two-run homer to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead. It's his second home run of the series and his 16th career postseason homer, tying him with Carlos Beltran for ninth on the all-time list.

Norris' big night: Bud Norris leaves the game with one out and a runner on in the seventh inning after throwing exactly 100 pitches and giving up just two hits. Left-hander Andrew Miller comes on to get the next five outs.

Price's not quite right: Despite throwing eight innings and only giving up two runs and five hits, Price leaves the game after 112 pitches.

The last word: Zach Britton makes everyone sit on the edge of their seats for the final inning after he gives up back-to-back doubles to Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez. But he escapes the jam with a double play after Buck Showalter orders an intentional walk that puts the winning run on first base.

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