Baltimore, Maryland. – The sudden hiring of Scott Harris as head of baseball operations wasn’t the only plot of Monday night.
Tyler Alexander may have folded a line or two himself.
The Tigers 1-12 were in their prime this season and the last few Tigers ever milled. He was marked by 19-round gain in 17 runs, yielding seven home runs and 0.760 slowdowns in his last four starts.
The Orioles saw a completely different version of this veteran left-handed person.
Alexander accurately tossed his four stitches and moved his cutter and changed it to different sides of the board, taking a heavy blow in the seventh inning in the Tigers’ 11-0 game.
“I really thought you’d like to go for it,” said rookie Ryan Criddler, using the nickname Alexander. “I’ve never been a part of a no-hitter before. We’ve had one year in a no-hitter for minors but have never done singles. I was pretty nervous, to be honest.”
Kreidler made one of three sterling plays behind Alexander. In the sixth inning, he made a sliding backhand from a ball that hit the line, got up quickly and made a powerful throw across the diamond that Spencer Turkelson collected at first base.
“These are the plays you see on prominent reels if they come true,” Kreidler said. “That was definitely cool.”
Riley Greene made one in the field center earlier. Gunnar Henderson of Orioles was hit in the second half by a bullet just above his head. The ball traveled 406 feet but Green, although he made the wrong spin at first, recovered and caught the ball hitting the wall.
“Yes, a bad turn,” he said, “but I recovered.” “I didn’t realize I was this close to the wall.”
Shortstop Javier Báez grabbed a backhand for a liner hit by Ramon Urias. The ball left his racket at an exit speed of 108 mph.
“Todd was incredible,” Green said. “I was in the center so I could see where he was throwing it. It wasn’t missing. I wear a PitchCom so I knew where every pitch was going and he was right – maybe he missed a couple.”
Alexander only had five swings and missed but was keeping the Orioles’ hits balanced, as evidenced by his 14 hits called hits, and nine with a fastball.
Adley Rutschman, Ryan Mountcastle and Anthony Santander hit back and forth between the first and second innings — they’re all looking. Rutschman and Mountcastle were immobilized by the cutters and Santander earned a 3-2 Fastball.
“I had fastball for the first time in a while, and that’s a good thing,” Alexander said. “I opened up a lot of painting for my other accents.”
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He knew what was going on and had to sit for some long turns while the Tigers put crooked numbers on the scoreboard.
“I kept telling myself to dominate the next game,” he said. “I haven’t delved into it in a while.”
Unfortunately, the plot came to an abrupt end on the seventh. Mountcastle led with one broken bat to the center and Santander followed with a single one in the center.
“It’s nerve-wracking when it hits you and you don’t know if you can catch it or not,” Green said. “I jumped really well and broke really hard. But it was like, ‘Oh, man.’ I wasn’t going to pick it up.”
Alexander didn’t flinch, though. He hit Jesus Aguilar and made Henderson jump into double play 4-3, with Jonathan Scope marking Santander a showdown before Henderson was initially sent off.
“I wasn’t too upset when the ball went down,” Alexander said. “At that point, I just wanted to get through seven clean runs. I’m glad I was able to keep it together and lift the zero.”
After the inning, he engaged in a big hug with catcher Tucker Barnhart.
“I don’t shake off (the signs),” Alexander said. “He calls pitches and I roll with her and he did a great job holding me up when I walked between two guys and when I fell behind two guys.
“He had a lot of confidence in some of the pitches I was throwing.”
And speaking of plot bending, how about 11 times offence? Even if the latter two are out by defensive player Ryan McKenna.
Rookies Green, Criddler, and Turkelson were squabbling over the plate. Green was in a drought 3 for 21, Kreidler 0 for 17 and Torkelson 0 for 19. There has been no extra basestroke between them over the last five games.
Change the script.
Greene produced a pair of doubles, both left-handed pitchers and knocked out in three runs. Torkelson had two doubles, one and scored three times. Kreidler had a big rule-laden run in the fourth of five runs, hit a pitch, lonely, had a sacrificial fly and totaled three RBI.
“Everyone wants a good night out, but when our guys have a night like this en masse, it’s fun to think about what lies ahead,” said Director AJ Hinch.
Aqil Badou scored two goals and got one run (from a left-handed shooter) and Miguel Cabrera, in his first game he slipped off the injured list, was two hits, one RBI and scored a run.
Two hits tied him to Cap Anson (3081) to finish 24th on the Major League Baseball goal list.
“I think I play my best baseball when I’m just trying to help the team win and I think that goes for everyone at the club,” Cridler said. “When we just try to win and we make and everyone steps in, things will happen for you.”
The Tigers were undefeated in the Harris era.