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Former No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize dominates, Miguel Cabrera homers twice in Orioles’ 6-2 loss to Tigers

A year before the Orioles drafted Adley Rutschman first overall, the Detroit Tigers selected right-handed pitcher Casey Mize with the same pick.

As Rutschman thrives at Double-A Bowie as one of the top prospects in baseball, Mize is pitching in the majors, and he dominated the Orioles on Thursday night at Comerica Park. Mize allowed only an unearned run in seven innings, his longest start of July as the Tigers have tried to manage his innings, as Baltimore fell, 6-2.


“He got taken in the draft where he did for a reason,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “That’s what 1-1s look like.”

Hyde, though, wasn’t pleased with his team’s approach against him. The Orioles (35-66) threatened immediately when All-Star Cedric Mullins led off the game with a triple, but Austin Hays grounded to third and Mullins was caught between third and home on a Trey Mancini groundball to Mize.


“We swing at two balls in that we can’t use the middle of the field on and just kind of set the tone for the evening,” Hyde said.

Mize cruised from there, needing only 72 pitches to get through six innings as he consistently jammed Baltimore’s batters into weak groundballs.

Baltimore finally got on the board in the seventh. After Ryan McKenna and Maikel Franco singled to put runners on the corners with one out, Mize got Domingo Leyba to hit a shallow fly ball to left. McKenna initially held at third, but left fielder Akil Baddoo’s throw was far up the first-base line, and McKenna scampered home.

The Orioles added a run in the eighth without a hit in an inning featuring three walks and a wild pitch. McKenna was the only Oriole to record multiple hits. He added a diving catch in the bottom of the seventh.

Schoop there it is

A night after facing a collection of pitchers who were once in the organization, the Orioles ran into one of their former position players.

Former Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop picked up two hits against left-hander Alexander Wells in his second major league start. Wells, known for his control in his rise through the minors, walked Baddoo to open his outing then advanced him to second with a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Schoop, having a resurgent season for Detroit, then singled him home.

Schoop scored later in the inning on an Eric Haase sacrifice fly. Wells retired the next five Tigers before Schoop doubled in the third, scoring on Haase’s RBI single.

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“I got to be better early on in the game,” Wells said. “Coming off my start in Tampa, I had a long first inning there and a long first sitting here tonight, so I got to be better coming out early and having a shutdown inning in the first. I just got to be better.”


Getting Miggy with it

Future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera entered this four-game series with 495 career home runs, but only eight on the year. His performance Thursday created the possibility he reaches 500 by the end of the weekend.

Cabrera hit No. 496 off Wells in the fifth, leaving the rookie with four runs allowed in five innings. The 497th came in the seventh off Adam Plutko, who then allowed a single and run-scoring triple.

“I grew up watching him play,” Wells said. “I got a bit starstruck when he first got into the box and the crowd was cheering, but I know my job was to be locked in and attacking just like any other hitter in the box, but it’s pretty cool to face a guy like that.”


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