In a 14-8 comeback victory over the Royals on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 45,420 at Camden Yards, it was as if the Orioles finally released some long-festering frustration on baseball's best bullpen.
The Orioles once again beat the Detroit Tigers bullpen in the eighth inning Friday afternoon at Camden Yards, when Delmon Young delivered a bases-loaded double to cap a four-run eighth and give the club a 7-6 victory.
A day after the Detroit Tigers bullpen imploded in Game 1, the same cast of relievers was again responsible for an eighth-inning meltdown that sent the Orioles on the road with a 7-6 win and a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series.
The Orioles hit two homers and then battered the Detroit Tigers bullpen for an eight-run eighth inning -- turning a one-run game into an all-out rout in a 12-3 win in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
When Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander threw a 94-mph fastball behind designated hitter Nelson Cruz in the fourth inning, it injected life into the sleepy Orioles offense. But it still wasn't enough as the Orioles lost, 7-5, in front of an announced 36,727 at Camden Yards.
The 29-year-old right-hander lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up a career-high-tying seven earned runs, a total reached just twice before in his career, the last time on Aug. 30, 2013 at Yankee Stadium.
Buck Showalter sat in the visiting team manager¿s office of Yankee Stadium before Wednesday¿s series finale and waxed about how quickly momentum can change for a team during the haul of a 162-game season.