Baltimore, Md. — The somewhat surprising hiring of Scott Harris as president of baseball operations wasn’t the one plot twist Monday night time.
Tyler Alexander may’ve bent a plot line or two himself.
The Tigers had been 1-12 in his begins this season and his previous couple of had been an absolute grind. He’d been tagged for 19 earned runs in 17 innings, yielding seven house runs and a .760 slugging proportion in his final 4 begins.
The Orioles noticed a very other model of this veteran left-hander.
Throwing his four-seamer with precision and shifting his cutter and changeup to other aspects of the plate, Alexander took a no-hitter into the 7th inning within the Tigers’ 11-0 romp.
“I really thought Todd was going to to it,” rookie Ryan Kreidler stated, the usage of Alexander’s nickname. “I’ve never been part of a no-hitter before. We had a combined no-hitter one year in the minors but never a solo no-hitter. I was pretty nervous, to be honest.”
Kreidler made one in all 3 sterling performs in the back of Alexander. In the 6th inning, he made a sliding backhand stab of a ball hit down the road, were given up rapid and made a sturdy throw around the diamond that Spencer Torkelson scooped up to start with base.
“Those are the plays you see on the highlight reels if it does come true,” Kreidler stated. “That was a cool one, for sure.”
Riley Greene made one in middle box previous. Orioles’ Gunnar Henderson in the second one inning hit a bullet without delay over his. The ball traveled 406 toes however Greene, regardless that he spun the fallacious approach to start with, recovered and stuck the ball as he used to be banging into the wall.
“Yeah, bad turn, but I recovered,” he stated. “I didn’t realize I was that close to the wall.”
Shortstop Javier Báez made a swiping backhand catch of a liner hit through Ramon Urias. The ball left his bat with an go out speed of 108 mph.
“Todd was incredible,” Greene stated. “I was in center so I could see where he was throwing it. He wasn’t missing. I wear the PitchCom so I knew where every pitch was going and he was right on — maybe he missed a couple.”
Alexander handiest were given 5 swings and misses however he used to be maintaining the Orioles’ hitters off-balance, as evidenced through 14 known as moves, 9 with his fastball.
He struck out Adley Rutschman, Ryan Mountcastle and Anthony Santander in succession between the primary and 2d innings — all having a look. Rutschman and Mountcastle had been frozen through cutters and Santander took a 3-2 fastball.
“I had fastball command for the first time in a while, which is good,” Alexander stated. “It opened up a lot of the plate for my other pitches.”
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He knew what used to be happening and he had to sit down via some lengthy innings whilst the Tigers had been hanging up crooked numbers at the scoreboard.
“I just kept telling myself to dominate the next inning,” he stated. “I hadn’t gone deep in a while.”
Alas, the intrigue got here to an abrupt finish within the 7th. Mountcastle led off with a broken-bat unmarried to middle and Santander adopted with every other unmarried to middle.
“It’s nerve-wracking when the hit is hit at you and you don’t know if you can catch it or not,” Greene stated. “I got a good jump and I broke hard. But it was like, ‘Aw man.” I wasn’t going to catch it.”
Alexander didn’t flinch, though. He struck out Jesus Aguilar and got Henderson to bounce into a 4-3 double-play, with Jonathan Scoop making a heads-up tag on Santander before throwing Henderson out at first.
“I wasn’t too disillusioned when the ball landed,” Alexander said. “At that time, I simply sought after to get via seven innings blank. I’m happy I used to be ready to stay it in combination and submit the 0.”
After the inning he shared a big hug with catcher Tucker Barnhart.
“I do not shake (off indicators),” Alexander said. “He calls the pitches and I roll with it and he did a nice task of sticking with me once I walked a couple of dudes and once I fell in the back of a couple of dudes.
“He had a lot of faith in some of the pitches I was throwing.”
And, talking of plot bending, how about 11 runs from the offense? Even if the final two got here off outfielder Ryan McKenna.
Rookies Greene, Kreidler and Torkelson have all been scuffling on the plate. Greene used to be in a 3-for-21 drought, Kreidler 0-for-17 and Torkelson 0-for-19. There wasn’t an extra-base hit amongst them during the last 5 video games.
Greene produced a pair of doubles, each off left-handed pitchers and knocked in 3 runs. Torkelson had two doubles, a unmarried and scored thrice. Kreidler had a giant bases-loaded stroll in a five-run fourth inning, used to be hit through a pitch, singled, had a sacrifice fly and totaled a career-high 3 RBI.
“Everybody wants to have a good night, but when our young guys have a night like that collectively, it’s fun to think about what’s ahead,” supervisor AJ Hinch stated.
Akil Baddoo scored two times and had a two-run unmarried (off a left-handed pitcher) and Miguel Cabrera, in his first recreation back down the injured listing, had two hits, an RBI and scored a run.
The two hits tied him with Cap Anson (3,081) for twenty fourth position on Major League Baseball’s all-time hit listing.
“I think I play my best baseball when I’m just trying to help the team win and I think that goes for everybody in the clubhouse,” Kreidler stated. “When we’re just trying to win and we’re manufacturing runs and everybody is chipping in, things are going to happen for you.”
The Tigers are unbeaten within the Harris generation.