Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler hits a ground rule double in the sixth inning of the Tigers’ 6-2 loss Saturday in Baltimore.
BALTIMORE – Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, catcher James McCann and right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez were all in agreement following Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Orioles.
Ausmus and McCann said they thought the line on Sanchez – six earned runs on nine hits with no walks over 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts – didn’t reflect how well he pitched. Sanchez agreed that he thought he had good stuff.
But the Tigers fell behind 5-0 and went on to lose, 6-2, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
There was no doubt that Orioles right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman had pitched well. He retired the first 11 hitters, until Ian Kinsler singled on a line drive to left in the fourth inning. Gausman allowed two runs on four hits and no walks over seven innings with six strikeouts for the Orioles.
Kinsler (3-for-4) had half of the Tigers’ six hits.
Nick Castellanos hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, after the Tigers’ leading home run hitter, J.D. Martinez, left the game in the bottom of the third with a left knee contusion. X-rays were negative and Martinez is day-to-day.
“Well as soon as it happened I was in pain,” Martinez said. “Obviously, I felt that I was going to be alright. Kind of wanted to stay in. I said, ‘Let me finish the at-bat. Let me go to the outfield and see what I feels like.'”
Martinez said the pain was going away but on a ball hit to him down the rightfield line, he felt the knee when he put weight on it.
“That was when I was like, ‘Oh boy, it doesn’t feel too good right now,'” Martinez said. “It wasn’t just the pain. It felt a little bit unstable. It felt like my body was just scared to put a lot of weight on it. But they say it’s good, it’s just a contusion.”
Martinez said he’d see how he feels for today’s 1:35 start, but said he wants to play.
Ausmus said Sanchez “looked pretty good.”
“His stuff was good, he made two bad pitches, two home runs were in bad spots,” Ausmus said. “But the other runs were really driven in by jam shots.”
Sanchez gave up a leadoff single to Manny Machado and a double to Gerardo Parra, who was playing in his first game with the Orioles after being acquired in a trade Friday from the Brewers. Machado came home when Chris Davis grounded out to short and Parra scored on a single to left by Matt Wieters.
Caleb Joseph, the No. 9 hitter, drove in the next three runs. He hit an RBI single in the second and a two-out, two-run home run in the fourth.
Machado hit a two-out solo home run in the seventh give the Orioles a 6-2 lead.
“Sometimes you can go through a game, make a mistake and guys foul them off,” Ausmus said. “It just so happened the two mistakes he made got hit over the wall.”
“You take away two pitches, the one to Joseph was obviously a home run ball and the 2-0 changeup to Machado,” McCann said. “Other than that, he pitched very well.”
Sanchez was at a loss to explain why he didn’t have a better result.
“Today I feel really good, with my command, with my stuff,” he said, adding that all of his pitches were good. “I don’t know. They’re really aggressive today. They put really good swings on the ball.
“That’s what it is. Sometimes you’ve got pretty good stuff….sometimes you don’t have really good pitch and you throw a good game.”
Sanchez has a 4.77 ERA after 22 starts.
He has given up 24 home runs this season, after giving up four last season and nine in 2013. Only Phil Hughes (25) of the Twins has allowed more home runs this season.