Victory disappeared high and deep into the grandstands in right-center at Camden Yards. Chris Dickerson, the No. 8 hitter for the Baltimore Orioles, drilled the ball out of sight for a three-run homer off closer Jose Valverde and a 7-5 comeback win.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland knew it was gone the instant the ball took flight Friday night. He scratched his arm and turned away, walking down the dugout steps to the clubhouse.
He got his pitch over the plate and up, Leyland would tell FOX Sports Detroits Ryan Field minutes later.
And thats what happens when a pitcher becomes predictable and cant locate a mediocre fastball.
Valverde threw only two split-finger fastballs, and both were to leadoff hitter Nick Markakis. He hit the second one over the fence. Though, it appeared that right fielder Avisail Garcia tipped it with his glove in an attempt to make a leaping catch.
The next five batters saw nothing but fastballs each one between 91 and 93 mph and some with the same dan...