Did You Know? Tigers-Orioles ALDS Game 1

Did You Know? Tigers-Orioles ALDS Game 1

The Orioles made history with their 12-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday night in Baltimore.

Here's what you should know:

• The 12 runs scored by the Orioles are the most in a single postseason game in franchise history.

  Date   Matchup/Result Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 2   BAL 12, DET 3 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   BAL 7, DET 6 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   BAL 2, DET 1 video

• The eight runs Baltimore scored in one inning (the eighth) also set a new franchise postseason record, surpassing a seven-run fourth inning in Game 1 of the 1970 AL Championship Series against the Twins, and another seven-run frame in the ninth inning of Game 2 of that series.

• The nine-run margin of victory for the Orioles tied a postseason franchise record. Baltimore beat Minnesota, 11-2, in Game 3 of the 1969 ALCS.

• The Orioles' victory is the team's first win in Game 1 of a postseason series since a 3-0 win over the Indians in the opening contest of the 1997 ALCS, also played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Baltimore went on to lose that series in six games.

• Before Thursday's loss, Detroit had won four of its last five playoff series-opening games, the only exception being the 2012 World Series, in which the Tigers were swept by the Giants. Detroit is 5-9 all time in postseason series in which it lost Game 1.

• With his two-run homer in the first inning off Tigers' starter Max Scherzer, Nelson Cruz tied Carlos Beltran for the most career postseason home runs through a player's first 35 playoff games, with 15. His 15 postseason homers are ranked 10th all time, tied with Babe Ruth. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who homered in the eighth, is tied for 12th with 14 postseason home runs.

• Cruz's career postseason slugging percentage of .700 is third all time for players with at least 100 postseason plate appearances, trailing only Babe Ruth (.744) and Lou Gehrig (.731).

• Before striking out the side in the first inning, Orioles starter Chris Tillman had struck out the side four times during the regular season, including once without allowing a baserunner.

• The back-to-back homers by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez in the second inning off Tillman marked the second time Detroit hitters hit back-to-back home runs in a postseason game. The first was in Game 5 of the 2011 ALDS against the Yankees, when Don Kelly and Delmon Young did so against Ivan Nova.

J.J. Hardy's seventh-inning solo homer off Scherzer was his first career postseason home run and second career home run off the right-hander. His first was in his first career at-bat against Scherzer on June 3, 2008.

Ian Kinsler saw 37 pitches in four plate appearances in Game 1, tying him with Bobby Abreu for fourth most in a postseason game since the statistic began being kept in 1988. Kinsler shattered the record for most pitches seen in a playoff game in four or fewer plate appearances; Manny Ramirez held that record, seeing 31 in Game 3 of the 2007 ALDS.

Kinsler averaged 9.25 pitches per plate appearance, breaking the old mark of 7.75 that was also set by Ramirez in that '07 ALDS game.

• The Tigers are the fourth team in Major League history to have a trio of Cy Young Award winners on the same playoff staff, with Scherzer, Justin Verlander and David Price. The other three teams are the Braves (Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, 1996-2002), the Yankees (Roger Clemens, David Cone and Dwight Gooden, 2000), and the Red Sox (Pedro Martinez, Bret Saberhagen and Dennis Eckersley, 1998).

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.