Orioles Win a Wild One
If you love offense then you loved watching the Orioles game today. Pitching was not at a premium as the Orioles out slug the Texas Rangers and hold on late as they take the first game of the series 10-9 to move to 5-2 on the year.
The Orioles only scored in three innings today but when they did score-boy did they score. They started of fast as the jump out early putting 2 runs up in the first. The offense showed resilience today as they quickly jumped back into the lead in the 4th inning by scoring 5 runs the inning after the Rangers grabbed the lead for the first and only time in the game.
The offense continued in the 5th as they scored their final 3 runs of the contest capped by Wigginton’s RBI single to left, his second RBI of the game. Pie led off the inning with a deep bomb to left, his first of what will hopefully be many homeruns in an Orioles uniform.
Things got exciting in the 6th again as the Rangers continued to battle back. After Uehara loaded the bases, Baez entered and got out of the inning after allowing all three of the inherited runners to score.
Baez got slammed in the 7th by Jones as he hit a 2 run homer to make the score 10-9. Walker and Johnson combined for a 1,2,3 eight which took us into the ninth when Sherrill entered and as usual with him came a lot of fireworks and some very good fortune.
Earlier today I blogged about how the Orioles fundamentals were not where they needed to be especially as it pertains to base running. Well today the Orioles won this game because of the Rangers, in particular Ian Kinsler’s, terrible base running. Kinsler lead off in the 9th with a double to left. Trouble loomed as Young followed with a blast to deep right field. Nick Markakis saved the game with an outstanding running catch as he reached over his head snatching the ball as it was about to hit the wall. This kept the winning runner from getting on base with what would have been at least a double. But what really preserved the lead was the atrocious decision on the part of Kinsler not to tag. In fact, as I watched Nick make the catch, I yelled “get it in!” Then I realized there was no need to rush it in because for some reason Kinsler did not tag. What a break. Just as I was explaining how lucky we just got, Hamilton hit a ball to medium deep center. There’s the answer. If Kinsler would have tagged as he should have, the game would have been tied and we would have been hoping for extra innings. Instead, thanks to Markakis’ incredible catch and Kinsler’s equally incredible decision not to tag, the Orioles pulled out a magical victory in an offensively explosive game.
It is games like this in which plays seem to fall our way that has me thinking maybe, just maybe, the magic is back at the yard. Well see how long the magic sticks around but come August I would love to be able to say ’09 Orioles: