Game 124: Orioles 8, Rangers 5

I won’t get a chance to finish watching the game, but I couldn’t not say something about this absurd game.

Cliff Lee is awesome. He’s a very good bet to win the AL Cy Young award. In his last start against the O’s though – his first in a Rangers’ uniform – he took the L as the Birds hit 3 home runs off of him. Coming into this game, Lee had a 2.42 FIP with only 9 home runs allowed this year (33% to the Orioles).

First, Josh Bell – who has struggled mightily in the majors this year, and who some people want to give up switch-hitting in general due to his inability to hit right-handed – took Lee deep to center-field for his first major league home run (up to 40% of Lee’s HRs being hit by the O’s).

The next inning Ty Wigginton crushed a pitch into left-center (45%). The very next batter – Luke Scott – drove one out to right (50%). Lee got a short reprieve with an Adam Jones groundout, but singles by Felix Pie (his second of the day) and Craig Tatum set up Josh Bell for his second home run of the game (and his career), the O’s third of the inning, and fourth of the game (54%).

Bell just barely missed home run number three in his next at bat, singling off the very top of the wall in right-center. After a walk to Brian Roberts walk – just Lee’s 9 unintentional free pass on the year – he was removed from the game. Final line; 5.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 4 HR.

Cliff Lee FIP against the rest of the majors this year: 1.97.
Cliff Lee FIP against the Baltimore Orioles this year: 8.72.

Crazy.

Good thing the O’s put 7 on the board, since Brad Bergesen didn’t exactly have is best game; 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.

I didn’t get to see the end of the game, but I’m assuming nothing happened in innings 8 and 9. Update if needed. Have a nice weekend, and congrats to Josh Bell once again.

Update: Koji pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first major league save, and the O’s won 8-6.