Game 42: Orioles 7, Rangers 13

The Good:

* Having the O’s starter get knocked around is bad news, though there is some upside for the Jason Berken fanclub. The long-man did his job after coming in for Matusz, scattering 6 hits over 4.1 innings and only giving up one run. Drops his ERA to 1.52 on the season.

* Luke Scott continues hitting, going 3-4 with two doubles, plus a walk.

* Nick Markakis went 2-4 and walked twice. Love it. That gives him 29 on the year, which is already more than half-way to last year’s total of 56. On pace to go well over 100, which would make me a happy camper. If was to pop a few homers too, that would also be nice.

* Overall, the offense put 22 men on base (15 hits, 6 walks, 1 HBP). Every Oriole had a hit and – somehow – they didn’t ground into a double play.

The Bad:

* Matusz did not have his best stuff (well, control). Things started off poorly with a lead-off walk, and then two bloops and a blast later the O’s were down 4-0 in the first inning. Vladdy got a pitch in the zone and homered to make it 6-3 in the second. And then a double and a single chased Matusz in the third. Final line; 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR. Probably the worst start of his young career.

* Alberto Castillo is going to be taken of the roster for someone from Triple-A, but it might be a couple days too late for that. He got 2 outs and gave up 4 runs. O’s would have had a shot going into the ninth down 8-5, but 13-5 was too tall of a mountain to climb.

* Despite the baserunners, the O’s plated just 7 runs. Terrible. Too many wasted chances.

* Wigginton made another error in the field and misplayed another ball (or two – I may have lost count).

The Final:

What should have at least been a slug-fest was more or less a rout. O’s lose 13-7, and have dropped 5 of 7 to the Indians, Royals, and Rangers. They’re now 13-29 on the season and head to DC to start interleague play. I’m just saying now, if the team gets swept by the Nationals I might take a week off or something. Probably not, but it would be awfully tempting.