Game 7: Orioles 5, Rangers 0

The Good:

  • Zach Britton once again looked very good. He brought the sinker out more today (I think), throwing it more 88-90 than the 92-95 that his other fastball sits at (it looks like he might actually have three fastballs – a “four-seamer” that rides more, a “two-seamer” that tails more, and the “sinker” that drops more). It really fell off a table though. The slider and change both looked good – he threw a particularly nice back-door breaking-ball for a strike – though he used them only sparingly. While his control wasn’t excellent, but three double plays helped him out and he generally cruised through the game. 14 groundballs to 3 flyballs is great to see as well. Final line; 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K.
  • Nick Markakis hit his first home run of the season, turning on a pitch ad sending it over the scoreboard. He can hit for more power if he does that a little more often.
  • Mark Renolds also hit his first home run of the seaon, and later added a single.
  • Luke Scott reached base all four times to the dish, singiling, walking twice, and getting hit by a pitch.

The Bad:

  • More than two walks from the offense would have been nice. And Mark Reynolds bobbled a ball that would have been Britton’s fourth double play of the day, getting only one out. Nit picks though.

The Final:

The O’s scored early, and Zach Britton made the lead feel safe all game. The win pulls the Birds into a tie for the best record in the majors (with Texas) at 6-1. Even though I don’t think bringing Britton up this early was the right move – we could theoretically have an extra year watching this later, if we gave up three weeks now – but I’m certainly enjoying it.