Game 9: Orioles 0, Rangers 3

The Good:

  • Jeremy Guthrie did a very nice job, making his first start since coming out of the hospital. He only topped out at 92 mph – and he didn’t miss any bats – but he used his off-speed stuff quite a bit and pitched a good game. Final line; 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
  • Derrek Lee had a couple singles and drew a walk, and Vlad twice moved him first to third with a hit to right-field (a single and a double).
  • Didn’t work out, but I just wanted to give Buck some credit for a Jedi mind trick he pulled. Two-on, two-out in the bottom of the eighth. Jake Fox scheduled to hit against right-hander Darren O’Day (who had just walked two batters), with righty Neftali Feliz and lefty Arthur Rhodes in the pen. Buck send up Fox to hit. Ron Washington responds by bringing in Feliz. Then Buck send up Luke Scott to pinch-hit. If Luke is announced right away, Rhodes is probably coming in to face him. Fox facing O’Day would probably have not been good either, and Showalter was able to get Washington to put him into position to get his best possible match-up.

The Bad:

  • The issue, as it’s been pretty much all season, is the lack of offense. The run prevention has been better than expected so far – even if not quite as good as their runs allowed would imply – but they’re not puttig enough runs on the board themselves.

The Final:

Kind of anti-climactic end to the series after that great first game by Britton, as the O’s just stopped scoring. O’s fall to 6-3 on the season.