• Apr

    O's beat Texas; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    In the first game of a Saturday double-header, the Baltimore Orioles shut out the defending American League champion Texas Rangers 5-0.

    With the win, the Orioles have matched the Rangers for the best record in the American League at 6-1.

    The Good:

    1) Britton retired the first six Rangers he faced, getting three grounders in the process. Took just 21 combined pitches, as he threw only 6 in the first.  He would get 3 double-play grounders (should have been 4), and he even showed an ability to field his position, snaring the liner back to him. His demeanor never changed on the mound, and he always looked like he was in complete control. All of this comes in his 2nd major league start (including 1st at home) against the defending AL champs, and their power-packed lineup. Tony Pente's Rookie of the Year pick was outstanding. 7.2 ip, 4 hits, 0 er, 3 bb's, 2 k's, 14 grounders. Standing O, also nice to see.

    2) Markakis gave the Birds the quick 1-0 lead, turning on the ball for a HR down the RF line. Wasn't Sam Fuld, but nice catch from Markakis in the 9th.

    3) The short porch in LF is a joke for someone with the pure power of Mark Reynolds. The 3 run homer today was just an a glimpse of things to come. Reynolds would have another hit later.

    4) Good to see Guerrero advance to 2nd on the wild pitch, even if he looks awkward running. Is hard to believe this was a guy that once ran well enough to have back-to-back years of 37+ steals.

    5) Scott had a nice day. Hard single early, followed by two walks.

    6) Jones made an adjustment within his ab in the 3rd, smacking the slider into CF and knocking in the O's 5th run of the day.

    7) Berken with his 3rd scoreless outing to start '11.

    The Bad:

    1) Britton allowed a leadoff walk to start both the 3rd, 4th, and 8th. The 3rd and 4th inning walks came after his offense gave him runs the prior inning. You have to make the opposing team earn everything. Control seemed to leave him momentarily in the 4th.

    2) In the 6th, Jones struck out on a slider away and Scott was easily thrown out at 2nd.

    3) I've been pleased by the defense we have seen from Reynolds thus far, but today he again bobbled a ball (in the 8th) that cost the O's a chance at turning two.

    The Ugly:

    None. Bring on Game 2.

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