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Orioles vs. Rangers 4/8/11 (Rainout) & 4/9/11 (Doubleheader)

If you’re here to read about the whole Jose Valverde
spitting incident, check out that post
here
.

 

 

So I showed up to the park on Friday not expecting anything
exciting.  It had been pouring all day
and I already had word from a friend at the stadium that BP would for sure not
happen.  Either way, I headed down around
4:15 and stood in line.  Eventually, Tim,
Ben, Brittany, and some others showed up. 
Zack Hample left town, and he
made a good choice doing so.

 

When we got in, there were some Rangers throwing:

 

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I got a ball from some athletic trainer with them, then
handed it to a little Rangers fan standing by us (it was wet and dirty and
meant a LOT more to her).  Tim, Ben, and
Matt each got one (I think Matt actually got 2) as well.

 

The Orioles came out to throw

 

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But I didn’t really bother asking for things.  What was cool was that Ronnie [Deck] finished
throwing with Arrieta, and when all the pitcher went in, he came over to talk
with me for a good ten minutes, saying he was waiting for Tillman.  We talked about everything from his uniform
to Spring Training to everything else random you can imagine. That was pretty
cool.

 

I then spent time with some people in Café 54, by the
bullpen, and on club level (including putting high socks on, my original pair
were *soaked*).

 

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We heard at one
point that there were some Rangers sliding on the tarp, including Josh
Hamilton.  From club level, we ran out to
see it, but missed them.  You can see
videos of it here (this one is taken by the Rangers bullpen catcher in the dugout), here,
and here.

 

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The game was postponed, it was announced that there would be
a straight doubleheader the next day, so I called up Todd Cook who would be
coming to town, and headed back to my place.

 

Oh, and I got Darren Oliver’s autograph:

 

Darren Oliver Autograph

 

Season stats:

 

Baseballs: 10 (6 hit, 2 on fly, 2
toss up, 2 found)

Autographs: 3 (Scherzer, Guerrero,
Oliver)

Orioles home games attended: 3

Orioles total games attended: 3

Total MLB games attended: 3

Total baseball games attended
(MLB+MiLB): 3

Rainouts: 1

 

 

So I got down to the Orioles doubleheader on Saturday around
2.  The gate times were confusing, Zevi
and I ended up having to run around the stadium when nobody else did… it was
just bad.

 

There were a ton of balls in the stands, and Matt found like
5.  I found one.  Then caught a Mike Napoli HR during BP on the
fly.  But that was it for me.  And I must have given both away, because I
have no idea where they are at this point. 
Sometimes I just hand them off when I get them if they are too dirty to
get signed and have nothing interesting that I would want to keep them for, so
I assume that is the case.

 

Here’s a shot I took during BP:

 

Oriole Park Batting Practice 4911

 

In this one, we have:

 

1. Todd and Tim Cook (Check out Todd’s game entry here and follow Todd’s Twitter)

2. Dave Stevenson

 

For sure click on the Cooks name there to check out their
blog.  I met Todd and Tim last season,
and have stayed in touch with Todd ever since for baseball stuff, and I
currently serve as his Oriole Park ticket broker.  More on those two later.

 

Here is a panorama he took after BP but before the first game.  I’m in it there tossing my glove.  I was trying to toss it into his picture, but you can’t tell that here since I had no idea he was doing a wide lens panorama.  Either way, pretty cool. (click to enlarge as usual)

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So Zach Britton was starting for the Orioles:

 

Zach Britton 4911

 

And he put on a show. 
Pitched 7.2 shutout innings as the O’s beat the Rangers in game one,
5-0.

 

Nick Markakis Adam Jones Luke Scott Celebrate Jump 4911

 

During the game, I hung out with Kris, Zevi (I’m not linking him every time I mention his name,
sorry), Andrew, and some others I’m
sure (I just am forgetful).  It was fun.

 

Yes, I did facepalm during this game.  Here’s
the video
if you must.  There’s a bit
of a background story to my frustrations behind it, but I’m not going to openly
start attacking people on here.  But
yeah.  I shredded both of my knees, my
right one the most, and was bleeding all over my legs.  It wasn’t pretty.  But we fight on.  And it was weird because the pitch before the
home run, I said to somebody “let’s see if Reynolds can make Earl Weaver happy
with a 3 run home run” and BAM.

 

So then there was a short break between games, but we
settled back into section 86 for the second game.  This time, Todd and Tim Cook, who had been
busy and exploring during game one, spent most of game two with us.  Tim, I must say, is a very energetic a funny
little guy.  Tells some great jokes.  And Todd talked with me/us for most of the 2nd
game, about all things baseball really. 
There were multiple innings where I don’t remember what really happened
since we were having some fun talks. 
Baseball is finally back.

 

The Orioles got crushed in this game by the score of
1-13.  Yeah, the Rangers flat out mashed
(including another Nelson Cruz home run). 
Arrieta was off his game, but it could have been because of Jake Fox
catching.  Who knows.  Though Fox looked awesome with his retro bird
helmet plus the black uni:

 

Jake Fox Retro Oriole Bird Helmet

 

 

So yeah.  Was an
interesting day, spent a ton of it just relaxing around talking to people
watching a game, and didn’t go too crazy with things.  Then I went on Sunday (post coming soon), and
that’s that.

 

Season stats:

 

Baseballs: 12 (7 hit, 3 on fly, 1
toss up, 3 found)

Autographs: 2 (Scherzer, Guerrero,
Oliver)

Orioles home games attended: 5

Orioles total games attended: 5

Total MLB games attended: 5

Total baseball games attended
(MLB+MiLB): 5

Rainouts: 1

 

 

Oh, and I’m still holding Adam Jones to this.  But it was cool just
yesterday when I told him he should
visit the MLB Fan Cave, and he replied that
he already was going.  Then MLB put up
this video of it.  Ryan Wagner, one of
the cave dwellers, is an O’s fan.  He’s
pretty darn cool.  I enjoy following the shenanigans
of the MLB Dream Job here, and you should, too.

 

Oh yeah, and be sure to check out the flyer and info for the May 8th Orioles game fundraiser!

 

And in case you don’t know, both Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado are owning their respective minor league leagues (that sounds funny).

 

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Sweet Caroline!

O’s
win!

That’s how we have to look at it right now.  With a very intense 10th
inning now completed, the Orioles held on and beat the Red Sox today,
7-6.  This ends their 3 game series for the weekend, and brings the birds
back home for a bit.

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It truly was a thriller.  It was a back and forth game through the end,
where luckily the O’s stopped the Sox from continuing the lead change trend.

Pitching:


Tim-e
to Wake-field up:  Well, we faced Okajima and the fiery Bard after
Wakefield left, and those guys were surprises to our hitters.  While we
did get the tying runs off of Okajima, it was a rude awakening call facing a
guy that throws higher than 85.  Wakefield surprised me today.  I
never realized how slow he was.  He didn’t break 82 on the day.  The
movement must be insane to see in person because other than the movement, there
is no reason any player shouldn’t be slugging off of him.  He pitched
great against us only letting up 2 ER in 6.2 IP with a 5:1 K:BB ratio.

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Hernandez
came out on top of his stuff basically.  Was not as good as in Spring
against the Red Sox when he shut them out in his last start with 7 Ks, but not
far off.  He hasn’t kept up with the strikeouts lately, with a 1:3 K:BB
ratio today.  Letting up some hits and not getting into batter’s minds, it
was no more than an okay performance.  On the bright side, he didn’t get
the loss, which wasn’t deserved with his good outing.  2 of his 3 ER were
because of the inherited runners that he left on which scored off of Hendrickson. 
5 full innings though of shutout baseball is a great stat to see.  He also
has stuck down on his pitches and has still not let up a HR this year, which
was his rough point last year.

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Hendrickson
and Berken each had solid stints, both letting up runs though.  Looking at
their outings, neither was off their game, but just had some bad luck with
solid Red Sox hitters making good cuts.  Trembley used Castillo for 2 outs
late in the game.  JJ came on for an extremely positive appearance, , holding
the score and forcing the game into extras by getting the Red Sox out in the 9th
despite a leadoff single by McDonald who was eventually advanced into scoring
position before the inning ended.

 

Fielding:

 

Andre
Beltran:  Yea, I know that isn’t a player’s name.  There is an Adrian
Beltre.  I remember when the Red Sox picked up Beltre in the offseason,
and I got an ESPN update text saying the Red Sox got Andre Beltran.  At
that point, I had no idea what they were talking about.   Maybe a
nobody?  Well, he’s made a name for himself today.  Just on defense,
the game started off with 2 bobbling errors on back to back Orioles hitters
grounding to 3rd (they ended up only crediting him with 1). 
Ever since those moments, he has been a gold glover at 3rd. He
has robbed Tejada of RBIs, and a bunch of other guys too.  He has been
making spectacular dives and grabs throughout the entire game.  Through 3
innings, 7 out of the 13 balls hit in the field were to Beltre.  So his
position demanded some nice plays out of him, which he definitely provided.

 

It
was interesting watching the short popups in left field today.  On the
first one, which Reimold caught, Izturis actually fell over from running into
Reimold.  After that, the three guys (Reimold, Tejada, and Izturis) all
communicated and stuck through the game with no errors.  Props to Reimold
also early in the game with a long running catch in left.  Proud he
finally held onto one of those.  I have been doubting him a lot in terms
of his abilities in LF.

 

Hitting
and the end:

 

The
O’s actually had a 1-0 lead through the 5th.  Now most people
at this time would think maybe Wigginton or Markakis had an RBI early. 
Wrong.  In the 2nd, with 1 out (a Wigginton groundout), Rhyne
Hughes stepped up and smacked a double to the left center gap.  Craig
Tatum then stepped up, and unexpectedly got an RBI single.  Props to him
for the clutch hit.

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As
the game continued, that left center gap became popular, especially balls off
the wall.  Most balls today were hit towards left, whether to the outfield
or to 3B Beltre.  No performance was too great at the plate, but the
hitting highlight of the day was that our 1-9 hitters all got at least one hit,
4 of which got 2 a piece.

 

Very
exciting stuff today.  Showed a lot of offensive firepower late which they
have been doing in this series.  It is a good sign.  Before the 8th,
the only guys with hits were the 1, 2, 8, and 9 slots (as opposed to last night
when 2-7 all had multi-hit games).  Coming up with intensity in the 10th,
here’s the overall summary of how we took a 7-4 lead:

 

-
R. Hughes singled to right, M. Tejada scored, L. Scott to third, T. Wigginton
to second
– M. Wieters singled to shallow center, L. Scott and T. Wigginton scored, R.
Hughes to second

 

The
hitting is really coming around.  14 hits as a team today, .311 as a team,
but once again with 10 LOB they are not producing as much as they could
be.  Also, the 10 Ks against us really hurt too, with 3 in a row by Bard,
striking out the side in the 9th.

 

To
me, it was sad that we couldn’t enter the bottom of the 10th and be
a quality baseball team and have a 1-2-3 inning.  Is it a requirement for
the Orioles to always worry their fans with late inning runs by the opposing
team, especially in situations of extra innings like this one?  I guess. 
But at least we held onto it.  Props to JJ for not losing his cool. 
No defensive woes, but maybe it was just that JJ should have been taken out
instead of going more.  Who knows.  Either way, we got the W.

 

After
2 losses of one run each, this win is something the team needed.  Now,
hopefully they can rest on this off day, get their gloves back together, and
bring the same stuff out against the Yankees.  It will be the top of the
rotation on Tuesday, and hopefully we can even sweep the Yankees.  They
might be doing well, but the offense we are producing may be the key to
overcoming the Yankees steroid and money driven lineup.  Hopefully, also,
we can bottle up this quality work by the bullpen today, especially JJ, so that
we won’t have to rely on a lot of work by a slumping guy like Fat Albers.
 Millwood, Guthrie, and Matusz will all hopefully keep up with their solid
seasons so far so that this lineup can come out and give the O’s some wins.

 

Could
we somehow have one of those high scoring games where you can tell by the 6th 
That’d be nice.  I hope we can find some type of game or two like
that.  Maybe even the series win over the Yankees.  Now that’d be
impressive.  Just no more of these nail-biters.  I’m running out of
nails. inning that we win and are up by 5+?

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