post-series report: O’s vs Rangers- 4/13-4/15

Game 1:  O’s 10- Rangers 9.       Game 2: O’s 7- Rangers 5.        Game 3: Rangers 19- O’s 6     OUTCOME- Orioles win series 2-1

Player of series- Adam Jones: .357 AVG, 2 HR’s, 7 RBI’s, 2 2B- Jones was on fire this series, hitting .357 in the series and bumping his early season average to .389 average. He also hit two bombs to give him his 1st HR’s of the season. Jones was looking more and more confident as the series, and the year has gone on, and hopefully he keeps the same approach at the plate all season long. It is also worth noting that 9 of his 14 hits have been for extra bases( 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 homeruns) in just 36 at bats. Jones is also looking stellar in CF. His most important hit of the season was that 2 run homerun in the 10th inning of game 2 off Eddie Guardado.

Suprise of the series-LF Felix Pie: .333 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI,1 BB- After going 2 foir his first 7, Pie hit a slump, going 0 for his next eight. Pie had his best series of the year in only 9 at bats, having 3 hits and his 1st homerun as an O in game 1. Pie will probably be streaky all throughout the year as he is a rookie and the former top prospect is getting his 1st real oppurtunity to start at 24, i say he will be streaky because this is year 1 and all rookies go through a transitional phase. But expect Pie to be one of the top suprises of the season for the O’s, as he has great potential and talent.

Game of the series: Game 2- After being down 3-1 after the 1st two innings and starter Alfredo Simon went down with a looks to be serious elbow injury, the O’s scored some runs in the 3rd and 4th inning to knot the game at 3. It stayed this way until the 10th inning until Adam Jones hit a 2-run HR, and then Luke Scott doubled deep and scored Markakis and Wigginton to make it 7-3. But then George Sherill came on in the bottom of the 10th and allowed 2 runs, but then got Marlon Byrd swinging for out 3 and clinched the O’s 3rd straight series win. The offense had 9 hits and the bullpen went 7 and 2/3 without allowing a run and only 5 hits. It was truly an exciting game from start to finish, and both teams went at it hard, but the ORIOLES! came out on top.

Goat of the series: The whole pitching staff in game 3- 19 hits and 19 runs allowed- It first started with Hendrickson allowing 9 runs ( but only 2 earned, thanks to that crucial Roberts error), but still didnt look good and was pulled after 3 and 2/3. Then came on Radames Liz, who was called to Baltimore with Matt Albers before the game. and in 1 inning got roughed up and allowed 4 runs and 5 hits. And the Brian Bass ( suprise!!!) allowed 2 runs in 2 innings right after Liz. I dont get it, Bass can strikeout so many people, but all the other skills are lacking. Then, yes, the guy i defended in my last article, Matt Albers got ripped apart, allowing 4 runs in 1 and a third innings. He also struck out 2, but when its 19 runs, strikeouts dont even matter at all. And they allowed Ian Kinsler to hit for only the 3rd 6-hit cycle in MLB history.

Moment of the series: Adam Jones 2 run homerun in 10th inning, game 2- I think you all saw this coming, The Jones HR in extra innings was so huge in that game words cant describe it. Definally gave us momentum to put 2 runs extra on the board and close the game out in the bottom of the 10th. Sherrill definally made it interesting though, geez.

Downlow- The Orioles are 6-3 to start the year, and are in 2nd place in the AL East, a half a game behind Toronto. The O’s head to Boston for a 4 game weekend series. It should be interesting to see how we do versus Beantown. Staff ace Jeremy Guthrie will start game 1, followed by Eaton in game 2, Uehara in game 3, and whoever replaces Simon in game 4. It could be a guy like Albers or Sarfate, or Liz, whoever it is, better be ready to go, because it seems that Simon might be out a while with that Elbow injury.

Writers note-  It is a shame to hear about the Alfredo Simon injury. He was one of the dark horses to suprise this year, and if i remeber correctly, ”degenerative issue” means that it is the decline or loss of, in Simons case, structure of the elbow. So this could be serious if it is a real degenerative issue, because he could be lost for the season. We will find out more later in the upcoming weeks hopefully, and learn if it is serious or minor.

                      by – Logan Quick

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