Post-series recap: O’s vs Rangers-4/24-4/27

Game 1 Rangers 6- O’s 5        Game 2 Rangers 6- O’s 5          game 3 O’s 8- Rangers 5      game 4 Rangers 6- O’s 4   OUTCOME- Rangers win series, 3-1

It was an up and down series for the O’s, who lost 3 of the 4 games, but they stayed competitive throughout the series. It was a good effort by the hitters, and the bullpen( with the exception of game 1) and, the starters struggled. I will break down all 4 games.

Game 1- It was a heartbreaking game for the Orioles. Koji Uehara pitched a great game, he went 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing just 2 runs and striking out 6. But in the 9th, closer George Sherill allowed a two-run bomb to perrenial all-star 3B Michael Young after losing Ian Kinsler after working a full count, the a single the batter before. Aubrey Huff had a heck of a game, going 2-4 with a 2 run double in the 4th inning to give the O’s the lead which they held onto until Sherrill blew it with 2 outs in the 9th.

Game 2- This was almost the game of the year. I actually attended this game, and it was very exciting at the end. Mark Hendrickson got roughed up early, allowing 4 homeruns in 4 and 1/3 innings. This could’ve been Hendricksons last start if Rich Hill gets back on time. Brian Bass was the star of the game, finally showing why he made the opening day roster. He pitched a clean 3 and 2/3 innings and struck out 4, and kept the O’s in the game. The game got interesting after Izturis drove in Gregg Zaun, and then Adam Jones drove in Lou Montanez and Izturis to make it 6-5, alas, Nick Markakis and Aubrey Huff left Jones stranded.

Game 3- This was the one win for the O”s in the weekend series. Brad Bergesen got rough up, allowing 10 hits and 5 earned runs in 4 innings, but again, the bullpen impressed, going a scoreless last 5 innings and the O’s kept on hitting. Adam Jones got his 3rd homerun of the year, blasting a 3 run shot in the 6th inning, giving the O’s the lead 7-5, and Markakis closed it out, getting an RBI single in the 8th to make it 8-5, and then George Sherrill closed it out in the 9th, giving him his 4th save out of 5 oppurtunitys early on in 2009.Danny Baez also picted a clean 3 innings, 5 through 7,  and didnt even allow a hit and struck out 3. Definally a big win for the O’s.

Game 4- The potential series tie game was a good game. Staff ace Jeremy Guthrie went a decent 5 innings, allowing 3 runs and striking out 4. He left the game wuth the lead, but the pen could just not hold it, as Matt Albers couldnt hold in the 6th inning, and he got the loss. The O’s hitters went on a tear early, scoring 4 runs in the first 2 innings, and then went cold, not one run in the last seven innings. Brian Roberts had a 2 run single to center to make it 4-0 early, but Texas starter Matt Harrison toughened up, shutting us out until he was done after 7. The Orioles could have easily taken 3 of the 4 games, but the bullpen woes in game 1 and 4 made that flip, making it just 1 of 4.

O’s- Angels series preveiw- The Orioles look to win this series after losing the last one, just the second series loss of the early season. We are home again, and we need to take advantage of being at Camden. It is just a two game series, and we have Adam Eaton, who is looking for his 2nd win in game 1, then Uehara, who is looking for his 3rd.

Thats it for now, check back for more colums.

                                                                                                                                Logan Quick

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