Written by Michael Williams
Tonights game started at the usual 7:05 ET and featured Miles Mikolas and Chris Tillman on the mound. Leonys Martin went into the Orioles bullpen to bring back a Nelson Cruz homer. A disputed catcher's interference call led to two additional runs on a Beltre double that Chris Davis did not get to. The Orioles rallied late and the Bullpen was nails.
-The Rangers got to Chris Tillman early, scoring once on three singles in the first inning. He pitched well though, only using 12 pitches. He ran his count up in the second but with clean results. Buck Showalter was enraged by the rookie umpire's allowing Elvis Andrus to call catcher's interference on a ball he fouled off. Chris did not help his own cause by not fielding a grounder at him with two out to allow the fourth run. his pitches were up and he appeared to lack command. His velocity was not his best either. maybe he could have used that extra day's rest. Tillman got his mechanics together in the four inning. Jim Palmer said it took him 64 pitch to throw his first real good change up. He had a clean fifth, but the third out was overturned on replay. Correctly.
Final Line: 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
-Brad Brach got a ground out with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning. He was fabulous in the seventh with two huge strikeouts in the heart of the order. He got the win for his efforts.
-Darren O'Day owned the eighth inning.
-Zach Britton attempted a two run save. After the rain delay. After. Perfect save, ending in a strikeout.
-Other than Nelson Cruz and his Faux Homer, Nick Markakis led off the game making an out on the first pitch to a first time MLB starter that was a minor league releiver before this season. Talk about team approach.
-Adam Jones swung at ball four and then solo homered. It was his 16th.
-Through five and a third innings the Orioles made this minor league reliever look like Cy Young. then they started taking some pitches. A real bad call on the 2-0 pitch to Steve Pearce was followed by a third ball. Nick Markakis was already on first via walk. Steve fouled off the next pitch to bring a full count. Ball four. Tying run to the plate.
-Adam Jones faced Jason Frasor. He fell behind 0-2. A wild pitch advanced both runners. He hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Markakis and move up Pearce.
-Nelson Cruz singled off the left field wall to score Steve Pearce. Singled. Off the wall.
-Chris Davis walked after two strikes were called on him a foot outside. Minor League Umpire.
-J.J. Hardy singled to score Cruz.
-Ryan Flaherty showed off his awsome power stiking a solo shot out towards Ewtaw street.
-Steve Pearce advanced to second base on a balk after a walk and scored on an Adam Jones single.
-Chris Davis singled in the eighth. Ryan Flaherty was intentionally walked. Intentionally. Walked.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
-Chris Davis and Chris Tillman did not help the team's cause with their fielding in the Ranger's third inning.
-Ryan Flaherty made a fantastic play to end the fifth inning, but it was overturned on a replay challenge. They got it right.
-Ryan Flaherty did a Manny in the sixth inning. Saved a run.
-Ryan Flaherty stabbed a scorcher from Gimenez in the eigth inning.
Key Moments In The Game
-Caleb Joseph was called for interference.
Other Notes/ Musings
Jim Palmer toasted this umpire. Atrocious he called him.
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