If you missed this game, you missed an ugly loss. But you also missed Josh Hamilton going 5-for-5 with a double and four two-run homers. I mean, how can you even talk about the other stuff that happened when Josh Hamilton hit four home runs?
In the top of the first inning, Jake Arrieta walked Elvis Andrus ahead of Hamilton, who hit a home run to straight-away center.
In the third inning, Andrus reached on an infield single ahead of Hamiltion, who hit a home run to left field.
In the seventh inning, Andrus singled to right field ahead of Hamilton, who went back to center field for his third home run of the game.
In the eighth inning, Ian Kinsler singled and Andrus hit into a fielder's choice, eliminating Kinsler. So Andrus was on base for Hamilton, who then hit his fourth home run of the night.
As Hamilton rounded the bases after the last home run, the Orioles fans in the stands recognized the feat they witnessed tonight and gave him a standing ovation. I mean, what the hell? The Orioles weren't gonna win the game, they might as well appreciate Hamilton's amazing night.
Obviously Arrieta was not good tonight, giving up six runs in 6 1/3 innings. But as hard as it is to imagine from the pitching line, Arrieta didn't look terrible for much of the night. He was kind of bipolar on the mound, and while he certainly has to take responsibility for that, there is also the fact that they are the Texas Rangers. Did he need to be better? Yes. But this ain't the Twins.
Neftali Feliz and his 99 mph fastball dominated the Orioles pitching staff. He struck out eight in six innings and gave up just one run. He did throw a lot of pitches, however, and had to leave after just six innings. Rangers reliever Robbie Ross gave up back-to-back FUHR's to J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis, so in the minor victories section, file Hardy staying hot and Markakis getting three hits in the midst of a terrible slump.
I'm not saying that the Orioles good run is over, but I am saying that in the last two games they have looked completely, utterly over matched. Maybe the Orioles are better this year, but they are nowhere near the Rangers. They can still get a series split if they win the next two games, though, so let's hope Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen are on the ball the next two nights.