Monday, September 15th, 2014

Hamilton bashes 4 HRs, Rangers embarrass O’s again

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For the second time in three days, the O’s were involved in a piece of baseball history. This time, though, they ended up on the wrong side.

Given the way they play against the Orioles, I’m really not sure how the Texas Rangers ever lose a baseball game.

They haven’t scored 30 runs in one game (yet) in this series, but they have put up 24 runs in just two games. In fact, the score over the first two games of the four game series – Houston 24 Baltimore 6 – looks a lot more like a score you’d expect to see in a game where Joe Flacco threw three interceptions and Arian Foster ran roughshod over the Ravens’ defense (let’s hope this scenario never occurs).

On Tuesday night, Texas wasted no time, going up 2-0 in the first inning on a Josh Hamilton home run.

It would be the first of FOUR two-run bombs for Hamilton on the night, making him just the 16th player in MLB history to go deep four times in a single game.

Hamilton, who also homered in his final at bat on Monday night (also a 2-run shot), added a double for good measure. Thus, in his last six AB of the series, he is 6-for-6 with five home runs, one double, and 10 RBI.

Not a bad little stretch.

Of course, if I were managing the O’s, Hamilton wouldn’t have had that many chances on Tuesday; instead, he’d have gotten a baseball right in his ribs the second time he stepped to the plate. He was way too comfortable in there against Jake Arrieta, who he hit his first two HRs and his double off of.

Congratulations to Hamilton on the historic accomplishment.

I still say he needs a ball right in the middle of his back, but I don’t think that’s something you ask Wednesday’s starter, Wei-Yin Chen, to do.

As for the team, the O’s need to manage at least a single win out of this series. While a split is still theoretically possible, it doesn’t look very plausible given the way they’ve appeared so thoroughly outmatched against the Rangers.

Getting swept on the heels of that amazing road trip would be such a pre-2012 O’s thing to do.

And it would remind us all way too much of those pre-2012 years in Birdland.

Come on, Chen, quiet those Texas bats down for a night.

Please?

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