Quick Recap: Rangers win, 4-3
May, 19, 2010
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON -- Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Michael Young with the winning run and the Rangers ended this three-hour, 11-minute ballgame with a 4-3 victory over the Orioles.
Cruz ended his night with one hit, but that's OK because his last at-bat resulted in the walk-off winner.
* The story of the night, other than the victory, was a near home run. Josh Hamilton hit what appeared to be a home run over the wall in left. The ball landed on the support beam over the scoreboard, but it was ruled in play and Hamilton wound up with a double. The hit, which should have tied the score 2-2 in the fourth inning, was not reviewed by the umpires, and the Rangers did not file a protest. Ron Washington argued the play but was told to go away.
"I asked [the umpires] do you want to review that, and they said no," Hamilton said. "He felt like he was confident enough in his call."
When told the umps later said they blew the call, Hamilton said, "It don't matter now, we won. Obviously, it had been different if we had not won."
* RHP Rich Harden probably saved his status in the rotation with 5 1/3 innings of solid work. Harden threw 103 pitches, 67 for strikes, allowing two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts in the effort. After a 1-2-3 first, Harden gave up two runs on four hits in the second. He battled though trouble most of the night, but did enough to get a no-decision.
* Something has to be done with Justin Smoak. He went 0-3 with a walk. He is 5-for-36 the last 11 games. Ron Washington said before the game that he's cool with Smoak in the lineup, but he went 0-2 with RISP on Wednesday night.
*The Orioles used six relief pitchers on Wednesday night. Baltimore sent in Cla Meredith, Alberto Castillo and Jason Berken in the ninth inning alone.
*The ninth inning was setup by two plays. Young started things with a single off the glove of Cesar Izturis. The ball took its time bouncing into center field and Young took advantage beating the throw of center fielder Adam Jones into second, turning what should have been a single into a double.
"He's playing a little deeper, so we ended up catching a break right there," Young said of Jones. "Shortstop did a good job of getting some leather on it and it worked out well, it killed the ball enough so that I was able to sneak in there."
The other big play was Hamilton drawing a walk to load the bases setting up Cruz's sacrifice fly to center.
"I didn't think they wanted to come inside with anything," Hamilton said. "So, I knew they were going to try and stay aways, maybe 3-2 try to get a slider for a strike."