ARLINGTON, Texas -- It wasn't the two-run home run to Nate McLouth that disappointed Texas Rangers starter Scott Feldman the most about the fifth inning. It was the 1-2 cutter to the previous hitter, J.J. Hardy, which resulted in an RBI double.
"I think I gave him something a little too good to hit there," Feldman said. "That's the frustrating part of baseball. Sometimes you can throw the ball where you want and guys still get the bat on the ball and get a base hit."
That made the score 3-1 and brought McLouth to the plate. He deposited a 1-1 cutter 393 feet to right field, a ball that nearly landed in the second deck. That gave the Orioles a 5-1 lead and they eventually hung on, 5-3.
"I was close to getting out of it, but I couldn't really get that final out," Feldman said. "That is frustrating because I was so close to limiting the damage there and that's all you're trying to do in that situation is limit the damage and get our guys back in the dugout and swinging. Even after giving up the hit to Hardy, we're still right in the game. I made a bad pitch to McLouth."
Feldman ended up just going five innings, throwing 100 pitches. He allowed five runs, four of them earned, with four strikeouts and one walk. The rough inning came after Feldman had struck out the side in the fourth inning, and three of the four runs scored with two outs.
"A couple of those at-bats I'll be thinking about," Feldman said. "But I have to forget that and be ready next time."