Thursday, August 23, 2012

Beltre Homers Three Times, Hunter Just Plain Bad; Playoff Tickets

You’ve probably heard by that the Orioles lost 12-3 to the Texas Rangers last night, as Tommy Hunter and Kevin Gregg set off the fireworks for them – in a historically bad way.

Tommy Hunter, in a typical Hunter start, gave up three homers; however, was terrible on Wednesday night.

Adrian Beltre, who can be one hell of a hitter, slammed three home runs – including doing two in a nine-run fourth inning – to send Texas to an easy victory. Tommy Hunter gave up two of them to Beltre and Kevin Gregg gave up the other. Mitch Moreland also had a grand slam homer off Hunter in the fateful fourth inning.

It was just not good for Baltimore at all last night. The only bright side for the Birds was that Nick Markakis drove in three runs and had three hits. Well, the rest of the team frankly didn’t do much at the plate.

Derek Holland (8-6), who started for Texas, earned the win and pitched seven innings for the victory. He gave up three runs.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Hunter has given up 32 HOMERS this season. That’s just awful. Considering he spent some time in the minors, that feat is even far more amazing to fathom.

Hunter just could not get the pitches over the plate, and when he did, they were high. Of course, Texas’s powerful hitters made him pay big-time. The fourth inning was horrendous and for one night brought flashbacks of the past with this team.

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