Journeyman Joe Saunders pitched great for the Orioles and held the powerful Rangers lineup to just one run on six hits. He got the team into the sixth inning and handed the bullpen a 2-1 lead.
Give manager Buck Showalter credit for deciding to go with the veteran Saunders as the starter in spite of his 0-6 record pitching in Texas. The move worked brilliantly and now the Orioles will head home to host the New York Yankees.
It’s going to be a very interesting offseason in the Lone Star State after the Rangers dramatic late season collapse. On September 28th the Rangers were leading the A.L. West by three games and holding the top seed in the A.L. Playoff race, wow!
Nobody would’ve imagined that one week later the season would end with Ranger fan’s booing Josh Hamilton. It appears to me that Hamilton’s stay in Texas may be over since he’s going to be a free agent this winter.
The Orioles and Yankees split the season series 9-9, but the Orioles were just 3-6 playing at home. I’m sure that Camden Yards will be rocking tomorrow evening for Game 1 of the A.L.D.S.