G22: Rangers lose again; this time to new team (4-3 to Orioles)

Well, this was another game in the slide. We lost in a most bizarre fashion, balking in the final run. We missed opportunities again, and basically let the game get away from us. Our team is backwards this year from last year. Last year, we had great offense & a great bullpen, and just “so so” starting pitching. This year it’s the other way around – great starting pitching, but our offense is gone, and our bullpen is unreliable.
Loaiza pitched a great game – 8 innings, 6 hits, three runs. Our bullpen lost it again. Loaiza did give up two of his runs late, and via the longball, but other than that, he looked really sharp. Turning out to be one of our better pitchers – I’m glad – so our trade for him eventually turned out good. :) We left 7 on base again – far too many.
Raffy had to come out of the game early after sliding into second base attempting to steal. He didn’t look that bad to me, but you can never really tell with these things. Hopefully he won’t be out very long.
I got a laugh out of the ejection of B.J. Surhoff. He really looked like Paul O’Neill up there – which is not a good thing. O’Neill whines about everything (hence my calling him Mr. Whiny) – and thinks that every pitch should be a ball unless he swings at it. This is what Surhoff looked like when he was ejected in the first inning.