It’s a tough road from here. The Orioles head to Texas down 2-0 in a best-of-five ALDS in which they have no room for error. Not many teams have faced a similar challenge and succeeded.
There were plenty of negatives to take away from the Game 2 loss, most of them on the mound. Grayson Rodriguez struggled, leaning almost entirely on a fastball that wasn’t missing bats. Later, Bryan Baker loaded the bases and then Jacob Webb unloaded them. The Rangers scored a whopping nine runs in the game’s first three innings, and it felt like it was all over.
Credit the Baltimore bats for fighting back to the degree that they did. Gunnar Henderson homered and had a nice day at the plate. Aaron Hicks drove in five, including a three-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth inning. Altogether it was a nice showing from the offense. Unfortunately, the pitching just wasn’t up to the task.
Now the series moves to Texas, where the O’s room for error has entirely evaporated. They can’t simply play well, they must be perfect and do what they can to win two in a row and force a decisive Game 5 back at Camden Yards.
Tyler reacts to all of the drudgery in the Game 2 loss and preps for Game 3 in this special postseason episode.
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