Air raid sirens sounded and fans scattered throughout Baltimore’s Camden Yards covered their heads between concrete rows as Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers bombed the Orioles 10-3 on Tuesday night.
A man amongst boys, Hamilton tied a big league record by homering four times in this lopsided affair.
Each baseball cleared the ballpark’s army green center field wall with ease.
Hamilton’s stat line was as follows: five at-bats, five hits, four home runs and a double with eight RBI.
Talk about playing a perfect ballgame.
The patch of lawn beyond Adam Jones’ outstretched glove will forever have nightmares of Hamilton’s thwacked baseballs repeatedly thumping the earth.
As will Orioles fans, who watched their team get dismantled two nights in a row by baseball’s equivalent of the New Orleans Saints.
Frankly, this game looked more like routine batting practice for the Rangers than an actual ballgame.
Five Rangers hitters achieved multi-hit games, as the team racked up 15 hits on the night.
The Orioles, perhaps still feeling ill effects from their 17-inning marathon versus the Red Sox last Sunday, looked sluggish, to say the least.
While again playing flat and pitching without fire, Baltimore’s hitters waved at Neftali Feliz pitches like they were waving at wind-tossed feathers.
That is, unless you were Nick Markakis. He went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the losing affair.
Perhaps this will help Markakis break his early-season slump.
J.J. Hardy and Robert Andino also added two hits apiece for the Orioles.
With the win, the Rangers now own the big league’s best record at 20-10.
With the loss, the Orioles slip to 19-11.
Finding silver lining, the Orioles remain in a first place tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.
On the season, Hamilton is hitting .406 with 14 home runs and 36 RBI. He has an astounding .840 slugging percentage and an eye-popping 1.298 OPS.
This, in just 27 games played thus far.
Mickey Mantle was surely smiling down on Josh Hamilton this evening.