After watching the first-ever one-game Wild Card Game end in controversial fashion in Atlanta, the baseball world set its sights on Arlington as the Texas Rangers played host to the Baltimore Orioles for a chance to face the New York Yankees in the ALDS.
Entering the evening, it was expected that the Rangers offense could be enough, though the Baltimore pitching staff ended up proving to be the difference-maker. It held Texas in check inning after inning, as the O's offense would score enough runs to seal the deal, 5-1.
In the end, the final score is all that matters, and the Baltimore Orioles will be moving on. When you dissect the events of Friday night's game, contributing factors for the O's win become more clear.
We will explore those here as well as provide team grades for both teams.