If you don’t want to smack your head and hand on an infielder’s leg, don’t dive into the bag.
That’s why God gave you spikes.
That’s the popular opinion around here after the Rangers’ Andres Blanco started jawing at Ty Wigginton, who knelt on his right knee to block the bag and apply the tag after taking Brian Roberts’ relay throw in the sixth inning.
Blanco had a leadoff double. He wanted a triple. Wigginton wouldn’t give it to him.
Blanco jumped to his feet after being called out, started rubbing his left hand and voiced his displeasure at Wigginton, who walked toward the Rangers’ second baseman and pointed for him to get back in the dugout. Third base coach Dave Anderson pushed Blanco back as the Orioles’ bullpen began to empty and a few players and coaches came out of the home dugout.
Trust me, Blanco wanted no part of that matchup. It didn’t take much effort for Anderson to move him.
Third base umpire Manny Gonzalez walked Wigginton toward shortstop, but only because Wigginton was willing to go there.
Order was quickly restored and the game continued with the teams still locked in a scoreless tie.
Wigginton doubled off the out-of-town scoreboard in right field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.
Never get that guy riled up.
Tonight’s attendance: 14,635.
Game update: We’re no longer tied. Felix Pie, Matt Wieters and Corey Patterson strung together one-out singles to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Patterson has two hits tonight. He had one at-bat before tonight since hitting a home run and tripling in an Aug. 10 game in Cleveland.
Brian Roberts’ two-out, two-run double increased the lead to 3-0, and he scored on Nick Markakis’ single.
Brian Matusz has tossed seven scoreless innings in four games this year. He’s 1-0 with this decision pending.
If Matusz can go eight innings, the Orioles will have registered three consecutive starts of eight innings or more for the first time since May 2005 (Daniel Cabrera, Erik Bedard and Sidney Ponson.)