Alexander was no Danny Valencia, who struck out Joey Gallo in Thursday’s brief mound appearance. Instead, Alexander issued four walks, allowed five runs, and gave up one hit – a Kevin Elster grand slam – in two-thirds of an inning of work.
Alexander’s efforts were part of a 16-run eighth inning in which the Rangers totaled eight hits and eight walks versus him, Armando Benitez, and Jesse Orosco.
Alexander reportedly stated “I hate this” when asked about his cameo on the mound, and with good reason.
Here’s a sampling of headlines from the game coverage:
“Rangers Devastate Orioles” (The Washington Times)
“There’s No Mercy Rule as Texas Wins 26-7” (The New York Times)
“All Texas Needed Was a Placekicker” (The Fresno Bee)
“It’s Sweet 16 in One Inning” (Daily News – Los Angeles)
Said Rangers slugger Juan Gonzalez, who homered, doubled, and drove in six runs: “It was funny. A walk, a walk, a base hit, a home run. It was great for us.”
But not so great for the Orioles.
— Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) August 3, 2018
Danny Valencia became the eighth position player to take to the mound for the Orioles. According to a 2016 Pressbox story by Paul Folkemer, the list of prior position players to pitch for the O’s is as follows: Larry Harlow and Elrod Hendricks (1978); Todd Cruz (1984); Jeff Tackett (1993); Manny Alexander (1996); Chris Davis (2012); and Ryan Flaherty (2016).