The Orioles came out on top in Buck Showalter's managerial debut Tuesday night. In the Orioles' 6-3 win over the Angels, Showalter had a lot to smile about -- if he did that sort of thing.
Jeremy Guthrie gave the Orioles another strong start. Mike Gonzalez and Alfredo Simon teamed up to shut down the Angels in the final innings. There were no major defensive lapses. And the Orioles scored six runs on nine hits while providing some notable offensive highlights.
Luke Scott hit a two-run home run. Matt Wieters went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. And Josh Bell drove in the first two runs of his major-league career. Like I said, there were a bunch of things for Showalter and the O's to feel good about.
Yet whenever MASN's cameras cut to the mean-mugging new manager -- which happened every five seconds or so -- Showalter sported a frown that would have made former manager Dave Trembley proud.
So smiling isn't Buck's thing. Oh well.
As nice as tonight's win was, I don't think the Orioles are going to go 57-0 under Showalter to finish off the season. As Orioles fans, you've probably curbed your enthusiasm already -- or hit the gas and drove it into a building.
But if you're rocking the orange-colored glasses tonight after Showalter's debut, I don't want to spoil it. It's the start of a new era, so enjoy the win, Baltimore.