BY: BMOREcenter (@BMOREcenter)
The Orioles played a three game set over the weekend with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Let's recap it:
Game One - BAL 9, LAA 7
After a 42 minute rain delay, Jeremy Hellickson made quick work of putting the Orioles at a 5-0 deficit, allowing four home runs in the first two innings. Hellickson ended the night allowing seven runs on eight hits while striking out two. The Orioles started getting to Angels starter Andrew Heaney, as Mark Trumbo launched his 19th home run of the season in the 2nd inning, followed by Caleb Joseph's 8th of the season in the 3rd. Manny Machado brought home Tim Beckham on a 2-run homer in the 4th, cutting the Angels lead to 5-4. Just as the Orioles made it a ballgame again, Mike Trout hit his 24th home run of the season to extend the Angels lead to 7-4 in the 5th. Manny Machado followed Trout up with his 2nd home run of the game to lead off the bottom of the inning.
Rule V pick Anthony Santander made his MLB debut and notched his first career hit in the 9th, along with a funny moment (and a nice catch):
Orioles headed into the bottom of the 9th down 7-5. Santander singled followed by a Seth Smith walk. Ryan Flaherty made his first appearance off the 60-day DL pinch running for Smith. Tim Beckham's single loaded the bases for Manny Machado, who did this:
Orioles take game one of the series 9-7. Manny Machado is really, really good.
Game Two - LAA 5, BAL 1
Mike Trout got the Angels off to a quick start, hitting his 25th home run of the season off starter Kevin Gausman in the 1st inning good for a 1-0 Angels lead. Gausman finished his night going 4 innings allowing 5 runs on six hits. The Orioles responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring a run on a wild pitch by Angels starter JC Ramirez. Later, Luis Valbuena hit his 14th home run to lead off the 2nd, putting the Orioles in a 2-1 hole. Mike Trout hit his 2nd home run of the game in the 3rd to extend the lead to 3-1. In the 4th, Luis Valbuena hit another one out, this one good for two runs and a 5-1 Angels lead. Miguel Castro pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the second consecutive night, followed by a scoreless inning by Richard Bleier.
Manny Machado made a nice stop to rob Kole Calhoun of a hit in the 7th:
Another rain delay, this one lasting 40 minutes, hit Camden Yards at the end of the 7th inning. Former Orioles Bud Norris pitched a clean 8th in his return to Baltimore.
Mychal Givens struck out four of the six batters he faced in an overpowering outing:
Blake Parker shut it down in the bottom of 9th for the Angels.
Angels take game two 5-1. The uniforms were the only good part about this one.
Game Three - LAA 5, BAL 4
For the first time in this series, a scoreless first inning was pitched by both sides. The scoring drought did not last long, as Kole Calhoun hit his 16th home run of the year to give the Angels a 1-0 lead in the 2nd. Albert Pujols knocked in a run in the 3rd off Chris Tillman to extend the Angels lead to 2-0. Chris Davis responded in the bottom half of the 3rd, hitting his 19th home run of the year to cut the lead in half.
Chris Tillman tried his hardest not to implode in the 6th, but a 2-run homer to Andrelton Simmons ended his return to the rotation. Tillman went 4 1/3 innings allowing four runs and a season high six walks.
In the bottom of the 6th, Jonathan Schoop drove in two with a RBI single to cut the Angels lead to 4-3. Mark Trumbo later drove in the tying run on a ground-rule double to draw even with the Angels at 4-4.
Parker Bridwell, a former Oriole, went 5+ innings allowing four runs (3 ER) on six hits.
Pinch hitter Cameron Maybin knocked in the winning run for the Angels in the 8th to go ahead 5-4, a lead that would hold for the remainder of the game.
The Orioles made some noise in the 9th, but Bud Norris closed out the game. Angels win game three 5-4.
What an absolute disaster of a series for the Orioles. It took Manny Machado going insane on Friday to keep them from getting swept at home. The Angels, who ranked 13th in home runs in the AL coming into the series, hit 11 homers off Orioles pitching. That's not good. Any signs of hope for going on a run to the postseason have been squashed by the last 13 games, where the O's have gone a lousy 5-8. The Athletics come to town for a three game set on Monday, so maybe it's not totally over for the 2017 Orioles, but it's not looking good right now.