It would suck to watch the Orioles every day, wouldn’t it?
Alex Cobb of the 5.09 ERA is starting, you’re familiar with his repertoire, you just crushed the hopes and dreams of a youth in the previous night with your offense before getting shut down personally by Shohei Ohtani, and you have a gameplan to stop the Ohtaminator by walking him enough to make Trout jealous. This game, at least, is yours.
Enter the defense. Pedro Severino can’t make a pitch in the zone look like a strike to save his life and frustrates the crap out of Jorge Lopez. The middle infield fails to pull off multiple double play opportunities despite the starting pitching doing his job.
Not that any of the Orioles’ woes in the bottom halves of each inning mattered. Not when Alex Cobb did not come to freaking play. It is hard to believe that this is the same guy who had given up 5 or more runs in 3 of his last 4 appearances, suffering from a BABIP Against of basically .350.
The Angels got 2.65 FIP and 3.26 SIERA Alex Cobb instead tonight. They got 10.70 K/9, 2.89 BB/9, 0.51 HR/9 Alex Cobb on the mound against the Baltimore Orioles. They had a dude pitching, and it wasn’t even fair. Alex went 7.2 innings, threw 112 pitches, and only allowed 4 hits and 1 run before getting pulled, earning some thunderous applause from stadium-goers.
The offense backed up one of the most impressive outings by an Angel pitcher all season enough in the first inning alone, when Fletcher, Ohtani, and Rendon all reached to lead off the inning. Jared Walsh and Phil Gosselin would single and ground into a fielder’s choice to make it 2-0. Those same two would also combine to plate the fourth run in the 5th inning, but not before a Lagares RBI double in the 2nd.
Fast forward back up to the end and Raisel Iglesias continued his torrid stretch by just blowing it by the punchless O’s.
Ohtani was held to a mere THREE walks today, and no one hit a single homer somehow. I understand that this might be hard to accept. Instead, please appreciate this Jo Adell bomb from earlier today.
h/t to Brent Maguire for the postgame image