Angels have wings, so they’re sort of like birds. The Orioles were in town on cooler bag night. Bird fight!
Reid Detmers got through the first inning with no ball going beyond the infield and no runs scoring. Cedric Mullins struck out on a bunt attempt. The Angels turned around and made sideout on a mere seven pitches.
A walk and a single put men at second and third for the Orioles in the second. Robinson Chirinos then beat the shift for a two run single. For the Angels, Taylor Ward hit a one out single but Matt Duffy erased that by hitting into an inning ending double play. 2-0 Orioles.
The Orioles did nothing in the third. Stassi stuck out, Jo Adell singled, and Andrew Velazquez hit into a double play to end the inning.
Baltimore did nothing in the fourth inning, but neither did the Angels, who struck out in order.
Robinson Chirinos was having a hell of a game at this point. He doubled and advanced to third on a Kelvin Gutierrez ground out. Anthony Rendon got him out on a fielder’s choice at home plate. This Rendon Guy might end up working out after all.
Trey Mancini singled, Ryan Mountcastle singled, and Anthony Santander singled thereby making it 3-0 Orioles. Austin Hayes single to load up the bases. Ramon Urias grounded out to score Ryan Mountcastle. (4-0 Orioles). Robinson Chirinos also got an RBI groundout. (5-0 Orioles). Max Stassi singled and advanced to second on a fielding error by Anthony Santander. Jo Adell and Anthony Velazquez both made out but between them they scored Stassi to make it 5-1 Orioles.
Jorge Mateo singled. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Max Stassi. Mateo did not score.
Trout walked. Anthony Rendon then hit a two run homer to make it 5-3 Orioles. With one out, Matt Duffy singled. Pinch hitter Walsh grounded out to send Duffy to third whereupon Max Stassi popped out to end the inning.
Anthony Santander grounded out. Austin Hayes struck out. Ramon Urias Grounded out. Jo Adell then struck out. Andrew Velazquez singled on a ground ball to third. He seems to be hitting above his grade for the time being.
Now if either Ohtani or Trout can hit a homer the game is tied. If Ohtani can reach safely and Trout hits a homer the Angels have a lead. What happened? Shohei Ohtani grounded into a double play to end the inning. Oops!
The Orioles went three up, three down for the top of the ninth. Mike Trout then singled and went to second on a passed ball. Robinson Chirinos is having a less good game all of a sudden. Anthony Rendon and Taylor Ward made two quick outs to make sure things got interesting. What will pinch hitter Brandon Marsh do? Strike out, that’s what. Game over. Orioles win 5-3.
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