Reid Detmers provided his own birthday present by absolutely dominating the Orioles. 6 shutout innings, a career high 7ks, only 2 hits allowed. Probably the best indicator of his night is 11. He retired 11 consecutive Orioles in one stretch.
Mike Trout remembered he’s in Baltimore and did what he usually does in Camden Yards (a place I’m dying to visit). 3-4, 2 singles, a stolen base, and this bomb.
It was a birthday of sorts for Trout as well with today being the 11th anniversary of his first MLB game. 11th? Yep,
That was about it for the offense. The team stranded quite a few base runners but couldn’t score. They should have, they just didn’t.
But the defense flashed some serious leather tonight.
Jose Quijada tried to give the lead back. Single, walk, single and an ill advised throw home by Marsh made it 3-1 in the 7th with runners at the corners and no outs.
Back to back strikeouts of Nevin’s son and Robinson Chirinos set up a dramatic showdown between Quijada and Baltimore savior Adley Rutschman. A long at bat ended with another K.
A 2 on 2 out rally in the top of the 8th wasn’t fruitful and the game stayed at 3-1 going to the bottom half of the inning.
A lead off double by Cedrick Mullins off Ryan Tepera brought the tying run to the plate. Fly out by Mancini moved Mullins to third. Single by Mountcastle made it 3-2. K by Hays made it 2 outs. K by Santander and the threat was over.
Ohtani provided some breathing room with a moon shot to dead center to make it 4-2.
Iglesias came in looking for the save but blew it. A 2 out single by long time Angels nemesis Rougned Odor brought Adley to the plate as the tying run. He came through with an RBI double. 4-3 Baltimore.
Mullins lined a 1-2 pitch for a game tying single. A passed ball loved him to third. Mancini walked it off with a single.
2023 Angels everyone.