Baltimore Orioles fall to Angels in Hellickson’s second outing
The Baltimore Orioles fall one game below .500 in their second game against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Baltimore Orioles bats were working and Jeremy Hellickson kept Mike Trout quiet at the plate, but the team just couldn’t score enough runs.
Jeremy Hellickson pitched well, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out nine and walked one. Not one Angel went yard against him. Holding a team to three runs in a game should result in a win, but the offense just couldn’t convert hits into runs.
By the time the game was over, the Orioles left seven runners on base. Since there were only eight hits total, converting them to runs was an issue.
The other issue was Parker Bridwell. The former Orioles pitcher was on a mission to defeat his former teammates, even if he claims that wasn’t the case. In an article from the Los Angeles Times, Curtis Zupke reported Bridwell saying about the win against the O’s:
"“Obviously, it’s a little bit sweeter, but I had to execute my pitches just like a normal start, and luckily I came out and I did that. It worked in my favor.”"
He also had help from the speedy Cameron Maybin, who made a diving catch to prevent Manny Machado from getting on base in the busy fifth inning. Machado was the last out of the inning, which saw the first three batters get on base. Caleb Joseph provided the only RBI of the inning as his single scored Tim Beckham. Joseph was waiting on second when Machado’s hit his hard line drive to left field.
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The two teams remained tied at one run until the Angels scored two in the bottom of the seventh. After Hellickson put the first two batters on base with singles to left field, a mound visit didn’t help. Hellickson gave up two more hits that scored the two runners. Showalter replaced Hellickson with Darren O’Day and in his usual style O’Day faced the minimum and kept the bases clean.
The O’s fought back in the ninth, but it just wasn’t enough. After Beckham and Seth Smith both struck out, Joseph hit his seventh home run of the season to make the score 2-3. Joey Rickard recorded the last out of the game when he popped up on a 3-1 count.
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Bridwell got the win and Hellickson recorded the out. After this outing, it is clear that the Angels won that trade. They got a 26-year-old pitcher who has recorded a 3.00 ERA in 66 innings of work and the O’s got some cash. Bridwell has pitched in 11 games for the Angels and the team has 10 wins out of those games.