Baltimore Orioles Daily: Angels walk off after Brad Brach’s nightmare outing

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Just when the Orioles appeared to have the upper hand, a bullpen blunder by Buck Showalter put them back in the loss column.

Baltimore Orioles fans have already experienced their share of disappointments this season, but Tuesday night’s game was downright heartbreaking.

After failing to score in the first eight innings, the Birds got hot in the top of the ninth, plating a pair of runners to tie the game. With shutdown southpaw Richard Bleier on the hill, Baltimore appeared to be headed for extra innings for the first time since April 8.

Instead, Bleier only got to face fellow lefty Kole Calhoun. Buck Showalter displayed his quick hook and called for Brad Brach, whose ERA was over 5 runs higher than Bleier’s minuscule 0.54 mark. The rest of the game was like watching a train wreck in slow motion — Brach gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases, then surrendered another hit to Justin Upton for a Halos walk-off. He failed to record a single out.

Relive the heartbreak for yourself:

The devastating ending put a damper on a game that featured a lot of positives for the Orioles. Alex Cobb delivered his first quality start of the year, and while it was a bad offensive night on the whole, the clutch bats of Manny Machado and Adam Jones kept the Birds in the game until the bitter end.

Now with seven straight road losses, the only thing the team can do is hope that Wednesday’s game goes better. Until then, here’s what you may have missed yesterday.

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