Baltimore Orioles vs Los Angeles Angels: 3 takeaways from the Birds’ abysmal series loss

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ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 01: Chance Sisco #15 of the Baltimore Orioles is examined after a collision with teammate Pedro Alvarez #24 in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on May 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)*** Local Caption *** Chance Sisco /

Chance Sisco is one tough kid

Just 33 games into his major league career, catcher Chance Sisco has already proven to be durable — and after a half-decade of watching Matt Wieters behind the plate, it’s a welcome change of pace for O’s fans.

Sisco was chasing a foul pop during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game when his head collided with third baseman Pedro Alvarez’s elbow. The young backstop appeared to be unconscious on the ground, but he eventually sat up and got a nice ovation from the crowd at Angel Stadium. Caleb Joseph replaced him in the game.

Watch the collision for yourself:

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But despite the dramatic scene, the blow to the head didn’t keep Sisco sidelined for long.

He returned to the lineup on Thursday night, and while he didn’t come through with any hits, he looked perfectly comfortable in game duty.

It’s good to see that kind of grit from a player who could be a part of the Orioles’ next generation of stars. A second-round pick in 2013, Sisco has received some love from evaluators, ranking as the game’s 68th-best prospect on the 2018 Baseball America list. He’s hitting just .226/.328/.340 to start the season, but keep in mind that he’s only 23.

The Orioles may be struggling, but even amid a 3-15 stretch, there are reasons to smile. Baltimore has one of the toughest young catchers in the league.

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