The Baltimore Orioles’ offensive output in last night’s game in Anaehim came from Caleb Joseph. And when I say it came from Caleb Joseph, I mean exclusively from Caleb Joseph. Oriole bats were silent, but in essence so were the bats of Anaheim. It was a pitcher’s duel, and the O’s were outlasted.
Jeremy Hellickson turned in a quality start for the Orioles, albeit in a losing effort. Hellickson’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 9 K. It’s tough to be critical when your starter turns in numbers and an effort like that. However that’s where your bats need to step up for you, and the Orioles were unable to do that last night.
Anaheim’s Cron smakced an RBI-single in the second inning, giving them a 1-0 lead. Caleb Joseph would do the same on the Orioles’ behalf in the fifth, which tied the game. He plated Beckham – who yes was on base yet again. Beckham’s a guy that a lot of people questioned when the Orioles traded for him. But he’s left little doubt that he’s been the right man for the organization.
Valbuena would give Anaheim the lead back in the last of the seventh with an RBI-double, and Cron would add an additional RBI-single. Jospeh would homer in the ninth to bring the Orioles to within 3-2, however they were unable to tie the game up past that. At the end of the day, you’re only as good as the sum of all your parts in any given day. On this night the pitching was definitely there, but the bats were not.
Buck Showalter was very complimentary of Hellickson after the game in his postgame comments, highlighting how difficult it can be to pitch on the road against a good team (quote coutesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):
Good. He was outstanding. Pitching on the road, tough lineup, team that’s playing real well. I can’t find anything to fault him with. Even that last inning, some well-placed balls that are usually outs. Simmons hit a ball hard, that’s about it. Darren did a great job to get out of that inning.
The Orioles will attempt to take the series in this afternoon’s series finale in Anaheim. Kevin Gausman heads to the mound for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Anaheim’s Troy Scribner. Game time is set for just after 3:30 PM this afternoon.