Angels over Orioles 1-0

Game Played on 5/16/2018 5:30 PM at Dean3
Results were reported on 5/17/2018 9:11 PM
GameID: 16592

Pitching for Angels Pitching for Orioles
NameAgePitch Count
Frank Goppel1249
Zacharu Bowley1238
Maxwell Walther1227
NameAgePitch Count
Yuta Sasaki1232
Joshua Hamm1225
Ryan Keddy1142

On a cool Wednesday evening at Dean 3, the Angels and Orioles faced off in an AL tilt.  Both teams battled to the end in a tight game with a fantastic finish.

The Orioles started Yuta Sasaki on the hill, and the Angels loaded the bases with one out on a walk to Connor Mudd, a single by Joey Guidotti, and Frank Goppel reached on an error.  But Sasaki, changing speeds effectively, struck out the last two batters to end the threat.  The Angels countered with fireballer Guidotti who retired the side in order. 

Both pitchers worked another scoreless frame in the second inning.  In the top of the third, the Angels got a man on board against veteran reliever Josh Hamm but were kept off the board again.  The inning was highlighted by two defensive gems: a fine backhanded play by second baseman Patrick Kane and a running stab of a line drive by right fielder Luke Harington.  Guidotti worked around a couple of walks in the bottom half and kept the Orioles from scoring. 

The Angels again went quietly in the top of the fourth.  The Angels went to the bullpen for southpaw RZ Bowley in the fourth.  A walk to Matt Raffi and a single by Andrew Peris had the Orioles in business, but a caught stealing in the inning helped Bowley to work out of the jam.  At the end of four it was still a scoreless game.

In the top of the fifth, the Angels got something going with a one out walk to Brad Reynolds.  After a fielder’s choice, Mark Ishkanian doubled to right field to put runners on second and third with two outs.  But Orioles reliever Ryan Keddy showed calmness under pressure and got the final out without allowing a run.  The Orioles got a rally going in their half of the fifth.  Two walks to Kane and Landan Gray started the inning.  But after giving up a single by James Troy to load the bases, Angels reliever Max Walther put the fire out by retiring the last two batters of the inning.  Still scoreless after five full! 

Finally, the Angels broke through in the top of the sixth.  Bowley doubled down the line in left field and advanced to third base on the throw.  He would score on a wild pitch for the game’s first run.  The Orioles were not going to hand this one away without a fight.  Asher Huang reached on an error to start the inning.  After a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch, the Orioles had a runner at second with two out.  Peris hit a ball to deep short that was bobbled by Mudd, but he gathered himself and threw a strike to home plate to nail the runner at home for the game’s final out.  Final score: Angels 1, Orioles 0. 

This was an incredibly well played game by both teams.  Great defense and super plays were made in pressure situations.  It’s a shame that somebody had to lose.  Hats off to the Orioles for a great game and the rematch should be another classic.