Friday, July 6, 2012
3 up, 3 down: Orioles 3, Angels 2
By Blair Angulo
ANAHEIM -- All-Stars Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each cranked solo home runs to supply the firepower Friday night, but it was all the Angels managed in a 3-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Fellow All-Star C.J. Wilson (9-5) absorbed his first loss since May 17. The Angels had won each of his previous eight starts.
Milestone. With his opposite-field blast in the fourth inning Trumbo became the fastest to 50 career home runs in franchise history. It took him 232 career games to reach the milestone, breaking the old mark set by Tim Salmon (245 games).
Rehab. Manager Mike Scioscia surely was interested in what took place on a mound nearly 700 miles away from Angel Stadium. Right-hander Jerome Williams (chest) was solid in his second rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake City, giving up two earned runs and striking out seven in six innings. If Friday's performance was any indication, Williams will be ready to rejoin the rotation after the All-Star break.
Leather. On a night when fans received a poster commemorating Trout's acrobatic catch in Baltimore, it was shortstop Erick Aybar showing off his slick defensive skills. The reigning gold glove winner made a diving catch to rob Adam Jones of a hit in the first and, an inning later, made a Derek Jeter-esque throw to Albert Pujols from deep in the hole to retire Wilson Betemit.
Location, location, location. After walking Mark Reynolds to put two on with no outs in the fifth, Wilson tried to sneak a 3-and-2 fastball by Steve Pearce but couldn't. Pearce turned on the inside pitch and hooked it toward the left-field foul pole for a three-run homer. It was all the Orioles would need.
Baffled. The Angels mustered only three hits off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez, a former Angels minor leaguer who was taken from the organization via the Rule 5 draft in 2008. Gonzalez pitched seven innings, the lone mistake coming to Trumbo in the fourth. He struck out six Angels and earned his first career victory.
Kendrick, with a K. Second baseman Howie Kendrick saw his 10-game hitting streak end. He struck out swinging his first two times up and then bounced into an inning-ending double play in the seventh.