The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looked like they would fall to the Baltimore Orioles in another low scoring affair until just prior to stretch time at Camden Yards, as they put a bold SIX runs on the board in the top of the seventh, and avoided a sweep with a 9-5 win.
The Baltimore crowd saw a little bit of everything as both teams combined for ten extra-base hits, four of which left the yard, and three errors.
Three Orioles had multi-hit days; Nate McClouth with a pair of singles and the great young talent Manny Machado, who had a double, were two of the three, but they weren’t as impressive as the third, Chris Davis. Davis was able to crank his 21st home run of the season on a first pitch from Jerome Williams in the 4th. Davis’ other hit was a double, also his 21st in the statistic. He is really making his push as a Most Valuable Player candidate.
Hank Conger hit his fourth home run of the season, but it was more than just that. The ball hit by Conger landed on Eutaw Street, outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. That is only the 69th time in Camden Yards history that a ball has left the park and hit Eutaw Street, which proves that Conger’s solo shot was smashed!
The highlight of the game for the Angels was a six run seventh inning. After a pair of single, walk, and separate single from Alberto Callaspo, Brad Hawpe, and Hank Conger, Erick Aybar stepped into the batter’s box. On a 2-1 count, Aybar sent a pitch to right center clearing the bases. As Aybar was sliding into third for a triple, the throw from the relay man (Ryan Flaherty) went slightly wild, and Aybar was able to score, giving the Angels four runs on the play and a two-run lead.
The scoring wasn’t done in the seventh. Albert Pujols found a changeup to his liking and sent it over the fences for a two-run shot, giving the Angels a total six runs in the top of the seventh. The shot was Pujols’ 11th of the season, and he wasn’t done, as in his final at bat, he hit his 14th double of the season, giving him an impressive 3-for-5 day.
Final Score from Baltimore, Maryland:
Angels, 9 Orioles, 5
W – Jerome Williams (5-2, 3.15)
L – Pedro Strop (0-3, 7.58)
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