Defensive Plays Not Enough For Angels In Loss To The Orioles

In almost an identical match to last night’s affair, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3-2, in a defensive web gem style of a night.

Mike Trout went back-to-back days with a solo home run, today in the fourth inning, for his 12th of the season, and eighth of his career against the Orioles. Trout only went 1-for-4 on the day, but was victim to two defensive plays, possibly robbing him of a potential 3-for-4 day.

The Orioles’ offense came mostly from the bat Nick Markakis who had a 2-for-4 day with a pair of RBIs that came on a two-out single in the bottom of seventh giving the Orioles’ what would be the winning runs. Not only did Markakis have the best night from offensive players from both teams, but also had a spectacular leaping catch in foul territory in the top of the sixth, on a Mike Trout pop fly.

The night was filled with great defensive plays from a few separate players. Mark Trumbo had a great backhanded sliding catch, Markakis had his great foul territory leaping nab that I mentioned prior, Manny Machado had his diving stop (on Mike Trout), but nothing topped Peter Bourjos.

Last season, Mike Trout made one of the greatest defensive plays in the history of the game possibly against J.J. Hardy at Camden Yards, and today Hardy had to be thinking to himself, “you gotta be kidding me?” Hardy sent one to the deepest part of the park, and Peter Bourjos leaped and caught the ball a good three-feet over the center field fences for what could be the best defensive play so far this season. Bourjos is back in center for the Angels, and is making his statement of why he plays in that position.

Angels southpaw starter, Jason Vargas, had a quality outing, even though he picked up the loss, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits, and only earning three runs.

Opposite Vargas was Miguel Gonzalez, who had a spectacular outing. Gonzalez allowed just four hits, and one run over his 8.0 innings on the mound, gave one guy a free pass to first, and sent five back to the bench by way of the K.

Final Score from Baltimore, Maryland:

Angels, 2    Orioles, 3

W – Miguel Gonzalez (4-2, 3.71)

L – Jason Vargas (5-4, 3.74)

S – Jim Johnson (23, 4.31)


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