ANAHEIM – You win some, you lose some. In the case for the Los Angeles Angels, it’s been the prior as opposed to the latter on most occasions for the last month. However, tonight was the latter, as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Angels, 4-2.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis combined for all four runs for the Orioles, having Markakis get a hit, and Jones bringing him home. In the first inning, Markakis lead the game off with a single. Two batters later, Jones found a fastball to his liking, and sent it to the bullpens beyond the left field fences for his 18th home run of the season.
Markakis and Jones liked the result so much, they decided to do it again, but on a larger level. Markakis doubled with one-out in the sixth, and, two batters later, Adam Jones brought him home with an even longer home run, his second of the night, to make the score 4-2.
Adam Jones kept it plain and simple when asked about his performance over the night.
“I mean, I swing. I’m hackin'”
Both home runs came off of Matt Shoemaker, who picked up the loss despite a strong effort.
“It’s really a tough loss for Matt,” said Angels manager, Mike Scioscia. “I thought he threw the ball extremely well. Markakis and Adam Jones really punched their hits together, Adam got a hold of a fastball in the first count, slider he left a little over the plate and really that’s about the few mistakes that Matt made.”
Shoemaker went five and two/third innings of work, while tying his career high in strikeouts with 10, eight by way of the split-finger fastball.
“We didn’t know anything about him,” said Jones. “But, that’s what scouting reports are for. We had an idea of what he throws but nobody has seen him, before. When you go up there, the best way to figure things out is by trial and error.”
Shoemaker retired 15 in a row after the first Jones home run, having nine of his strikeouts coming in that span.
“It’s tough, especially after the first inning,” said Shoemaker. “I settled down and got rolling. That’s just kinda frustrating. You come back from that, get into the sixth inning and then throw a bad pitch to him. It’s frustrating because it effects the outcome of the game.
Opposite of Shoemaker was Bud Norris. Norris was painting corners all night, having six of his seven strikeouts being four-seam fastballs low and away at 95 MPH, just tapping the strike zone. Norris’ teammates took note of his performance, particularly, Adam Jones.
“Bud is a tough son of a… you fill in the blank. I’m glad he’s on our team.”
Norris’ teammates weren’t the only ones impressed by his outing as Angels manager, Mike Scioscia, noted Norris’ performance as well.
“Norris is tough against us, we faced him when he was in Houston. He pitched tough against us then and pitched tough against us tonight. We definitely had some opportunities… We just couldn’t get quite enough going on the base paths to pressure him and he made some good pitches when he had to. He pitched a good game for those guys.”
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
Orioles, 4 Angels, 2
W – Bud Norris (8-6, 3.78)
L – Matt Shoemaker (7-3, 4.54)
S – Zach Britton (17, 1.81)