I always look forward to Angels road trip on the east coast. Because I live on the east coast. Game times are more manageable, and don’t have to stay up until a ridiculously late hour just so I can catch the entire game. These road trips also scare me. Because, I live on the east coast, and I am fully aware of how bi-polar the weather can be here. Case in point: Friday in Boston, and tonight in Baltimore.
Even with the forecast giving a bleak outlook for tonight’s game, everything went off as planned, and on time.
Jered Weaver and Freddy Garcia traded zeroes for the first two innings, and then Mike Trout happened in the third. With one out, Trout parked one into the standing room only section of Camden Yards, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead. But Adam Jones answered back in the fourth inning with a two run shot of his own. Josh Hamilton got one back in the sixth inning with a home run of his own, tying up the score at two apiece.
With the rain falling, play continued. And unfortunately at that. Nate McLouth got on base with a bunt single to start the bottom of the sixth. Then, after McLouth stole second, Manny Machado lined what should’ve been a single to right field. Except Hamilton didn’t keep his glove down. The ball skipped passed Josh, McLouth scored, and Machado moved up to second. Two batters later, Adam Jones collected his third RBI of the night when he lifted a sacrifice fly to right, bringing home Machado.
Then came the rain delay. All two hours and 14 minutes of it.
With the game picking back up in the seventh, the Orioles brought in Tommy Hunter. Who, with one out, loaded the bases for the heart of the Angels order. Hamilton grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Chris Iannetta from third. Still one out. Still bases loaded. Albert Pujols followed that up with a strikeout, and Mark Trumbo followed up that with a ground out. So, to recap: Bases loaded, one out, heart of the order coming up. The Angels scored one run…on a fielder’s choice. Your 2013 Los Angeles Angels, everyone.
That was the last time that the Angels would threaten in the game. Darren O’Day and Jim Johnson faced four and three hitters, respectively, to get the last six outs of what turned into a stupid long game.
The Angels will be back at it tomorrow when they send Jason Vargas to the mound to square off with Miguel Gonzalez. Game time is at 4:05 PM PST. Light up the fail-o. Since the eight game winning streak ended, the Angels have gone 4-10. One step forward, two steps back.