Orioles pull off an amazing rally to leave the Angels 5-4

This Orioles team never says die. If you take anything away from this summary, it should be it. The 2022 Orioles Never. To say. Die.

Down 3-0 after six innings and 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Orioles showed what this team is all about in 2022 with their 5-4 win over the Angels. Roughed Odor was the Orioles to the last out – he went into left field. Adleyrutschman was down until his last strike – he doubled to over-tear Rougy. Not to be outdone by the rookie, Cedric Mullins laced up a two-strike hit of his own down the middle to bring Adley home. Then Trey Mancini – the ultimate Never Say Die player, cancer tamer and baseball wrecker – shot a 3-2 slider over Brandon Marsh’s head on the left, scoring mullins and sending Birdland into blissful chaos.

This team seemed lifeless early on, barely scraping together a pair of hits in six innings. They weaved through hanging breaking balls and swung at incredibly high fastballs. Not to mention getting Mike Trouted on the tune of 3-5 with a three-run homer in the third. Oh, and last but not least, Shohei Ohtani hit a mammoth shot to center in ninth place for an Angels insurance run. This author had a whole lot prepared where he talked about how sometimes one team has Mike Trout and the other team doesn’t – and that’s the difference.

Only that wasn’t the case on Friday night. Cedric Mullins was the difference. Adleyrutschman was the difference. The Orioles’ bullpen, throwing five innings of a one-run ball to keep this team in it, was the difference. Trey Mancini was the difference. It’s 2022 and the Orioles made differences – plural – and they showed it in abundance on Friday.

The ninth-inning exploits obscure even what was a multi-inning comeback effort. Ramon Urias drove into Austin Hays to flatten the Orioles’ first heat in the seventh. Adley struck out with Anthony Santander in third to finish the same inning, but his substitution from the bench would still pay huge in the end.

Mullins then doubled to take the eighth lead, then came home to score on a single from Ryan Mountcastle. Yes, Mountcastle – representing the tie – was stranded in second place. But as the wise philosopher Linkin Park once said, “In the end, it doesn’t matter.”

And now, to recap the less important, early part of the game:

Early on, Trout and other starters made life difficult for Tyler Wells. The right-hander came in with a 1.89 ERA but clearly didn’t have his best stuff on Friday night. It didn’t help that the Angels excelled at taking pitches that Wells put on the outside of the plate and sending them the other way. The two walks and numerous three-ball counts resulted in Wells becoming the first Orioles starter without a record in over a week, going out in the fifth inning.

Angels starter Reid Detmers had things rolling and made a great start for the Halos. After throwing a no-hitter against the Rays in May, Detmers has had significant problems ever since. A 5.67 ERA in his last six starts earned Detmers a downgrade to AAA. After just one (dominant) start in the small classes, he made it back to the big classes on his 23rd birthday. Maybe Detmers just likes to play against the AL East because he’s cruising against the O’s again.

After allowing Mancini a single in the first inning, Detmers went through the next 14 Orioles without allowing another hit. He finished the evening with six scoreless innings, two shots allowed and seven Ks. Detmers relied heavily on his slider throughout the night and used it as his primary off-speed offering. When he came into play, Detmers had thrown his slider 16.5% of the time — it was nearly 40% sliders on Friday. Of the 36 sliders he threw, only 7 came into play.

To make matters worse, the Orioles struggled against good pitching AND bad luck against Detmers. The Orioles had five balls with exit velocities in excess of 100 MPH against the left-hander. Three of them had expected batting averages above .700. Only one of those batted balls was a hit. The Angels, by comparison, were 4-6 on balls hit over 100 MPH – including Trout’s home run.

However, all that luck turned around when it mattered, and the Orioles are now on their first six-game winning streak since 2020. As I said to one of our commenters on Friday night’s game thread: This is the Orioles 2022, we always stay positive until the very end. Friday the Birds provided perhaps her greatest justification for this way of thinking yet. What a team. What a season. What a future. Never say die, Orioles fans, and let’s do it again on Saturday.

opinion poll

Who was the most Birdland player on July 8th?

  • fifteen%

    Cedric Mullins

    (65 votes)

  • 11%

    Adley traction man

    (49 votes)

  • 25%

    The metropolitan area of ​​the Orioles

    (108 votes)

A total of 429 votes

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