Angels shellack reeling Orioles (sim) 13-1

Photo Craig Landefeld

It was not a start Kohl Stewart will likely want to remember as he was bombarded for eight runs on seven hits and four walks as the Angels trounced the Orioles 13-1. The Orioles have no lost five straight.

Orioles Lineup vs RHP Jacob Barnes (opener) (2-0, 3.00)

  1. Rio Ruiz – 3B
  2. DJ Stewart – DH
  3. Austin Hays – CF
  4. Dwight Smith Jr. – LF
  5. Renato Nunez – 1B
  6. Anthony Santander – CF
  7. Pedro Severino – C
  8. Hanser Alberto – 2B
  9. Jose Iglesias – SS

Starting Pitcher – Cole Stewart (0-1, 1.50)

Making his first start with the Orioles, Cole Stewart struggled with his command through the first two innings but got out of several jams to keep the Angels off the board.

In the 3rd though, the Angels finally got to him when Matt Joyce smacked a two-out, two-run double to put the Angels up 2-0. Justin Upton followed that up with a right center blast to make it 4-0.

In the bottom of the 4th, the Angels loaded the bases against Stewart without him retiring a batter, bringing out manager Brandon Hyde. Probably not wanting to destroy his bullpen, Hyde decided to stick with his struggling starter. Stewart struck out Rendon, but then an EBI single and wild pitch to score a run ended his disastrous outing.

Hyde brought in Wilmer Font who allowed a deep sacrifice fly to Mike Trout, walked a batter, then allowed Upton to hit one about 9 miles into the left field stands for his 2nd homer of the game and the Angels a 10-0 lead.

The Angels beat around Font some more in the 5th but Hyde wasn’t budging, but Font “twisted” his ankle and had to come out. Some think it looked like Font knew he had nothing and was using any excuse to get out of the game. Hyde brought in David Hess in the hopes he could eat some innings in this embarrassing blowout.

Have I mentioned the Orioles have one hit in this game so far? Fun times for sure. Nothing like having to fake game report on a sim when your team is absolutely sucking it up. Fun times indeed.

Fresh off missing a few days, and perhaps frustrated with his teams awful performance today, Austin Hays collected the Orioles second hit of the day in the top of the 7th, by taking a Patrick Sandoval (who had dominated the O’s offense since replacing the opener) fastball and depositing it 442 feet over the cent field fence.

The Angels added a run off Hess in the 7th to make it 13-1 and that’s how this disaster ended.

“Let’s just turn the page and come back tomorrow,” Hyde said after the game. “We’ll obviously need to make some moves to help with our pitching depth. We just didn’t get it done tonight.

After winning six straight, the Orioles have now lost five straight and fallen into last place with a 9-13 record. The Orioles have been outscored 39-10 over the last five games.

Orioles Player of the Game: Austin Hays (1-for-4, 442 ft HR (7))

After Game Moves

After the game the Orioles placed Wilmer Font on the 15-day injured list with a strained ankle and recalled Glenn Sparkman from Norfolk. Sparkman was acquired for Mason Williams last week.

Minor League Highlights

Norfolk loss 3-5 (6-6)

Ryan Mountcastle hit a 452 ft solo home run (3) and DH Taylor Davis went 3-for-3, but Dean Kremer (5.74) allowed three runs on just two hits but six walks in five innings. He struck out three.

Bowie loss 8-9 (6-5)

DL Hall (5.87) continues his poor AA season so far, allowing three runs on five walks and five hits in just 5.1 IP. 3B Angelo Mora (2), Brian Hicklin (1) and Brett Cumberland (2) all homered for the Baysox. The Baysox bullpen allowed five runs in the bottom of the 9th to take the loss with Luis Ortiz allowing three runs without retiring a batter.

Keys loss 2-6 (10 inn) (4-8)

Drew Rom was wild, but solid allowing two earned runs on four hits and four walks over 5.2 IP. Felix Bautista allowed four runs in the top of the 10th for the loss.

Delmarva lost 5-7 (4-8)

Starter Zach Peek (5.40) was smacked around for five runs on eight hits in just four innings of work. CF Zach Watson (.244) went 3-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases (4) and RF Kyle Stowers went 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs batted in to pace the offense.

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