The Angels scored six runs in the first two innings and Shohei Ohtani three-hit the Orioles offense as the Angels completed the sweep and sent the Orioles to their seventh straight loss.
The Orioles promoted Hector Velazquez to provide some long relief insurance.
Orioles Lineup vs RHP Shohei Ohtani (3-1, 5.20)
- Dwight Smith Jr. – LFHanser Alberto – 2B
- Andrew Velazquez – 2B
- Austin Hays – CF
- Renato Nunez – 1B
- Anthony Santander – RF
- Chance Sisco – DH
- Pedro Severino – C
- Rio Ruiz – 3B
- Jose Iglesias – SS
Starting Pitcher – Tommy Milone (2-2, 5.57)
Well you didn’t think it would take long for someone to hit a homer off Orioles pitching did you? Justin Upton took care of some kind slop offering from Tommy Milone to launch a 4000ft home run to left to give the Angels a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Without getting an out, the soon to be released Milone allowed four runs including a three-run homer. Brandon Hyde can just stand at the top of the simulation dugout steps and shake it head at this kind of ineptitude. Simulation Mike Elias can be seen literally viewing the waiver wire looking for any kind of help and realizing his signing of Milone was an utter and complete failure.
Hyde though was like, “You know what, I don’t care if your ERA gets to 30.00, I can’t burn out the shambles that I call a bullpen so your’re staying out there Milone.”
Maybe realizing he was close to spending tomorrow on his couch, Milone actually settled down and shut down the Angels for five straight innings, but Angels starter Shohei Ohtani was sitting the Orioles offense down like they were little leaguers so the Orioles were still down 6-0 in the bottom of the 8th when Hyde took Milone out and brought in Cole Sulser. Give Milone credit, for as bad as he was early on, he ended up going seven innings and saving the pen.
Ohtani though was the star of the game as he tossed a complete game three-hit shutout, striking out eight of the flailing, failing Orioles.
The Orioles have now lost seven straight, and fallen to 9-15 and were swept on their six game road trip. During the seven game skid, the Orioles have been outscored an amazing 55-12.
It might be time to thank the Corona virus for stopping the Orioles from losing 100 games three years in a row in real life as this team appears awful in just about all aspects.
Orioles Player of the Game: You the reader (Anyone who is still reading this utter disaster, props to you.)
Minor League Highlights
Norfolk loss 3-9 (6-8)
Following along with the big league club, the Tides lost their 4th straight with another poor starting pitching performance, this time by Keegan Akin (4.61) who allowed six runs, three earned in 3.2 IP. 1B Taylor Jones (.354) went 2-for-3 with a 2B and HR (2) and DH Taylor Davis (.406) went 2-for-4 with a HR to lead the offense. Ryan Mountcastle (.213) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and is mired in a 1-for-21 slump with 9 Ks and 1 BB.
Bowie loss 1-4 (7-6)
What, you expected a win? The best thing about doing the recap of this simulation is I’m forced to look up new words to describe failure and losing. Kyle Bradish (8.31) allowed four runs on four runs, three earned, on four hits and four walks while striking out six in 4.2 IP. Jordan Kipper (0.00) did toss 3.1 shutout innings of relief.
Keys lost 6-5 (10 inn) (5-9)
Well it took 10 innings, but an Orioles affiliated team won a game, which shocked me as much as anyone. Gray Fenter (6.75) struck out nine in 5.2 shutout innings in his best start of the year. Johnny Rizer (.286) went 2-for-4 with a HR (2) and JC Encarnacion (.255) hit his 3rd homer of the year to lead the offense.
Delmarva win 2-8 (5-9)
Dallas Litscher (5.60) allowed six runs on four hits, but six walks in just 4.2 IP to take his 3rd loss. SS Darrell Hernaiz (.103) went 0-for-4 and has been overwhelmed by SALLY League pitching so far.