By Pete Zarustica
The Angels used to have the Rally Monkey to inspire them. Now they’ve got a kind of lucky charm in the form of pitcher Parker Bridwell. He had another outstanding start on Tuesday as the Angels won 3-2 in Anaheim over the Baltimore Orioles to snap a three-game losing skid.
That performance improved Bridwell’s record to 6-1, but the Halos have been fortunate to win nine of 11 games in which he started. The win put the Angels’ record at 56-58. It solidified their grip on third place in the American League West, and moved them within two games of an AL wild card spot.
Bridwell worked seven innings giving up six hits and one run against his former teammates. “At the end of the day, obviously, it’s a little bit sweeter,” Bridwell said of beating the Orioles. “I just had to execute my pitches, just like a normal start. Luckily, I came out and I did that. It worked in our favor. There’s some good friends on that team, and it was fun to compete against them.”
The Angels went ahead 1-0 in the second when C.J. Cron singled home Andrelton Simmons. The O’s countered with a run in the fifth, and the deciding inning was the seventh, when Luis Valbuena doubled home Kole Calhoun and then C.J. Cron singled home Singleton. A ninth inning homer by Caleb Joseph cut the margin to 3-2, but it wasn’t enough.
Simmons and Cron each had two hits for the Halos. Simmons is having a quiet stellar year, batting .302 and performing well in the field. Cameron Maybin was 0-for-4 in the leadoff spot, but saved at least two runs with a diving grab in left field in the fifth inning.
In addition to the win, there was some diversion for the fans as Albert Pujols and then Mike Scioscia were ejected from the game in the sixth inning.
The series with the Orioles wraps up Wednesday with Troy Scribner getting the start for the Angels.