Dateline: Hook Road 1
Again it was a perfect fall evening at Hook Road 1 as the Angels took the field. The O’s starter shut down the Angels in the top of the first. Given that pitchers cannot be used on consecutive days, this game was a test of the Angels bullpen depth. Robbie went to the mound and recorded two quick strikeouts. A couple of runners reached base, but Robbie struck out the last batter to keep the game scoreless after one.
The Angels scored a quick run with a single by Kevin that was misplayed so poorly that he circled the bases. The O’s pitcher settled down and that was the only run of the inning. Robbie came back to the mound and had some control problems and four runs slipped across the plate on a slew of lame walks. In the top of the third, the Angels came storming back. Jonathon was hit by a pitch, Mac and Taylor walked to load the bases. Kevin smashed a shot to left to score two runs. Sadly, that was to end the scoring for the Angels. Mac came on in the bottom of the third and quickly struck out three O’s. With the score at 4-3 and the Angels gathering momentum, the game was called due to darkness.
Coach Grossman again was available only briefly due to urgent preparations for a practice the next day and a game against the feared Indians on Saturday. “I really like how we stayed in this one. Mac looked great today and Kevin looked wonderful yesterday. Robbie had an excellent first inning, so our pitching is starting to show some real depth. I think we’ll be pretty competitive the rest of the season. I also think our bats are about to come alive. Wouldn’t surprise me if we scored eight runs against those Indians on Saturday.” Coach Goldstein said “It was a great game, we were just getting rolling when darkness fell.”
The Angels play Saturday against the Indians when they will try to avenge their prior 8-1 loss.