Baltimore Orioles snap 19-game losing streak, outlast Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

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Orioles rock Shohei Ohtani, snap 19-game losing streak just short of dubious history

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Camden Yards was the scene of one of those moments on Wednesday.

The Baltimore Orioles are the worst team in baseball. They entered the day riding a 19-game losing streak, two short of the longest such streak in AL history. They were taking on the Los Angeles Angels and pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani, who's remarkable season is being called by some the best in baseball history

So go ahead and ink in loss No. 20 in a row, right?

Orioles hitters knocked Ohtani out after five innings and rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure a 10-6 win, putting an end to their run to baseball ignominy while snapping a four-game winning streak by Ohtani.

Things got off to a bad start for Ohtani, who entered the game 5-0 on the mound with a 1.58 ERA in his previous six starts. Outfielder Cedric Mullins sent Ohtani's first pitch over the centerfield wall to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. 

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER WITH A FIRST-PITCH SHOW! pic.twitter.com/7qZs1WX9eI

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 25, 2021

Two batters later, outfielder Anthony Santander got ahold of another Ohtani pitch, sending it into the right-field bleachers to extend Baltimore's lead to 2-0.

Tony Taters has the best OPS in the American League in the month of August. pic.twitter.com/SQEuAMYBTe

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 25, 2021

By the time Ohtani's night on the mound was done, he'd given up three home runs and four earned runs through five innings. He didn't fare much better at the plate, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. But he was still in line for the win after five with the Angels holding a 6-4 lead. 

A monster eighth inning by Baltimore ensured that he wouldn't pick up a cheap win. The Orioles loaded the bases with their first three batters against reliever Jake Petricka. After Angels relievers walked in two runs to give the Orioles a 7-6 lead, outfielder Austin Hays entered the game as a pinch hitter. And he did this.

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— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 26, 2021

That's a two-run double off of reliever James Hoyt that extended Baltimore's lead to 9-7 and gave the scattered Camden Yard faithful hope they might actually get a return on their investment of time and ticket money. An insurance run before the end of the eighth and a 1-2-3 inning by Baltimore reliever Tyler Wells in the top of the ninth ensured that they would. 

Reasons to celebrate Orioles baseball are few and far between. Here's hoping Baltimore's soaking this one in.

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Angels add 3 pitchers to injured list, including 2 to COVID list

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The Angels shuffled their pitching staff on Wednesday by placing three more pitchers – including two of their five starters – on the injured list.

Only Dylan Bundy, however, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a specific injury, a right shoulder strain. Manager Joe Maddon said after the game that Bundy was evaluated in Baltimore, and he had heard that the initial reports were encouraging.

“The original look at it was that it wouldn’t be so bad,” Maddon said.

The Angels also put starter Reid Detmers and reliever Austin Warren on the injured list, with no listed injury. The Angels also have reliever José Marte on the injured list without a specific injury.

All three are on the COVID-related injured list.

“The virus is one of those things that nobody can see, and obviously nobody’s immune,” Maddon said. “Getting vaccinated is the most important thing. Obviously, I want to believe, we want to believe that we’re doing the protocol things correctly. … Hopefully we got everything under control, but we’ll know more within the next couple days.”

Players can return as soon as they clear the COVID protocols, rather than being out a specific number of days.

In the meantime, the Angels will need to figure out who will start on Friday and Saturday against the San Diego Padres at Angel Stadium. They currently have just three healthy starters: Shohei Ohtani, Jaime Barria and José Suarez. Ohtani pitched on Wednesday night and Barria is scheduled for Thursday’s series finale.

The moves allowed the Angels to bring up two relievers, veteran right-hander Jake Petricka and right-hander Elvis Peguero.

Peguero, 24, was one of the pitchers the Angels received from the New York Yankees in the Andrew Heaney deal at the deadline. He started the season at Class A and has now been promoted three times.

Peguero has a 2.79 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 51-2/3 innings across three minor league levels this season.

“Big arm, sinker-slider guy, kind of intimidating looking fella,” Maddon said. “The high end of his stuff is something we haven’t seen.”

Peguero is the second newly acquired pitcher to be recalled by the Angels, joining Marte. He pitched two innings in his big league debut on Friday.

Maddon said the Angels need to “take advantage of this moment” to get a look at the young pitchers so they can have a better idea of how they could help in the long term.

Petricka, 33, is not a prospect, though. He has pitched parts of seven seasons in the majors, not since 2019. The Angels signed him to a minor-league deal earlier this summer.

From 2013-15, he had a 3.24 ERA over 144-1/3 innings with the Chicago White Sox.

Barria has come back to earth after an encouraging three starts.

Barria has allowed eight earned runs in five innings in his last two games. He had allowed five earned runs in 19-2/3 innings in his first three starts.

Part of the issue is that his velocity has declined.

In his eye-opening July 25 start at Minnesota, Barria averaged 94.1 mph with his fastball, which was up from his previous big-league stints. Since then, his average has been below 93 mph each game.

“His fastball that first game we saw him here was really good,” Maddon said. “And it hasn’t shown up that way since. Nothing wrong with him. We’ve just got to see if we can get that out of him somehow.”

Maddon also said Barria has fallen behind in the count too much, which has impacted his ability to use his slider.

Outfielder Justin Upton (calf) was not in the lineup on Wednesday, but Maddon was hopeful that he would be available to pinch-hit. …

The third player the Angels called up to replace the three pitchers was utilityman Kean Wong, who adds to their bench depth while Upton is dealing with the calf issue. …

Maddon said so far the Angels “haven’t spoken about” a call up for Triple-A infielder Mike Stefanic, “but I anticipate that it will (be discussed).” Stefanic is hitting .346 with a .955 OPS for Salt Lake. A 25-year-old undrafted free agent, Stefanic hit .345 with an .843 OPS at Double-A before earning a promotion.

Angels (RHP Jaime Barria, 2-2, 5.87 ERA) at Orioles (LHP Keegan Akin, 0-8, 7.92), Thursday, 10:10 a.m., Bally Sports West, 830 AM

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