Beware the struggling team: The Orioles were hoping they were getting to Anaheim at just the right time, since the Angels entered the series in a 3-10 slump. Of course, the trouble with slumping teams is that they have to break out at some point – especially contending teams that have the likes of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols at the heart of their batting order. The Angels already had started to come out of it in a series victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Orioles pitchers can't close the door: It happened again on Friday night. Kevin Gausman was cruising along when Jonathan Schoop lined a two-run home run into the left-field bleachers to give the Orioles a two-run lead in the fourth. So, what happens? Gausman proceeds to walk the first two Angels batters in the next half-inning and both walks turn into runs to tie the game. It was an all-too-familiar scenario for the Orioles rotation, which has had trouble coming up with a shutdown inning after the offense puts up a crooked number.
Gausman needs an out pitch: I'll take Jim Palmer's word for it. Gausman needs to develop a pitch that can get batters to swing out of the strike zone. He's got great velocity but the Angels took advantage of his inconsistent command inside the square at all the wrong moments. He'll get there, but he's not there yet.
Garcia gets an inning: Rule 5 draftee Jason Garcia made his first major league appearance since May 10 and pitched a scoreless eighth. He walked a batter and buzzed Mike Trout up and in, but got Albert Pujols to bounce into a force play to get out of the inning. He's apparently going to be the mop-up guy in the bullpen and needs to pitch well enough to hold his roster spot until rosters expand on Sept. 1.
Another opportunity lost: The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays and again the Orioles were unable to take advantage of an opportunity to inch closer to the division leaders. The O's have won nine of their past 13 games and gained only one game on New York. This game was winnable, but the Orioles gave up too many two-out RISP hits and got too many guys thrown out on the bases.