Mike Wright was nothing short of brilliant, mixing in a 97-mph fastball, with a low-90s sinker, and a sharp slider and curve to help the Orioles (16-19) avoid a sweep in a three-game series against the Angels (19-18).
The Orioles' trade with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday that added left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to the bullpen was received with positive reviews in the clubhouse, both for what he does on the mound and what he won't be doing anymore.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman continues to show that he's grown from the flame-throwing pitcher he was in his previous big league stints to a much more polished starter who can use all his pitches to limit damage.
But the timing was perfect for the Orioles, who scored two runs through monsoon-like rain in the bottom of the sixth, then held on following a two-hour, 14-minute rain delay for a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels that was completed just 10 minutes before midnight.
Matthew Byar, a 43-year old Towson resident, made the trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to compete against the likes of Lutherville's Chris Ely, a well-known Baltimore broadcaster who worked at WJZ-TV and WBAL-TV, and Chris Panzarella, a Cockeysville resident and graduate student at Loyola University, for the honor of being the Orioles' new voice.