IT'S NO MERCY FOR PERCIVAL BLOWN SAVE BLOWS UP WITH ORIOLES GRAND SLAM IN NINTH BALTIMORE 7, ANGELS 4.
Byline: Gabe Lacques Staff Writer
ANAHEIM - It was setting up so splendidly for the Angels on Thursday night. For once, they didn't fall behind early. Ramon Ortiz gave them a consistent start. They got a modicum mod·i·cum
n. pl. mod·i·cums or mod·i·ca
A small, moderate, or token amount: "England still expects a modicum of eccentricity in its artists" Ian Jack. of clutch hitting.
And even though Brendan Donnelly Brendan Kevin Donnelly (b. July 4, 1971 in Washington, D.C.) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher with the Boston Red Sox.
Donnelly had bounced around the minor leagues for 10 seasons after he was drafted in 1992 by the Chicago White Sox before he finally made his gave up his first earned run earned run
A run scored without the aid of an error, used in computing earned run averages.
Noun 1. earned run - a run that was not scored as the result of an error by the other team of the season, the Angels setup man did what he was supposed to do, and that's get the ball to closer Troy Percival Troy Eugene Percival (born August 9, 1969 in Fontana, California) is a Major League Baseball reliever on the St. Louis Cardinals. Percival came out of retirement on June 8, 2007 when he signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals. in the ninth inning.
That's when everything went haywire.
Entrusted with a one-run lead, Percival suffered his first blown save of the season in spectacular fashion. A walk, a hit-and-run single, a hit batter, and then Brian Roberts' grand slam grand slam
1. The winning of all the tricks during the play of one hand in bridge and other whist-derived card games.
2. Sports The winning of all the major or specified events, especially on a professional circuit. sent the Angels careening The careening of a sailing vessel is laying her up on a calm beach at high tide in order to expose one side or another of the ship's hull for maintenance below the water line when the tide goes out. toward an unlikely 7-4 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles This article is about the contemporary American major league baseball team. For other uses, see Baltimore Oriole (disambiguation).
The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. .
If the Angels (22-23) are to get back in the American League West The American League West is one of three divisions in Major League Baseball's American League. The division currently has four teams, but it has had as many as seven teams before the 1994 realignment. race, these are the teams they need to beat, the sort of games they need to win. Instead, the Orioles (21-25) prevented the Angels from winning three consecutive series for the first time this season and pushed them a season-high 7 1/2 games back of the Seattle Mariners.
For once, it wasn't spotty starting pitching or offensive deficiencies or subpar sub·par
1. Not measuring up to traditional standards of performance, value, or production.
2. Below par in a hole, round, or game of golf. defense to blame. This time, it was Percival, of all people, suffering through a 32-pitch nightmare in which he retired just one of five batters faced.
The leadoff walk to Gary Matthews Jr. was a bad omen. Things looked gloomier when the former Gramada Hills High product took off for second and Deivi Cruz dropped a perfectly placed hit-and-run single to the right of shortstop David Eckstein, who was vacating the hole to cover second.
No problem. Percival got two strikes on No. 9 hitter Geronimo Gil. Problem: Percival hit Gil on a 2-2 pitch.
That loaded the bases, and Percival then ran up a full count on leadoff hitter Roberts, playing just his second game this season after getting recalled from Triple-A Ottawa to replace injured second baseman Jerry Hairston.
He had just three home runs and no grand slams in 406 major-league at- bats. That changed when he crushed a Percival pitch into the old bullpen in right field, erasing a 4-3 Angels lead.
In a flash, Ortiz's solid outing and a patient if not spectacular offensive night were wasted.
Jorge Julio made sure they went to waste by registering his second save in as many nights.
While Thursday's loss was dispiriting dis·pir·it
tr.v. dis·pir·it·ed, dis·pir·it·ing, dis·pir·its
To lower in or deprive of spirit; dishearten. See Synonyms at discourage.
[di(s)- + spirit.]
Adj. to be sure, Ortiz at least showed the form the Angels will need if they hope to sustain any semblance of consistent play.
Ortiz had given up at least four earned runs in four of his past six starts, including a seven-run doozy doo·zy or doo·zie
n. pl. doo·zies Slang
Something extraordinary or bizarre: "Among the delicious names taken by, or given to, minor political parties in the United States . . . in his last outing at Edison Field. This time, were it not for an error by Troy Glaus, Ortiz (5-4) might have held the Orioles scoreless.
He pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up just one earned run. He gave up a pair of singles to start the seventh, and after a sacrifice bunt, yielded to Donnelly.
Donnelly got Gil and Roberts to pop out, preserving the lead for Ortiz and stretching to 11 his streak of runners stranded.
In the eighth, his perfect ERA was finally sullied after 24 1/3 innings when he gave up a one-out double to Carlos Mendez, who was making his first major-league appearance, and then an RBI RBI
runs batted in
Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in single to Jay Gibbons. But he got Tony Batista to foul out, bridging the gap to Percival.
Baltimore starter Jason Johnson was dominant most of the evening but had trouble with Angels catcher Bengie Molina.
Molina singled and scored in the third for a 1-0 lead, as the Angels scored first for just the third time in 10 games.
After Tony Batista's two-run single in the fourth gave Baltimore a 2-1 lead, Scott Spiezio was hit by a Johnson pitch to start the fifth. Molina drove him home with a double to right-center field, and Eckstein's double drove home Molina with the go-ahead run.
Johnson struck out seven and looked strong from the outset, when he struck out four consecutive Angels. But the Angels finally got rid of him in the seventh, when Jeff DaVanon and Eckstein drew leadoff walks and Adam Kennedy drove home DaVanon with an opposite-field double for what seemed to be a key insurance run.
A grand slam by the Orioles' Brian Roberts (second from left) brought in teammates Geronimo Gil, left, Gary Matthews Jr. (36) and Deivi Cruz (11) in the ninth inning against Angels closer Troy Percival.
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