Trout Homers on His Birthday; Angels Defeat Orioles 8-4

Danny Moloshok/AP Photo
Danny Moloshok/AP Photo

Mike Trout is a phenomenal baseball player on regular days, but when it comes to games on his birthday, he takes it up another notch. In his 4 birthday games, he has homered 3 times and is 5/15, which results in a .333 birthday batting average. Tonight’s contest featured two rookies on the mound. Andrew Heaney, who is off to a hot start as a member of the Angels, matched up against Kevin Gausman, who is known for his 99 mph fastball and wicked curveball.

Andrew Heaney got the ball for the Angels. Tonight, he generated more fly balls than usual, which can explain his so-so outing. Heaney is best when he gets ground balls. He threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up 4 runs on 10 hits, while recording 2 strikeouts and 1 walk. The Angels’ bullpen was magnificent, holding the Orioles to just 2 hits in 3 1/3 innings. Despite recording just 1 out, Fernando Salas (2-1, 4.35 ERA) picked up the win.

Kevin Gausman came out throwing heat tonight! Similar to Heaney, Gausman also threw 5 2/3 innings. He allowed 6 runs on 9 hits, while recording 4 strikeouts and 2 walks. Gausman fell to 2-3 on the year and saw his ERA rise to 4.56.

Mike Trout led the Angels’ offense going 2-for-3, including his MLB leading 33rd homerun of the year. David Murphy, Erick Aybar, and Johnny Giavotella all went 2-for-4 at the plate. In fact, every member of the Angels’ starting lineup recorded a hit except for Conor Gillaspie. CJ Cron launched a 456 foot, pinch-hit homerun in the 7th inning that put away the game for the Angels.

The Orioles were led offensively by Manny Machado, who went 3-for-5 at the dish. Newly acquired Gerardo Parra and Jonathan Schoop both went 2-for-4 at the plate. Schoop and Wieters both homered for the O’s also.

What is next for these clubs?

Game 2 of the series between the Angels and the Orioles will take place at 6:05 on Saturday at Angels Stadium. The pitching matchup will be between Garrett Richards (11-8, 3.46 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.04 ERA). Richards seeks his 1st career victory against Baltimore in his 8th appearance against the O’s. Ubaldo Jimenez will look to find his groove on the mound again, having struggled recently posting a 1-2 record and a 9.64 ERA in his last 3 starts.

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