Saturday, April 21, 2012
A Win That Feels Like A Win: Angels 6, Orioles 3
That said, so many things went right that it scarcely seems sporting to speak of anything else. The Angels got off to a 2-0 lead in the first on a combination of back-to-back doubles by Torii Hunter and Mark Trumbo, and they never looked back. In fact, if anything, Trumbo's exit in the eighth inning felt like a cheap shot by Mike Scioscia; he had been playing left field with some credibility, actually retiring J.J. Hardy in the fifth with a bit of effort.
The big score of the game was on Howie Kendrick's bases-clearing double in the sixth thanks to another error against the O's by Adam Jones (throwing) that allowed the team its margin of victory. Baltimore came back on a Nathan Reimold two-run shot in the top of the seventh that made it a game again, but no more, and so it stayed to the end, thanks to Angels closer Jordan Walden. For some reason, previous wins felt tenuous and slippery; this one was much more substantial to me. I can't put a finger on why, but I really think this is the start of the season for the Halos.