Reid Detmers gave the Angels a good start against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night, and the offensive put together a couple of late rallies.
However, that wasn’t enough to keep the Angels from abandoning the series after Carlos Estévez led to a ninth-round failure 5-4 defeat in 10 innings.
Detmers gave up two earned runs, nine hits, a walk and four strikeouts over 6⅔ innings. He left the stadium to a standing ovation from the Angel Stadium crowd.
Regarding the importance of making a lasting impression in the 2023 season, Detmers said: “Yes, that’s huge,” said Detmers. “Of course you want to finish the season strong.
“The season is what it is,” he continued. “You can’t really change anything about the past. But the main focus for the next few starts, no matter how many I have left, is to go out there, dominate and compete, really give it your all and go into the next year in a good mood.”
Both of the Orioles’ runs against Detmers came in the third inning. Adleyrutschman drove Jorge Mateo to the left with a single. A field error by left fielder Randal Grichuk on Ryan Mountcastle’s single allowed Slipman to score.
Brandon Drury put the Angels (64-75) on the field in the seventh round with a brace that rookie Nolan Schanuel scored. Mike Moustakas tied the score with a single. In the eighth, Eduardo Escobar hit a triple into the corner of right field before rookie Trey Cabbage hit it in with a single to right to give the Angels a 3-2 lead.
The Orioles (87-51) scored twice in the top of the ninth game with three hits and a walk to take the lead. Their lead was short-lived as Luis Rengifo hit a one-out double late in the ninth before scoring after a single from Mickey Moniak.
Austin Hays was second early in the tenth, Gunnar Henderson grounded him to third and finished second before Hays scored with Jordan Westburg’s groundout. Shintaro Fujinami pulled the Angels back to end the game.
Rengifo AL Player of the Week
Rengifo was named American League Player of the Week. Rengifo, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games Tuesday, hit .440 in six games with three home runs, an on-base percentage of .407 and a slugging percentage of .800.
Rengifo and Shohei Ohtani are the only Angels to have been named AL Player of the Week this season.