Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 4/22/12

A decidedly boring game got interesting and dramatic in a big hurry, and not in a good way for the Angels.  SPOILER ALERT: The Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow was involved!

Orioles 3, Angels 2

It was just another typical Dan Haren start in which he got no run support.  Like I said, typical.  But just when Angel fans started to feel like the win was in the bag, Scioscia attempted to atone for yanking Haren too early in his last start by keeping him in too long, sending him out to start the 7th, where he promptly recorded an out before surrendering two singles.  In came Scott Downs, the most trusted (and by most trusted, I mean only one we trust) Angel reliever.  But even Downs is not immune to the bad luck that has plagued the Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow.  First, a flare falls in center.  Then Downs can't cleanly catch a comebacker that could've been an inning-ending doubleplay.  That set the Halos up perfectly for Nick Markakis to hit a seeing-eye grounder through the left side to give the O's the lead.

Yep, another blown save.  And you can't even really blame Downs for it.  Maybe Sosh deserves some blame for not having Downs start the seventh, but Haren didn't exactly look like he was running out of gas.

But lo and behold!  A Kendrick homer to tie it up!!  The Baseball Gods have finally smiled upon the Halos!!!

One inning later, Angel Campos suddenly decides to go from the widest strike zone known to man to the smallest.  That led to LaTroy Hawkins issuing a leadoff walk.  Leadoff walks always haunt you.  Sure enough, Nick Markakis, the man who grumbled about the strike zone the most in the game steps up and delivers yet another groundball with eyes that is just barely out of Howie Kendrick's reach.  Orioles up one.  Game over, since we all know this Angel team only has one comeback in them per game at most.

So much for the sweep.  So much for the winning streak.

Game Notes

  • I almost never complain about balls and strikes, but Angel Campos' zone today was sponsored by FEMA.  Just a disaster.  It was all over the place.  On that fateful extra inning at-bat by Markakis, Hawkins "missed" down-and-in with the first pitch for a ball.  The next pitch was in the same spot, only further down and further inside.  Somehow this was a strike.  Never a good sign when fans of both teams are griping about the strike zone.  Robots now!
  • Poor, poor Dan Haren.  He was absolutely filthy today.  His splitter was sharp and his cutter was breaking like a slider.  Baltimore had no chance of squaring him up.  I should've known that he was having too good of a day for him to actually get the W.
  • I'm giving the bullpen a hard time in this post, but really, Downs and Hawkins pitched just fine.  Neither of them got beat on bad pitches, Downs especially.  These kind of games just happen sometimes.  Of course, they happen a lot more when the offense can't score runs.
  • Alberto Callaspo finally started hitting.  That's too bad because it is only going to make the logjam at third even harder to figure out.  Things were just starting to get easy for Scioscia since it looked like Beto wasn't going to heat up with the bat.  You know what that means, don't you?  More lineup permutations!  Hooray!!!

Halo A-hole

I know it is harsh to give it to Howie after he tied the game with a homer, but he also had a shot at fielding Markakis' game-winner in extras and compounded it by fanning with the tying run on third in the bottom half of the inning.  From hero to goat, just like that.


Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 takeaways from Super Bowl 50

Was firing Jeff Hornacek the wrong move for the Suns?

Panthers picked wrong day to play worst game of the season

Was Peyton Manning paid for Budweiser mentions?

Cam Newton walks out of postgame press conference

Eli did not look thrilled after Peyton locked up Super Bowl


Rick Reilly sends awkward tweet during Super Bowl 50

Peyton Manning gives Papa John a kiss after game

Panthers' Josh Norman crying after losing Super Bowl

Peyton Manning ‘going to drink a lot of Budweiser’ after win

Where Peyton Manning ranks among Super Bowl era QBs

Peyton Manning declines to comment on possible retirement

Winners and losers from Super Bowl 50

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Aqib Talib wipes out on NFL Network

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Five biggest boneheaded plays of Super Bowl 50

WATCH: Cam Newton gives questionable effort to recover fumble

Lions say Calvin Johnson's future still not determined

How Louisville basketball bungled their self-imposed ban

Ted Ginn Jr. whiffs on football twice on one play, results in Panthers turnover

Kony Ealy makes one-handed interception of Peyton Manning

Mike Carey gets another call wrong on incomplete pass in SB

Steph Curry beats Panthers' "Keep Pounding" drum

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker