Though the Orioles played 13 innings tonight in a 1-0 loss to the Angels, they won’t need to call up a fresh reliever for Friday night’s series opener against the Mariners. Andrew Miller will join the team, with a corresponding roster move pending.
Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs didn’t allow a hit in 4 2/3 innings before departing with forearm tightness.
“(Norris) was really good, wasn’t he?” Showalter asked. “All our pitchers I thought pitched pretty well. Unfortunately, they did too. We knew coming in. We’ve seen them, what, six games? They’ve got an outstanding bullpen and our guys matched them for the most part. I thought Brian (Matusz) was impressive at the end.
“Bud was good. We were kind of going hitter to hitter there in the last inning, but he finished up strong. Sure would have liked to get him a W. He deserved it. Their guy was pretty good, too, boy.
“You’d always like to take advantage of a game pitched that well, but they pitched that well, too. They’re so deep. You’ve got a guy that’s pitching as well as Skaggs is tonight out of there. I hope he’s OK because he’s pretty impressive. You know they’ve got so many bullets down there. They just keep running them out there, good arm after good arm.”
The Orioles took two of three from the Angels. Does Showalter feel fortunate to win the series?
“Fortunate? No. We think we can compete with them and we did,” he said.
“Their bullpen is solid and when you’ve got two good young pitchers like Skaggs and (Garrett) Richards and the rest of them... We saw (Hector) Santiago tonight.
“I wasn’t going to use (Zach) Britton or (Darren) O’Day tonight and we pitched well enough to keep that from happening. See how they are tomorrow. Andrew’s supposed to be here. I think he landed late tonight. I don’t think he thought he would land while that game was still going on, though. So if you’re asking me if we need help in the bullpen tomorrow physically, he should join us tomorrow. Obviously, we have to make room for him.”
The two teams certainly appear to be evenly matched.
“It depends on if you’re going player for player, going around the field,” Showalter said. “I’ll let you answer that. But on the diamond, we’ve played them well and it was a challenge, as Seattle will be tomorrow. And then it’s on to another challenge, and then the Nationals and at Toronto. It’s one after another. It’s a challenge, but I think we’re up for it.”
Chris Davis wasn’t in the lineup again tonight, but he struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and walked in the 12th. He seems to be recovered from his illness.
“Chris was moving around with his gloves on from about the seventh inning on,” Showalter said. “He was ready to get that out of the way. I asked him how he felt coming down here. He said, ‘All things considered, OK.’”
Adam Jones was called out at first base on a pickoff throw from catcher Chris Iannetta in the 11th inning, and umpires let the call stand after a review. Replays indicated that Albert Pujols missed the tag.
“Safe. He never tagged him,” Showalter said. “I don’t know what they’re looking at. I think we lead the league in stands. A paranoid man would worry more about it, an alert man would wonder about it. I do. It’s pretty obvious to us. I hope they didn’t have the same look we had.”
Tonight’s game marked the Orioles’ longest extra-inning shutout loss since the Angels defeated them 1-0 in 14 innings on Aug. 20, 1978.