The Angels' pitching staff, led by Reid Detmers, wins the series against the Orioles.

The Angels’ pitching staff, led by Reid Detmers, wins the series against the Orioles.

The Angels finally showcased the abilities of their pitchers in the third game of the season.
The Angels defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Sunday to salvage the last game of the season-opening series, having given up 24 runs in the previous two games.

Reid Detmers, a left-hander, pitched five solid innings, followed by José Soriano, a right-hander, who threw three spectacular innings and reached 100 mph on 12 of his 34 pitches. Closer Carlos Estévez recorded his first save of the year after working a flawless ninth on 12 pitches. Together, they gave up three singles.
“That pitching job was necessary,” Ron Washington, the manager, said. “We really, really needed that starting job that (Detmers) gave us, and he gave it to us.” Subsequently, other men who entered just carried out his actions.
Detmers struck out seven while giving up only one run. Except for a rough second inning in which the Orioles scored a run on two walks, a hit batter, and an infield single, he was dominant.
The Orioles failed to advance a runner to second base against Detmers in any other way.
Cedric Mullins was hit by Detmers on a curve that was really sharp. Before the ball even reached the inner corner of the zone, Mullins actually ducked.
His new slider was functional as well. Detmers revealed during spring training that he adjusted the velocity of his slider because he thought it would be more difficult for batters to hit.
Detmers also had good success with his fastball. Twelve of the twenty-two times the Orioles swung at his fastball, they failed.
“We discussed setting guys up with the fastball during the pregame,” Detmers said. “I accomplished that. Today, the offspeed in conjunction with the solid fastball performed quite nicely.
After 88 pitches in five innings, Washington removed Detmers, giving Soriano a chance to throw.
This spring, the Angels gave Soriano a start. Though the Angels didn’t have room for him in the major league rotation, he threw effectively enough to stay in the game and will now be used as a multi-inning relief.
Using only ten pitches, Soriano dominated the sixth inning. However, in the seventh, he allowed a single and a walk, with the fourth ball resulting from a pitch timer violation. Washington stopped by Soriano for a motivational speech just before the Orioles’ best was about to be served. Soriano used a fly ball and a ground ball to end the inning.
Soriano overcame a walk in the eighth inning as well as his own mistake, which came from mishandling the flip from first baseman Nolan Schanuel.
Regarding Soriano, Estévez said, “I’ve never seen something like that.” “Oh my God, I’ve been playing this game for a long now. 101. Super-Drain. A nasty breaking ball. Come on. Is this child a video game creation? That was just crazy.
Washington said that Soriano might be a “huge weapon” and that the club he played against had a lot of strikeouts.
Washington said, “He went through the same guys that scored 24 runs against us.” “Those men are the same ones. We defeated them decisively today.
Taylor Ward launched a two-run home run in the first inning, his second in as many games. In the second, catcher Brian McCann’s throwing mistake and three hits were turned into two runs for the Angels.
The Angels pitchers needed only that many runs to get a win that effectively ended a streak of two consecutive crushing defeats and set up a meeting for this Saturday’s game.
Detmers said, “We are aware of the kind of team we are.” “The purpose of the meeting after the second game was to defuse our tension. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. It’s not like a team meeting where you have to gnaw your butt. Simply relax and play as well as you can. Just go out and enjoy yourself. That was all there was to it. There isn’t any pressure.

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