MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - INSIDE PITCH


BALTIMORE-- The bullpen has been one of the Los Angeles Angels' strong points in the last six weeks, and it's a big reason they've become one of baseball's top teams.

Los Angeles got another strong bullpen performance in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Orioles, one of the that made manager Mike Scioscia happy after a tough 12-inning loss.

Five Angels pitchers combined to give up just one run on three hits in six-plus innings. They struck out five with just one walk; the only run coming on third baseman Manny Machado's game-winning homer off Cory Rasmus to start the 12th.

"Our bullpen did a terrific job," Scioscia said. "You can't ask much more from those guys. Everybody who came in did a great job to keep us in the game. You can't say enough about what our bullpen did tonight to give us a shot."

The Angels have gotten solid work from their bullpen since mid-June. They've now allowed just 32 earned runs in 120 innings since June 16 -- an ERA of 2.42.

They've been one of the best bullpens in baseball and helped the Angels to an 18-7 record in July.

-----------------------------------------------

MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 63-42

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Angels (RHP Garrett Richards, 11-3, 2.62 ERA) at Orioles (RHP Kevin Gausman, 4-3, 3.67 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Jered Weaver has usually pitched well vs. the Orioles, but he didn't have it on Tuesday. He got a no-decision despite giving up six runs (tying a season high) on seven hits in just five innings, including two homers. "My fastball was up for most of the time and I couldn't really figure out how to get it down," Weaver said. "Every time I left it up they put good swings on it. Any time you get the ball up in this park it's not going to work out too well."

--DH Josh Hamilton certainly seems to enjoy playing at Oriole Park. Hamilton's fifth-inning homer was the 11th he's hit in the ballpark -- he's now banged out eight round-trippers in Baltimore since 2012. Hamilton also tied the game at six with an RBI infield single in the seventh and finished 3-for-6 with three RBIs.

--RHP Cory Rasmus took care of the Orioles in the 11th before giving up the game-winning homer to 3B Manny Machado to start the 12th. Rasmus got ahead in the count 1-2 before Machado lined a homer to left. "I didn't think it was a terrible pitch, but obviously not down enough," Rasmus said. "He's a good hitter and made me pay. That's how it goes."

--1B Albert Pujols tied Manny Ramirez for 27th all-time with his first-inning double. Pujols now has 547 doubles in his career, and that double snapped a brief 0-for-4 hitless streak. He now needs one more extra-base hit to tie Reggie Jackson (1,075) for 22nd on that all-time list. Pujols also finished 3-for-6.

--LHP C.J. Wilson pitched well Monday in a rehab start with Double-A Arkansas. He threw 5 1/3 innings working on his sprained ankle, and manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that the Angels will re-evaluate him in the next few days. There's been some speculation that Wilson could return on this trip, but the manager said they didn't want to commit to anything yet.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't think (Weaver) ever got settled in and felt good about repeating pitches. That was one of the few games he was really out of sorts and struggled."-- Angels manager Mike Scioscia on RHP Jered Weaver after a loss to Baltimore on Tuesday.