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Former Oriole Parker Bridwell Baffles His Old Team

August 9, 2017
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the seventh straight time, the Orioles lost after reaching the .500 mark, as they fell to Los Angeles, 3-2, before 35,723 at Angel Stadium Aug. 8.

The Orioles haven't been a game over .500 since June 11. Now, they are 56-57 and have split the first two games of a 10-game West Coast trip.
 
In his second start since joining the Orioles after a trade from Philadelphia July 28, right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had allowed a run on two hits in six innings while striking out nine -- one short of his career-high -- but things unraveled in the seventh inning, when he allowed four straight hits and two runs.
  
"Felt good. I'd feel better about it if I made some pitches there in the seventh, but I felt good," Hellickson said. "I got to keep it tied right there in the seventh."
 
In two starts, Hellickson has allowed three runs on 11 hits in 13 innings, but the seventh was the decisive one.
 
"Yeah, it happened really fast. Probably in the span of six, seven, maybe eight pitches they got four hits," Hellickson said. "So it happened really quick. I got to make a pitch there and make an out."
 
The Orioles were baffled by right-hander Parker Bridwell, who they designated for assignment April 14 when they acquired left-handed reliever Paul Fry from Seattle.
 
Bridwell was claimed on waivers by the Angels, and he's now 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA. The Orioles drafted Bridwell in 2010, and stuck with him for six years until he finally reached Triple-A. He also played with the Orioles for two games in 2016.
 
It was a surprise to many that Bridwell, who the organization had shown such patience with, was let go by the Orioles. He made them pay with an excellent performance, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings.
 
"At the end of the day, obviously, it's a little bit sweeter, but I just had to execute my pitches like a normal start," Bridwell said. "Luckily, I came out, and I did that."
 
Bridwell was able to concentrate during the game and his mind didn't wander.
 
"No, I took care of that yesterday. I go about my business quietly," Bridwell said. "I don't like to interact with the other team on the day I'm pitching against them. There are some good friends on that team, and it was fun to compete against."
 
Catcher Caleb Joseph was fond of Birdwell during their minor league days.
 
"He's a good dude. I enjoyed Parker. He's a great human, works hard," Joseph said. "Sometimes there's just unfortunate circumstances where you're in position to make decisions, and I'm glad he's pitching well over here. He's a good guy. Not very happy he pitched well tonight against us. It doesn't surprise me. He's got good stuff. We had some pitches to do damage with; we didn't do very much with it."
 
Joseph homered with two outs in the ninth against reliever Keynan Middleton.
 
Manager Buck Showalter has always been intrigued by Bridwell.
 
"He's always had a good arm and good stuff. But as guys get older they figure it out a little bit," Showalter said. "I'm pulling for him. Not too much tonight."
 
NOTES: Shortstop Tim Beckham had a fifth-inning single and scored the Orioles' first run. He's hit in all eight games he's played for the Orioles. … Right-handers Kevin Gausman (8-7, 5.15) and Troy Scribner (1-0, 4.50) are the scheduled starters Aug. 9. Game time is 3:37 p.m. ET.

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