O's bats hit bump vs. former 'mate Bridwell

O's bats hit bump vs. former 'mate Bridwell

ANAHEIM -- Tuesday night was not a notable one for Baltimore's offense. The Orioles, winners of eight of 10 games coming in, were flummoxed for most of the evening by former Baltimore prospect Parker Bridwell's seven innings.

And while the night belonged to the young starting pitcher who was sent away, the O's offense also squandered several key chances and ran into outs in the 3-2 series-evening loss.

"He was solid," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Bridwell. "We had the right people up a couple times, just couldn't get it done. [Reliever Cam] Bedrosian pitched a big inning after getting in a little trouble. Just couldn't get it done in the situation we wanted to do it."

The defeat, which dropped the O's back to 1 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot, saw catcher Caleb Joseph drive in both runs -- including a solo homer in the ninth inning -- and provide the only bright spot in a frustrating loss.

Joseph's homer cuts deficit

The Orioles left seven men on base, finishing 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Most notably, they stranded baserunners on first and third with no outs in the eighth inning as Bedrosian struck out Jonathan Schoop and Chris Davis, and got Trey Mancini to fly out to keep the O's deficit at two.

The O's also had some trouble on the basepaths with Seth Smith being tagged out trying to advance home in the fifth and to third base in the seventh.

And then there was Bridwell -- traded to the Angels for cash considerations or a player to be named later in mid-April -- who held Baltimore to one run over seven stellar frames.

"He's a good dude. I enjoyed Parker," Joseph said. "He's a great human, works hard. 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. He did a nice job, but we can put a better effort out there, for sure."

Bridwell, who made just two relief appearances with the O's at the end of last year, held Baltimore to six hits and didn't issue a walk, striking out four and lowering his ERA to 3.00 in six starts.

"At the end of the day, obviously, it's a little bit sweeter," Bridwell said of his success against his former club. "But yeah, I just had to execute my pitches just like a normal start. Luckily I came out and I did that. It worked in our favor."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.