Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez said there really is no time when it is not on his mind — even when he is on the mound, even when he is turning in what was arguably his best performance of the year in a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Sometime in the next week or so, the 29-year-old Gonzalez will become a father for the first time. Limiting Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and company to four hits, one walk and one run in eight standout innings pales comparatively. “I'm thinking about it no matter what, every time I go out there. I think about my baby girl coming soon, anytime,” Gonzalez said, smiling. “So, I'm pretty happy about it.” Gonzalez's wife, Lucia, is in Los Angeles waiting for the baby's arrival, which is due June 19. She's also waiting for her husband, who is scheduled to start again Sunday against the Boston Red Sox. He doesn't want to miss the transforming moment. But he has no idea when to leave. “The baby's not cooperating, but she's due the 19th. Hopefully, it will be one of these days,” Gonzalez said. “I have to keep working out, keep doing what I'm doing in between starts, what I need to do, and I'll focus on my family after.” He did more than enough Tuesday to give the Orioles their ninth win in their last 13 games. They are now 37-28, the first time this year they have been nine games over .500. Today, they'll go for the sweep against the once-mighty Angels (27-38), who have dropped nine of their past 11. “Miggy was tough. Boy, he was good,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He was really good.” Pitching before an energetic announced 22,834 at Camden Yards and against the club that originally signed him as an amateur, Gonzalez (4-2) struck out five and matched his career high in innings, set Aug. 10 last year against the Kansas City Royals. He needed just 96 pitches before turning the ninth over to closer Jim Johnson, who allowed one earned run but picked up his 23rd save of the season, tying him for the major league lead. It was Johnson's eighth straight save and the first time he allowed a run since giving up four in Toronto on May 26.
Gonzalez and Orioles outshine Angels in crisp, highlight-filled game
Baltimore Sun | Jun 12