Toronto 8, Angels 4
Toronto 8, Angels 4
Marc Krauss wasn't offended. He knows any team in the same position would have done exactly what the Toronto Blue Jays did in the seventh inning Wednesday night.
AT THE PLATE: Chris Iannetta appears to be emerging from a season-long hitting funk. The catcher, whose batting average has hovered around the .100 mark, capped a three-run fourth inning with a run-scoring double to right-center, doubled to left and scored in the sixth and hit a solo home run to...
KEY MOMENT: Manny Machado singled to center field with two outs in the eighth inning. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia pulled starter Garrett Richards in favor of Mike Morin, who gave up an infield single to Jimmy Paredes and a two-run double to Adam Jones, whose drive to the gap in left-center field...
You have to feel for Jeff Bridich.
It wasn't that Jerry Dipoto picked up the $600 tab — for a dinner for two — at a swanky sushi joint in Scottsdale, Ariz., in late February, though it was a nice gesture by the Angels general manager.
Huston Street and the Angels agreed Wednesday on a two-year contract extension that guarantees the closer $18 million.
Albert Pujols, the heavy legged, 35-year-old slugger with a balky left hamstring, got such a good jump on a key eighth-inning stolen base Tuesday night that it looked like he might swipe second base and third, all on the same pitch.
If Matt Joyce is doing what he did consistently for the last seven seasons, which is hit right-handed pitching to the tune of an .800 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, the Angels might not have felt so compelled to summon Marc Krauss from triple A on Tuesday.
KEY MOMENT: Albert Pujols snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a single to lead off the eighth inning and got a head start of five or six steps while reliever Rafael Betancourt was in the stretch, stealing second without a throw. David Freese struck out, but Erick Aybar walked, Johnny Giavotella singled...
The Angels need offense, especially from the left side, which is why first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss was called up from triple-A Salt Lake and inserted into the ninth spot in the lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Angel Stadium.
It was a whirlwind first week in the major leagues for Angels catcher Carlos Perez.
Josh Hamilton finally got back to the one place he feels most comfortable. On Sunday, he got back into the batter's box.
Angels pitcher Garrett Richards never doubted he would be on this path.
KEY MOMENT: The Angels had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth inning and Chris Iannetta at the plate. Iannetta, who began the game hitting .091, didn't go deep, he went shallow. He dribbled a ground ball 40 feet from the plate. Pitcher Scott Feldman fielded the ball and threw wildly to...
This isn't about urgency.
KEY MOMENT: The Angels had taken a 2-1 lead in the first inning and had the bases loaded with one out. Carlos Perez hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, who started an inning-ending double play.
For the Dodgers' new front office, this could have been a coup. Dee Gordon is the most productive player in the major leagues, and the Dodgers are paying him.
Angels pitcher Jered Weaver began his day at Angel Stadium bouncing around the clubhouse with a what-me-worry look despite being winless in the second week of May.
AT THE PLATE: Houston starter Roberto Hernandez gave up only six hits, but four came in the fifth inning to give the Angels a 2-0 lead. David Freese led off with a single to left. He went to third on a hit-and-run single by Erick Aybar. Freese scored on C.J. Cron's sacrifice fly. Aybar scored on...
The Angels, trying to bolster an overworked bullpen, called up relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus from triple-A Salt Lake City on Friday.
It’s rare for Angels closer Huston Street to blow one save, but to blow two in a row? That hadn’t happened since July 13 and 19, 2008, when Street was pitching for the Oakland Athletics, but it happened in back-to-back games this week.
KEY MOMENT: Huston Street suffered his second blown save in as many nights, his first back-to-back blown saves since July 13 and 19, 2008, with Oakland. With a 2-0 lead, Street gave up singles to Colby Rasmus and Chris Carter to open the ninth. Jason Castro flied to center, but Jake Marisnick hit...
The Houston Astros, four days removed from an eye-opening 10-game win streak, arrived in Anaheim on Thursday sporting an American League-best 18-10 record, a five-game division lead and an intriguing roster that has fans and media members around the country wondering, “Are these guys for real?”
When the topic of how the Angels would replace departed second baseman Howie Kendrick came up this spring, Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto often spoke of the need for new left fielder Matt Joyce, designated hitter C.J. Cron and third baseman David Freese to fill Kendrick’s...
Joe Smith can be feisty, a trait you want in a reliever with a lively but not overpowering 88-mph fastball. An attack mentality, a refusal to give in to hitters and an unwavering confidence in his stuff have helped mold the sidearm-throwing right-hander into one of baseball's best set-up men.
KEY MOMENT: Erick Aybar took off from first on a hit-and-run play in the bottom of the ninth and scored on Johnny Giavotella's double down the right-field line off Carson Smith, giving the Angels their second straight walk-off victory. It was Giavotella's first career walk-off hit and fifth game-winning...
One night after becoming only the fourth player in major league history to hit a walk-off home run in his major league debut, Angels rookie Carlos Perez was behind the plate for a second consecutive game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. The reason was obvious.
Bryce Harper jumped back into the national spotlight Thursday, hitting three home runs in the Washington Nationals' 7-5 victory over the Miami Marlins.
It’s a formula that has worked extremely well for the Angels since last July, when they acquired veteran closer Huston Street from the San Diego Padres and pushed right-hander Joe Smith from the ninth inning back to the eighth.