If you had to choose a two-inning sample that is emblematic of the way things have gone for the
Leading by three runs with five outs to go, the Angels saw two infielders throw away potential double-play balls, lost another out on a blown call by an umpire and used six pitchers to try to protect a lead at Angel Stadium.
They didn't quite make it, with two-out singles by
"We got the plays and we just didn't make them," Manager
"You have to make the plays when they're presented to you. And historically our guys have been terrific at it."
Not anymore. With three errors Sunday, the Angels lead the league with 83 — many of them coming at crucial times.
In the third inning Sunday, throwing errors by third baseman
"You have to play all 27 outs," said left-hander
"We gave them a couple of extra chances today with the defensive stuff. And then there's the play at second base where we thought we had the guy out."
That too was an error, although it will be charged to second base umpire Brian Knight.
A three-run home run from Trumbo and a first-inning solo shot from
In the ensuing rundown, Lawrie tried to scramble back to second, only to have shortstop
"He was out," Wilson said. "It was a really pivotal play in the game, obviously."
Pivotal because when Reyes flied out and
"We didn't do enough things well. We didn't get outs on a couple plays we should have," Scioscia said. "I don't think you're going to hang your hat on one call. You have to play at a high enough level to absorb that call and move on.
"And we didn't do it this afternoon."