The "have-to-get" part of the shopping list: relief pitchers. The "like-to-get" part: a starting pitcher.
So, with equal amounts of curiosity and diligence, the Angels dispatched a scout to watch
The night was not particularly successful for either pitcher.
In Anaheim, Shoemaker gave up a pair of two-run home runs to
The Angels appear to be an unlikely landing spot for Lee. They cleared out much of their already thin minor league system in the trades for Street and Thatcher, and adding Lee's $25-million salary next year would strain the Angels' chance to keep the payroll low enough that owner Arte Moreno could avoid the luxury tax.
Although calculations of playoff odds put the Angels' chances of making the postseason at well above 90%, the team would much rather win the
The Angels, with the second-best record in the major leagues, are two games behind the
The Angels are thrilled with
"He could be the best trade-deadline acquisition we could make," said Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Shoemaker, who could lose his rotation spot to Wilson or to a starter acquired in a trade, tied his career high with 10 strikeouts — albeit on a night both sides were flustered by the strike zone of plate umpire Eric Cooper.
In the first inning, Shoemaker gave up a leadoff single to
Shoemaker then retired 15 consecutive batters into the sixth inning, when he gave up a one-out double to Markakis and a two-out home run to Jones.
The Angels scored a run in the first inning, on a one-out single by
In the fourth inning, with the bases loaded,
"You guys saw the replay," Trout said. "I didn't think it was a strike. It was a big part of the game. Leave it at that."
Trout also disputed a called third strike in the seventh inning, prompting Manager
"He called one up on me, and one down," Trout said. "It's hard enough to hit, you know what I mean? That's the way it goes. You can't do anything about it."