As he tried to put Kyle Kubitza's shaky major league debut in perspective,
"My first at-bat, my legs were shaking," DiSarcina said. "In the field, I didn't want the ball hit to me. I was so young. It's your first big league game. It's what you dreamed of your whole life. I'm sure nerves were a factor for Kyle [Wednesday night]. He'll be OK."
Kubitza was more than OK on Thursday night, the third baseman redeeming himself with the biggest hit of a three-run seventh inning that propelled the Angels to a 6-2, come-from-behind victory over the
Kubitza's run-scoring single off reliever
"That's baseball," said Kubitza, who was called up from triple A to replace the injured
That was one heavy page to turn Wednesday night. Kubitza made a pair of mental errors, in the field and on the basepaths, that cost the Angels one run and maybe two in a 4-2 loss to the Rays.
Asked if he got over the game quickly, Kubitza looked toward the ceiling with a pained look on his face.
"Uh … I couldn't watch too many replays, I can say that," Kubitza said. "My brother, my agent, my wife, they all told me to let it go. A lot of the guys in here helped."
"We were talking about it, almost joking, like, 'It can't be any worse than yesterday, so go get 'em,'" Scioscia said. "He seemed fine pregame."
Kubitza was robbed of a hit in his first at-bat when Rays first baseman Nick Franklin made a diving stop of his grounder in the third, and Kubitza struck out swinging in the fifth.
The Angels were trailing, 2-1, in the seventh when .183-hitting
Efren Navarro reached on infield single. Scioscia could have brought Taylor Featherston off the bench to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but he instead let .164-hitting
Iannetta struck out looking at a pitch below his knees. On the plus side for the Angels, he did not hit into a double play. Kubitza then grounded a full-count pitch into right field to score Joyce for a 2-2 tie and advance Navarro to third.
Erick Aybar followed with an RBI fielder's-choice grounder to the right side off Brad Boxberger for a 3-2 lead. Aybar stole second and Mike Trout, who lined a solo homer to left in the sixth — his 17th of the season — doubled to left to score Aybar for a 4-2 lead.
"I think it's what we would expect from that young man," Scioscia said of Kubitza, who was acquired from Atlanta last winter and tabbed as Freese's heir apparent in 2016. "He presented himself well in
"You have a feeling that when he gets his feet on the ground, he's going to be a really good player. He bounced back tonight and had some huge at-bats for us. … That's what experience does for you. He didn't let [Wednesday night's game] affect him. That's what has to happen."