"They're throwing it all at me at one time," he said he thought to himself. "But I can handle it."
Phillips dressed, took batting practice and began the game by walking against
That was only the last of the altogether outrageous occurrences in one of the longest nine-inning games ever played. In a contest replete with twists, challenges and pitchers, the Angels lost 10-9.
"I can tell you one thing," Phillips said of his first day as an Angel. "It was a long day."
At 4 hours, 33 minutes, the Angels’ disheartening defeat was the third-longest nine-inning game in baseball history. Two mid-2000s games between the New York Yankees and
“I had my money on five hours,” shortstop
The Angels acquired Phillips and left fielder
After Hamels walked Phillips to begin the game,
Skaggs found more trouble in the second, repeatedly failing to throw his fastball where he wanted. He let on three of the first four men he faced, loading the bases. Choo then lofted a routine fly ball into left field, where it glanced off of Justin Upton’s glove, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Next,
"This loss is on me," Skaggs said. "I can't shy away from it. I need to pitch better, and if I don't, they'll find somebody else to take my spot."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia turned first to
The first three Angels to emerge from the bullpen threw well before Keynan Middleton struggled in the sixth, serving up three consecutive hard-hit balls. The first went as a triple, the second a 447-foot home run. After a lineout and a groundout,
In the Angels’ fifth, a Pujols single scored Trout and Upton after both men had notched two-out hits. The Angels extended the rally with an error and a hit batsman, loading the bases for C.J.
A bases-loaded situation came to Cron again in the seventh, this time without an out. He drilled a double to the right-field wall, scoring two.
When Trout popped out to start the eighth, it snapped his career-high streak of reaching base in 11 consecutive plate appearances. Upton followed with a single, and Pujols singled for his fourth hit of the night. Simmons’ tapper back to the mound scored Upton, and Kole Calhoun’s sacrifice fly scored
That tied the score 9-9. Texas untied it in the bottom of the inning, scoring the go-ahead run on a Cam Bedrosian wild pitch.
In the top of the ninth, the Angels again mounted a comeback. With one out, Pennington and Phillips singled, and Trout grounded to third. After fumbling the ball, Gallo threw to second, just as Phillips' left foot reached the base. "I really thought I was safe," Phillips said. "I think a lot of people thought that, too."
The Rangers intentionally walked Upton. Then, batting in Pujols' spot, Young hit into a game-ending forceout.
The Angels were encouraged by their offense, discouraged by the game's result, and frustrated with the time it took to reach it.
“I gotta get used to these long games in the