By the time the clubhouse opened to the media after a 2-1, 11-inning victory, Trout was gone, off to
"He got out of here quick," Angels reserve outfielder
Cowgill was joking … we think.
In his third year as a teammate of Trout, the 2014
"That dude continues to wow us," Cowgill said after Trout robbed
"Big moments? He slows them down," Cowgill continued. "When the ball gets around that guy, good things happen, whether he's at the plate or on defense. Those plays don't get his heart pumping. He just slows things down and makes them when the game is on the line."
As impressive as Trout's catch of Tulowitzki's shot toward the gap was, his play on Gonzalez was even better, with a higher degree of difficulty.
With the score tied, 1-1, one out and Gonzalez on third,
Gonzalez was initially ruled safe by home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, but the call was overturned after a 1-minute, 11-second instant-replay review that showed catcher Carlos Perez had applied the tag before Gonzalez's foot hit the plate.
"To field it low, set your feet and throw an absolute strike on the fly to home … there are not many guys who can do that," said Cowgill, who was in left field at the time. "It's one of the tougher plays.
"With a full swing, it's tough to read, and it's loud, so it's tough to hear. Normally, those balls fall in. But to make that play in that situation, a double play to end the inning and that being the go-ahead run, makes it that much better."
Trout's footwork and coordination were keys to the play, but it wouldn't have been possible without his improved throwing arm. The one knock on Trout was that he has an average throwing arm, but not anymore.
"His arm has improved a lot," said Angels bench coach Dino Ebel, who oversees the outfielders. "He's working at it, throwing long-toss with Kole [Calhoun] every three or four days, and you can see it coming.
"He's confident. He feels it. His arm is much stronger, and his accuracy is better. I said last year, when he comes to
Trout, who is hitting .289 with nine homers, 19 runs batted in and 27 runs as the Angels embark on a three-city, two-country, 10-game trip, has made several spectacular home run-robbing catches in his career.
But he got to the wall so quickly and efficiently and timed his jump so perfectly on Tulowitzki's drive Wednesday night that the play almost looked routine.
"That's what Garrett was saying, that he makes it look so easy," Cowgill said, referring to pitcher Garrett Richards. "I feel like it's easy for him. He gets back to the wall so fast and knows where the ball is going to be, and he has an incredible knack for knowing when ball is going to land.
"Everyone has an internal clock in baseball, infielders and outfielders. His is just more accurate. People don't get that many chances to rob home runs, and here we are in May, and he has, what, three? Some center fielders go entire seasons without robbing homers. It seems like he does it once a month."
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