NEW YORK — A potential make-or-break trip to Detroit, Washington and New York did not make or break the
But could it define them?
The Angels are 11-13 and 3 1/2 games back in the
Though they lost cleanup batter
But they lost four one-run games on the trip, including a ninth-inning meltdown in Washington on Wednesday night, when
"It comes back to the same discussion we've had for a long time, the middle and back of your bullpen being able to hold leads," Manager
The bullpen did not cough up a lead Sunday, but it couldn't hold a tie after starters
Don't just blame the relievers, though. Catcher
With the score tied, 2-2, right-hander
Scioscia summoned young left-hander Nick Maronde, and on a 1-and-0 pitch to cleanup batter
Maronde then bounced a breaking ball far in front of the plate and past Iannetta for a wild pitch that allowed Ellsbury to score for a 3-2 lead.
"There was no cross-up," Scioscia said of the passed ball. "When you're trying to frame a pitch, you might not quite get it where you want it, and that happens."
Iannetta said he just missed the pitch.
"It was a fastball, right there," he said. "Whether you're trying to frame it, stand on your head and catch it, it doesn't matter. You have to catch it. That's one of the dumbest plays I've made in my career . . . or not made."
The Angels, who went two for 22 with runners in scoring position Saturday and Sunday, failed to score off closer
An hour after the game, which ended at 11:40 p.m. EDT, the Angels bused to Newark, N.J., for a five-hour flight home.
The rest of the Angels weren't expected to land at
"The schedule is demanding enough, but if you're on the West Coast, sometimes it's insane," Scioscia said. "You're not as worried about the first night — there's usually some adrenaline. What I've noticed is the second night, you really see that guys might need a little bit of a harder workout to get themselves going."