HOUSTON -- Houston Manager Bo Porter called
With two on, one out and the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning,
Conger backed off at the last second, thinking Trumbo had called for the ball, which dropped to the ground. Conger was initially charged with an error, but the official scorer changed it to no play after the Angels' 4-2 win.
"I apologized to him on behalf of our ballclub," Porter said of his conversation with Scioscia. "It's not something that I condone, and I take full responsibility. It won't happen again."
Trumbo appreciated the gesture.
"I think we've moved on, regardless, but that's a classy move," Trumbo said. "It's a strange thing, but it was nice of him to extend the apology."
Conger was angered by the play but glad it didn’t hurt the Angels. The catcher threw out
It's normal for fans to yell such things on popups, but Trumbo said players can usually differentiate the voices of fans from teammates because they've played with teammates for so long. But Conger said he may have to come up with a contingency plan when in such close proximity of fans.
“We should probably have a ‘safe’ word or something,” Conger said with a laugh. “That’s a tough one because when there’s a popup by the dugout, if we hear Trumbo or