Matt Wieters

Matt Shoemaker's best start of the season ends in a 3-1 loss for Angels

Matt Shoemaker's best start of the season ends in a 3-1 loss for Angels

Mike Trout tracked Zach Britton’s fastball into the mitt of Matt Wieters during the ninth inning Saturday night at Angel Stadium. It was low, he knew. The count would be 2-0. Perhaps he’d see a pitch into which he could put a force, with a teammate on second and the Angels trailing by two runs with two outs.

When, behind the plate, Dale Scott signaled a strike, Trout turned around and put his hands to his head. He could not believe the call. He told Scott he thought the pitch hit the dirt. It nearly had. Two minutes earlier, Yunel Escobar had been ejected when he slammed his helmet to the dirt after Scott called another low pitch a strike.

“Obviously, they...

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