Aug 23, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (left) celebrates a victory over the Boston Red Sox with catcher Chris Iannetta (right) at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
Does it seem like you are still waiting for home plate umpire TIm McClelland to signal a strike call. That delayed fistpump of his might have added some time to a game that ran over four and a half hours, but it was gutter-level pitching from starters and relievers that extended the contest into a seeming treadmill of infinity.
After giving up seven runs during the top of the fifth inning in his last start at home, C.J. Wilson surrendered one in the first and a five spot in the second inning. The Angels battled back with eight runs in the top of the third.
Wilson would allow another run in the fifth inning and was in line to be the winning pitcher when he hit the showers after pitching five. Fate chuckles. Mike Scioiscia brings in Jason Isringhausen in the sixth to protect a one-run lead. Stupid move and karmically bites the skipper by the second batter of the inning.
A bunch of stuff happened before during and after that.
The Angels were down by two in the ninth inning when Vernon Wells hit a solo HR over the green monster. Mike Trout later scored on a Torii Hunter single and it was like hey, tie ballgame. Than Mark Trumbo has the hit of hits to put the Angels up by a run with a base hit up the middle to score Torii.
In extras, Kendrys Morales hit a solo HR to lead off the tenth and Vernon Wells later drove in Erick Aybar to add an important insurance run. Wells had 3 RBI in the game. It was that crazy of a contest!
So in the bottom of the tenth, Frieri surrenders a run but strikes out Adrian Gonzalez representing the winning run to sweep the chowd garbage and head to Detroit to see what no scheduled Verlander and an aching Miguel Cabrera play like.
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Panther of the Game
Ernesto Frieri (43 votes)
Kendrys Morales (222 votes)
Torii Hunter (236 votes)
501 total votes