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Free Baseball Dooms Angels in Trout’s Return

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The slugger went 1-5 in his return to the lineup.

Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Trout shows everyone he will still run.
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Rays 2, Angels 1

Anaheim was loud tonight, watching as Mike Trout returned to the lineup. But it was not the Mike Trout show tonight early, as a pair of solo shots in the first two innings was the only scoring in the first nine innings.

In the top of the first, it was Evan Longoria, launching Ricky Nolasco’s offering into the seats. We all cried, “Obligatory HR!” but interestingly enough, Longoria was the only Ray to get a hit off Nolasco in his sharp 7 innings of work. He finished with one earned run, two hits, two walks, and six strikeouts, continuing his recent run of “pitching backwards” to great effect.

In the bottom of the second, it was Albert Pujols, skying a fly ball high up there, and it just kept drifting, drifting...Mallex Smith leaped, but he seemingly misjudged it, and the ball actually hit the back side of the wall. 1-1.

The Angels remained the Angels, LOBstering 8 in the first nine innings. They left them loaded in the 5th and ultimately could not muster up much of anything vs. Jacob Faria. Speaking of this Cy Rookie, if you haven’t read this article yet, you should. It explains how Faria went to 40 Angel games a year, and the Big A even gave him his first kiss.

Faria was very masterful, showing command of the strikezone, hitting spots at the top and the bottom of the zone. It was a very clean game.

In the 10th, Cam Bedrosian gave up a sharp single to Wilson Ramos, who was aided by a very generous call from home plate ump Rob Drake, and Brad Miller atoned for his earlier defensive mistakes by driving a breaking ball off the right field wall. It was a fly ball that seemed routine off the bat, but it just kept carrying and carrying, missing the home run by less than 5 feet.

Alex Colome closed it out against Maybin, Calhoun (who now has a sub-.700 OPS), and Trout. And that was that.

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