Brad Ausmus had the right idea. He saw the lining on the wall, saw his team playing their god-knows-how-many’eth game in a row and decided to take the afternoon off.
This was as animated as Brad Ausmus got with Jeremie Rehak. pic.twitter.com/SsxhYaCpir— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) June 9, 2019
The cause? Oh, just Mike Trout taking five straight balls and getting rung up as a result.
Mike Trout doesn’t usually complain about calls.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) June 9, 2019
But he had some real beef with Jeremie Rehak over strikes two and three. Brad Ausmus just got tossed for it. pic.twitter.com/wGfQnIddm6
The umpiring crew this weekend of Jerry Meals, Jeremie Rehak, Ron Kulpa, and Gabe Morales is among the worst in baseball. Gabe Morales might be the only umpire who I would consider average, but that might be because we didn’t get to see him behind the plate.
Not to say that the umpiring is the reason the Angels lost, however. It was terrible both ways. Also terrible was the Angels pitching. José Suarez got the start and must be on a hard pitch count limit or something, because he was taken out by acting manager Josh Paul at 87 pitches. His only mistake was this pitch to #Angelkiller Tom Murphy.
Wade LeBlanc allowed just two runs across six innings after the opener Austin Adams. He continues to own the Angels.
Because things are nice, Cody Allen relieved Suarez in a one-run game. Soon, it was no longer a one-run game.
Nick Tropeano nearly worked the remainder, and Murphy hit another homer. Encarnacion also hit another homer. For good measure, Kyle Seager homered.
Meanwhile in baseball:
Muncy: “Bumgarner said ‘don’t watch the ball, run’, and I just told him if he doesn’t want me to watch the ball, go get it out of the ocean.”— Joe Davis (@Joe_Davis) June 9, 2019
Bumgarner: “I can’t even say it with a straight face but the more I think about it, I should just let the kids play. But I just ... I can’t. ... They want to let everybody be themselves, then let me be myself. That’s me.”— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) June 9, 2019
So basically, we saw probably the most boring game in baseball today.
Oh look, the game ended on a Ball 4 called Strike 3! Fitting, like Victor said.