An­gels lose af­ter slide goes awry

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Steve Dil­beck sports@la­

Re­view of Ben Re­vere’s base-steal­ing at­tempt seals win for Twins.

And on the day af­ter, there was no his­tory to be made. No par­tic­u­lar drama, no ner­vous an­tic­i­pa­tion, barely a speck of sus­pense to be had.

Al­bert Pu­jols, hav­ing joined eight oth­ers to hit 600 home runs the night be­fore, was scarcely to be seen. He did not start and bounced into a dou­ble play as an eighth-in­ning pinch-hit­ter.

All that was left for the An­gels on Sun­day was a rel­a­tively quiet 3-2 loss to the Twins, a game that ended rather ig­nobly when Ben Re­vere was ruled to have slid past the bag upon a re­view.

“Well, you know, it ended,” said An­gels man­ager Mike Scios­cia. “It was a mis­take on our part. Ben had the play beaten by three steps.

“Un­for­tu­nately, some­times your slide is a lit­tle bit late, and his mo­men­tum car­ried him off the bag just enough to get caught.”

The of­fense could never seem to find its foot­ing. Not that the An­gels lack depth, but with Pu­jols rested and Mike Trout on the dis­abled list, Luis Val­buena and his .161 bat­ting av­er­age hit cleanup.

The two runs the An­gels did score against Min­nesota’s Jose Ber­rios (4-1) were not ex­actly a clas­sic of­fen­sive out­put.

In the first in­ning, Eric Young was hit by a pitch and ul­ti­mately scored when An­drel­ton Sim­mons bounced into a dou­ble play. Val­buena dou­bled and scored on a Re­vere sin­gle in the fourth, but the An­gels then loaded the bases with no outs and failed to add on.

Lost was a re­spectable out­ing by Ricky No­lasco (2-6). He gave up a solo home run to Ja­son Cas­tro in the third, and af­ter the An­gels came back to take the 2-1 lead, he gave up a de­cid­ing two-run homer to Miguel Sano in the sixth.

“I think when he needed to make big pitches he did,” Scios­cia said. “But there’s no doubt he was miss­ing some spots. A cou­ple mis­takes. He bat­tled like he al­ways does and kept us in the game.”

A game that was still winnable af­ter Re­vere sin­gled with one out in the ninth against Twins closer Bran­don Kint­zler. Cliff Pen­ning­ton popped up, and with Young at the plate, Re­vere broke for his steal of sec­ond.

He had it stolen eas­ily, but his head­first slide took him past the bag. One foot came off, and be­fore he could bring the other down, he was tagged by short­stop Ehire Adri­anza.

“Speed is a bless­ing and a curse some­times in the game of base­ball,” said Re­vere, adding that the Ana­heim in­field was so hard it made it dif­fi­cult for him to end his slide. “I tried to do ev­ery­thing I could to stop and it wasn’t hap­pen­ing,” he said. “Usu­ally when the ground is hard like that, it’s dif­fi­cult to stop. It kind of sucks, be­cause E.Y. [Young] could def­i­nitely have tied the game or won the game.

“It’s a heart­break, man. I feel like I let the team down to­day.”

Re­vere said he had ended a game in the same fash­ion once in the mi­nors. Some lessons are harder to learn than oth­ers.

Af­ter all the ex­cite­ment of Pu­jols’ grand slam to join the 600 club Satur­day, it made for a dis­heart­en­ing loss for the An­gels.

They fin­ished their seven-game home­s­tand 3-4, drop­ping three of four to the Twins, who came into Ana­heim on a four-game skid.

The An­gels dropped to 29-31 and a sea­son-high 131⁄2 games be­hind Hous­ton in the Amer­i­can League West, the drama also slip­ping away in the di­vi­sion race.

Vic­tor De­co­lon­gon Getty Images

THE TWINS’ Ehire Adri­anza pleads his case af­ter tag­ging the An­gels’ Ben Re­vere dur­ing a base-steal­ing try in the ninth. Af­ter a re­view, Re­vere was ruled out.

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