Rockies’ nightmare day ends with 2-1 loss to Angels in 11
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Colorado manager Walt Weiss went to the hospital before batting practice and needed an emergency appendectomy. Rockies starter Jordan Lyles left in the first inning when a line drive hit his hand.
By the time Albert Pujols’ 11th-inning sacrifice fly ended Colorado’s 11th consecutive loss, the Rockies were ready to forget all about one of the longer days in club history.
Mike Trout also made two terrific defensive plays against the Rockies in extra innings during the Los Angeles Angels’ 2-1 victory Wednesday night, adding to the woes of a team that hasn’t won since April 27 and is 4-17 since April 15.
“It seems like whenever something bad happens, it happens against us,” said Carlos Gonzalez, thrown out at the plate in stunning fashion by Trout in the 11th. “That’s why we’re in the situation we’re in right now. But we still have a lot of games in front of us and we can’t put our heads down. We’ve got to keep grinding and try to turn this thing around.”
The Rockies are on their longest skid since losing 11 straight in July 2000. Bench coach Tom Runnells took over for Weiss, who is likely to be out of action for a couple of days while the Rockies play at Dodger Stadium.
“It’s par for the course, the way things are going right now,” Runnells said after the Rockies’ latest long day. “You don’t like to joke about things like that, and it’s going to be a long, long road. But you know what? We’re really proud of the way the guys battled. And if we keep battling like this, we’re going to be fine.”
Trout leaped at the wall in the 10th to take a homer away from Troy Tulowitzki, making a potentially difficult catch look routine.
In the 11th, the AL MVP made a running catch on Daniel Descalso’s fly and uncorked a perfect throw to get Gonzalez at the plate. Umpire Phil Cuzzi initially called Gonzalez safe, but it was overturned by video review.
“That’s about as hard a play as you can have,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Gonzalez led off the 11th with a single and advanced to third on two wild pitches by Cesar Ramos (2-0). Trout ran forward for the catch and threw home on the fly, allowing Carlos Perez to tag out Gonzalez, who insisted he was safe.
“On the video, it looked like he touched me on my foot, but he never did,” Gonzalez said. “He missed my foot. He tagged me behind my knee when my foot was already on the plate. It was a bang-bang play, and they called me out. It was a great throw by Trout.”
In the 11th, Pujols’ bases-loaded fly to left against Christian Friedrich (0-1) easily scored pinch-runner Taylor Featherston for the Angels, who climbed back to .500 (17-17) with their sixth win in eight games to close a nine-game homestand.
Lyles injured his pitching hand on Pujols’ liner, but X-rays showed no breaks. Christian Bergman filled in splendidly with 5 1-3 innings of three-hit relief in his native Southern California.
“It didn’t look good,” Lyles said. “It started swelling rather quickly. I’m just thankful that it’s not broken and that we don’t have to go through the same thing we went through last year, with me breaking my hand.”
Hector Santiago fanned seven of the Rockies’ first 13 batters, but Colorado strung together three consecutive singles in the fourth, with Drew Stubbs driving in Wilin Rosario.
Erick Aybar drove in the Angels’ tying run in the seventh off Scott Oberg, but Pujols was thrown out at the plate by Stubbs.
Angels closer Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth after finalizing a contract through 2017 earlier in the day, giving him a guaranteed $18 million.
Rockies: Justin Morneau also left in the eighth with some apparent dizziness after diving for a ball. ... Lyles broke his left hand last season while making a tag.
Rockies: Chad Bettis makes his first big league start of the season when Colorado opens a four-game set up the I-5 freeway at Dodger Stadium.
Angels: Jered Weaver (1-4, 4.98 ERA) looks to build on his first victory when the Angels open a 10-game trip Friday at Baltimore.