The Los Angels Angels fought back in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 3, but it didn’t prove to be much of a difference maker. The Angels allowed 7 runs in the top of the tenth inning to secure a 10-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins beat the Angels for the second night in a row, but this time was in particularly heartbreaking fashion. Josh Hamilton was out of the lineup nursing an ankle injury. Tommy Hanson returned from the DL, but the Angels couldn’t convert his 8 strikeout performance. And the Angels fell to 4th in the AL West standings since the Mariners won. They blew an opportunity to gain a games on Oakland and Texas which both lost.
In the 8th inning, Garrett Richards allowed the Twins to take the lead on a double which bounced high up off the wall. It looked like Mike Trout had a beat on the ball, but it awkwardly got over his head. But the strange play was at the plate, when the relay came quickly from the outfield and Howie Kendrick‘s relay. It was quick enough that Hank Conger at the plate barely knew what to do with the ball. Like a bird with no idea where North is. He dove for Justin Morneau who had no business being safe coming into home. But Morneau cleverly slid wide, avoided the tag, missed the plate with his foot, but still had time to sit up and leisurely touch home.
The Angels had a golden opportunity to win the game. They had runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs, and the bases loaded with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, and the only run they managed to score was on a walk. JB Schuck grounded into an inning ending double play immediately afterwards, leaving Mike Trout on deck.
Ernesto Frieri came into the game, and effectively gave up 5 runs in a hurry, including a grand slam to Chris Hermann. There went that momentum. Billy Buckner continued the deflating inning allowing a home run to Pedro Florimon.
If the Angels want to finish in sight of the playoffs, they need to win at least 5 of their upcoming 7 games at Oakland and Texas.