Maldonado threw out Yuli Gurriel at third base to end the game after an original safe call was reversed on replay, giving the Angels a big 2-0 win Monday night over a division rival that ended the Houston Astros’ six-game winning streak.
Gurriel singled off Keynan Middleton leading off the ninth inning. Alex Bregman then walked. After a pair of strikeouts, Middleton threw a slider in the dirt to Max Stassi that bounced off Maldonado’s leg toward third base. authentic nfl jerseys china wholesale The catcher pounced on the ball and threw to third where Luis Valbuena tagged Gurriel, who slid head first. Umpire Cory Blaser signaled safe. After the replay was shown on the video board, fans started filing out even before the out call was given about 90 seconds after the tag. Middleton earned his sixth save.
On Sunday, Blaser called Colorado’s Nolan Arenado safe at home plate trying to advance on Brandon Morrow’s bases-loaded slider in the dirt at Wrigley Field. That call was then reversed on replay for the final out in the Chicago Cubs’ 9-7 win.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Maldonado is the reigning American League Gold Glove Award winner for a reason.
”It’s a tough way to end the game, but I can’t fault Yuli for trying to be aggressive,” Hinch said. ”It’s a result-oriented decision, right? We love it when it happens and it’s second and third and we have a pitch where a bloop single, a sharp single, a ball in the gap, and we score two and we tie the game we’re probably still playing right now.
”So, when it doesn’t go that way, it can be frustrating because the game ends without an out being recorded by the hitter. But I certainly think Yuli basically got caught in a situation where their guy made an exceptional play and ended the game.”
Tyler Skaggs (3-1) allowed four hits in seven innings as Houston struggled to make solid contact against his offspeed pitches, especially his changeup. The Astros had outscored the White Sox 27-2 to complete a three-game sweep over the weekend.
Los Angeles had lost five of six following a seven-game winning streak. The Angels are 10-1 on the road, but 5-7 at home.
”Whether if we’re at home or we’re on the road, wherever we’re playing we need to do things better than we’ve been doing this last week,” Scioscia said. ”What was really encouraging was being able to come into a park like this to a team that obviously has a terrific offense and be able to make pitches and get outs. So that is what we’re going to need to do moving forward, and hopefully, we can come out tomorrow and duplicate it.”
Skaggs took the mound to warm up at the start of the eighth inning, but Scioscia pulled him for hard-throwing reliever Justin Anderson, who made his major league debut.
Anderson, a 25-year-old Houston native who played high school ball at nearby St. Pius X, china nfl jersey wholesale was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. After quickly retiring his first two batters, Anderson allowed back-to-back singles to George Springer and Jose Altuve before striking out Carlos Correa with an 89 mph slider to end the eighth.