On Tuesday night the Angels won on a walkoff homer against the Mariners. On Wednesday night they walked off once again. This time when Johnny Giavotella hit an opposite-field double to right with one on and one out in the bootom of the ninth, scoring Erick Aybar from first.
Aybar had reached on a botched sacrifice following a four-pitch walk to David Freese. Either way, you put a leadoff runner on base in tie game in the ninth and you’re gonna have a bad time.
Speaking of bad times: this was the Mariners’ fifth one-run loss in seven games. One of my Twitter correspondents puts it thusly:
Maybe not that bad. Not even as bad as that Nicolas Cage movie about snuff films. But not good, man. Not good.
Oh, and here’s Nic Cage watching early-season Mariners film:
Kole Calhoun has been out of the Angels’ starting lineup since Saturday with tightness in his right calf. He was able to pinch hit on Monday in Arlington, Texas — and even roped an RBI single — but the calf apparently didn’t respond too well to that.
Calhoun is out again Tuesday and told MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to return to action until Friday, at the earliest. “It’s not there yet,” said the Angels’ regular leadoff man.
Erick Aybar is at the top of Anaheim’s batting order on Tuesday night against the Rangers and Collin Cowgill is playing right field.
Calhoun, 27, batted .272/.325/.450 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, and 90 runs in 127 games last season.
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban infield prospect Roberto Baldoquin has passed his physical and officially signed with the Angels. The two sides initially agreed to a deal with an $8 million signing bonus in early November.
Baldoquin, 20, is expected to start the season in the minor leagues for the Angels. The club views him as a shortstop and as such, Baldoquin could take over at the position when Erick Aybar’s contract expires after the 2016 season.
According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels have interest in acquiring Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post confirms the report and adds that the Rockies are likely looking for pitching in return.
Rutledge turns 25 in April and batted .269/.323/.405 with four home runs and 33 RBI over 105 games this past season while making starts at shortstop, second base, and third base. He’s not yet arbitration-eligible.
Rutledge wouldn’t be a starter for the Angels as currently constituted, but second baseman Howie Kendrick will be a free agent after next season and Erick Aybar has two years left on his deal.