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MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - INSIDE PITCH
Angels closer Ernesto Frieri entered Sunday's game against the Pirates having retired in order the last 22 batters he had faced.
That ended quickly. Coming in to close out a 6-3 lead in the ninth inning, Frieri immediately issued a walk to Neil Walker and a single to Gaby Sanchez to bring the tying run to the plate.
He rebounded to get two outs, then struggled to locate his fastball and got behind most of the hitters he faced.
"Walking the first guy is tough, then getting behind, it's going to be tough to keep pounding those fastballs when you're constantly behind and he doesn't get a chance to expand the zone the way he can," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Those guys did a good job."
Frieri allowed four of the six hitters he faced to reach base and was removed for right-hander Kevin Jepsen when Starling Marte singled to tie the score.
It was just his second blown save of the 2013 season in 19 chances, and it cost the Angels in a 10-9 10-inning loss to Pittsburgh.
"You have to be good enough to absorb non-performance from your players at times," Scioscia said. "And when it comes from your closer, it's going to be magnified. So we'll pick up the pieces and move on, but we still need to focus on the process."
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost three
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Tuesday: Angels (C.J. Wilson, 6-5, 3.61) at Tigers (Rick Porcello, 4-4, 4.74)
--CF Peter Bourjos left Sunday's game after the third inning because of an injury to his left thumb. Bourjos hurt the thumb when sliding into Pirates SS Jordy Mercer trying to break up a potential double play. Bourjos had X-rays but results were not immediately available.
--RHP Ryan Madson will go to extended spring training in Arizona and begin throwing again. Madson has endured numerous setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery in April 2012.
--2B Howie Kendrick went 2-for-5 Sunday against the Pirates and is now hitting .395 (32-for-81) in June, best in the American League (minimum 60 at-bats). His 32 hits are the most in the majors in June.
--RHP Joe Blanton gave up three runs (one earned) and six hits in Sunday's game against the Pirates. The Pirates rallied to win the game against the Angels bullpen, so Blanton was denied his second win of the year. He did not walk a batter in the game, the sixth time he's done so in his 15 starts.
--LHP C.J. Wilson will make his 16th start of the season Tuesday against the Tigers. Wilson has won his last two starts, getting victories over the Yankees and Mariners.
--RHP Ernesto Frieri entered Sunday's game against the Pirates having retired in order the last 22 batters he had faced. That ended quickly. Coming in to close out a 6-3 lead in the ninth inning, Frieri allowed four of the six hitters he faced to reach base It was just his second blown save of the 2013 season in 19 chances, and it cost the Angels in a 10-9 10-inning loss to Pittsburgh.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "These guys that struggled today (Frieri and Jepsen) have done well for us and that's important to remember moving forward. This is one that got away from us. What's frustrating is we did so many good things on that field. Our pitching staff did a good job getting us there, but at the end we just couldn't close that door. You have to be a good enough team to absorb non-performance, and when it comes from your closer, it's going to be magnified." -- Manager Mike Scioscia, after RHPs Ernesto Frieri and Kevin Jepsen blew the game Sunday.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Angels - ROSTER REPORT
--CF Peter Bourjos (left thumb) left the June 23 game. X-rays on the thumb were negative, but Bourjos is scheduled to visit with hand expert Dr. Steven Shin at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic on June 24.
--RF Josh Hamilton (sore right wrist) was not in the starting lineup June 21. He entered the June 23 game as a defensive replacement but did not hit. He remains on track to start June 25 after receiving a cortisone shot in his sore right wrist on June 21 following a week of pain in the wrist.
--RHP Ryan Madson (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He threw a simulated game April 19. He had scar tissue removed from his elbow in late April. He threw a bullpen session May 4, and he pitched in an intrasquad game at extended spring training May 9. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Inland Empire on May 13, but he hasn't pitched since that day. He experienced soreness in his elbow May 22, scrapping plans for him to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. He could sit out the season, Angels manager Mike Scioscia admitted June 23.
--LHP Jason Vargas (blood clot in left armpit) was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 21, retroactive to June 18. Vargas will seek a second opinion June 24 before deciding whether or not to undergo a surgical procedure.
--RHP Robert Coello (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 11. He will not be allowed to throw until mid-July.
--LHP Sean Burnett (left elbow impingement) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 27. Burnett came off the disabled list May 21 after sitting out 22 games with left forearm irritation. He started playing catch June 2, but his elbow was not responding, so he went to see Dr. James Andrews, who recommended he shut it down until mid-July.
--LHP Andrew Taylor (torn left labrum) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 9. He is due to begin a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League in late June.
LHP C.J. Wilson
RHP Joe Blanton
RHP Jered Weaver
RHP Tommy Hanson
RHP Billy Buckner
RHP Ernesto Frieri (closer)
RHP Garrett Richards
LHP Scott Downs
RHP Jerome Williams
RHP Michael Kohn
RHP Dane De La Rosa
RHP Kevin Jepsen
1B Albert Pujols
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Erick Aybar
3B Alberto Callaspo
DH Mark Trumbo
INF Brendan Harris
LF Mike Trout
CF Peter Bourjos
RF Josh Hamilton
OF J.B. Shuck
OF Brad Hawpe