Saturday, April 12
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hank Conger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 11th inning after rookie Jeurys Familia intentionally walked the previous two batters, and the Los Angeles Angels got home runs from Mike Trout and J.B. Shuck in a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.
Raul Ibanez led off the 11th with a single against Familia (0-2), who was working his third inning of relief. Ibanez advanced on a wild pitch and went to third on a grounder to shortstop by David Freese before Mets manager Terry Collins ordered Familia to walk Howie Kendrick and Shuck to set up a force at any base.
The strategy backfired when Familia plunked Conger with a 2-2 delivery.
The run ended a string of 18 2-3 scoreless innings by Mets relievers after they allowed 13 earned runs in the team's first four games.
Kyle Farnsworth helped keep the streak going when he retired Albert Pujols on a grounder with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Pujols came up again in the 10th with two on and hit a bouncer back to Familia for the third out.
Michael Kohn (1-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win.
Travis d'Arnaud homered for the Mets and Josh Satin had a two-run double.
This is the Mets' third visit to Anaheim since interleague play began in 1997. Their previous series at the "Big A" was in June 2008, when manager Willie Randolph was fired in the middle of the night and replaced by Jerry Manuel.
New York's 4-2 lead evaporated in the sixth when Dillon Gee gave up a walk to Kendrick and a two-run homer by Shuck that landed in the lower seats in the right field corner.
It came in the first place appearance of the season for Shuck, recalled from the minors Wednesday when right fielder Josh Hamilton went on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Hamilton, injured on a headfirst slide into first base Tuesday at Seattle, had surgery Friday morning and is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks.
Gee was charged with four runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, the first time in 20 starts that he failed to get through the sixth. He walked the bases loaded in the fifth, but escaped when Satin fielded a grounder by Ibanez that hit first base and bounced high in the air.
The Mets, who traveled cross-country following Thursday night's 6-4 victory in Atlanta and didn't get to their hotel until 3 a.m., scored in three of the first four innings against lefty Tyler Skaggs. Satin put New York ahead 4-2 with a two-run double after slumping Curtis Granderson beat the defensive shift with a double inside third base.
Eric Young opened the game with a single and scored on a double-play grounder by David Wright. Trout got the run back for the Angels with a long homer to left-center, and Chris Iannetta put them ahead 2-1 in the second with a broken-bat RBI single that ended an 0-for-15 drought.
The second big league homer for d'Arnaud tied it in the third.
Skaggs allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings with four strikeouts and no walks.
Granderson caught Shuck's flyball in the right field corner for the first out of the eighth, then did an immediate 360 toward the stands after a fan reached out and touched him on the back. Security guards escorted the fan out moments later.
NOTES: Collins piloted the Angels for two-plus seasons and resigned with 29 games left in the 1999 campaign. Mike Scioscia took over the following season. ... The Angels reinstated RHP Dane De La Rosa (strained forearm) from the disabled list and optioned LHP Nick Maronde to Triple-A Salt Lake.