May 13, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) leaps to catch a hit from Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) in the tenth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies took on the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night in Anaheim behind starter Jordan Lyles, looking to end their ten-game losing streak.
Mike Trout singlehandedly snuffed out Colorado Rockies scoring opportunities in both the tenth and eleventh innings, and the Los Angeles Angels won in walk-off fashion Wednesday night, 2-1 over the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies got off to an auspicious start when, in the first inning, Albert Pujols hit a ball right back to the mound that went off Jordan Lyles’ pitching hand. The Rockies threw Pujols out at first to end the inning, but Lyles was removed from the game and had a gnarly bruise almost immediately.
During the game, Rockies TV reported that Lyles did not break his hand, though, so it stands to reason he may not miss too much time going forward.
In his place, Christian Bergman entered the game as long reliever in the second inning.
Bergman came up Milhouse, tossing 5.1 innings and allowing just three hits, and no walks, while striking out four batters over 50 pitches (39 strikes).
The Rockies got on the board first in the fourth inning, when Drew Stubbs singled home Wilin Rosario to make it a 1-0 game off Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Bergman would go until he allowed a hit in the seventh, and was removed in favor of Scott Oberg, who surrendered a walk and a single by Erick Aybar to score Mike Trout and tie the game at one apiece.
The score held like that into the tenth inning, as neither team threatened much in the unlikely pitcher’s duel.
It looked like Troy Tulowitzki had won the game for the Rockies in the top of the tenth with a shot to deep center field, but Trout leaped at the wall to save a home run, and keep the game tied at one apiece heading to the bottom half of the inning.
Aybar singled to lead off the bottom of the tenth, and was bunted to second base. Rockies reliever Christian Friedrich then struck out Collin Cowgill to bring up Carlos Perez with two outs and a chance to win the game for the Angels, but Friedrich struck him out, too, sending the game to the eleventh inning.
The Rockies had another rally brewing in the eleventh when Carlos Gonzalez singled and advanced to third on two wild pitches, but Trout again reared his head on defense, this time gunning down CarGo at the plate on a would-be sacrifice fly, for a double play to end the inning.
The Angels loaded the bases in the eleventh, on singles by C.J. Cron and Kole Calhoun, before Friedrich intentionally walked Trout with nobody out to face Pujols.
Pujols hit a sacrifice fly to score Taylor Featherston, running for Cron, and give the Angels the game in the 11th.
The Rockies have now lost eleven straight games. Christian Friedrich took the loss, allowing a run in 1.1 innings of relief tonight.
The Rockies struck out 14 times on the night, and didn’t walk once. Rockies pitching, however, allowed just eight hits and two walks (one intentional), despite losing starter Lyles just thirteen pitches into the game.
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The Rockies next play Thursday night right up the road at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first in a four-game series against their NL West rival.
Chad Bettis will start Thursday night for the Rockies, followed by Eddie Butler, Jorge De La Rosa, and Kyle Kendrick over the weekend.
The Rockies then return to Denver to face the struggling Philadelphia Phillies beginning on Monday.