May 28. 2017
Giancarlo Stanton had three hits including a home run, as the Marlins knocked off the Angels 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park. The real concern for the Angels was the fact that slugger Mike Trout injured his thumb stealing 2nd base.
Trout slid head first into 2nd base in the 5th inning, jamming his left thumb on the play. He stayed in the game but left in the 6th to be examined. X-rays were negative, and Trout is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday when the team returns to Los Angeles.
“A scary thing,” Trout said. “Hopefully it’s just sore and just jammed, a bad jam. I’m obviously bummed out, but Monday if it feels a little better, we’ll see how it goes.”
The Halos totaled four hits, left the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings, and went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
After Stanton gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead with his solo blast to center field in the 1st, Martin Maldonado gave the Angels the lead in the 4th, connecting on a 2-run blast to left field.
The lead wouldn’t last long. The Marlins got three in the 5th on an Ichiro RBI single, followed by a 3-run homer from J.T. Riddle.
That would be all for Matt Shoemaker (4-3), who took the loss, departing after 4 2/3 innings. He was charged with 4 runs on 7 hits. The bullpen didn’t fare much better, giving up another 5 runs on 5 hits.
Jose Urena (3-2) got the win, pitching 5 innings and giving up just the 2 runs on 3 hits. He made a labor intensive 103 pitches.
The Angels dropped to 26-27 on the season, and went 4-6 on their 10-game trip. They’ll now return home for a 3-game series with the Braves beginning on Monday. Ricky Nolasco (2-4, 4.37 ERA) gets the start for the Halos, while the Braves go with Julio Teheran (3-4, 4.88 ERA).