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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Josh Hamilton makes mental mistake on bases for last out of game

Josh HamiltonJosh Hamilton committed a mental blunder to end the Angels’ 5-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday night that just shows where the team’s disappointing season is right now.

Hamilton was on first with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Mark Trumbo at the plate. Trumbo popped up a ball between home and third in foul territory. Hamilton started trotting toward second and casually making his way toward third thinking that the pop out would end the game. Instead, Astros catcher Jason Castro made the catch in foul ground and threw to first to get Hamilton on the double play to end the game.

“That’s a mental mistake,” manager Mike Scioscia said, via the LA Daily News. “As perfect as players try to play, as hard as they try to play, unfortunately mental mistakes are going to creep into the scenario. We’ve seen it, guys on other teams. And Josh is accountable. He knows he messed up.”

The Angels aren’t pitching well, they’re not hitting well, and they’re losing. If there is one thing you would hope they could do properly it’s not make simple mistakes on the bases, but this is just kind of where they are.

The Angels are now 2-8, which is the worst record in the American League. Jered Weaver got hurt, Erick Aybar is hurt, and the team’s ERA is over five. And they can’t even keep track of the outs. What the heck is going on in Anaheim? This is ridiculous.



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