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Video: Mike Trout pointed out that Angels reliever was tipping pitches

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July 30, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) following the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels dropped to 36-41 after an 11-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, and Mike Trout seemed visibly frustrated with one of his teammates.

Angels reliever Elvis Peguero came on in the sixth inning and gave up four earned runs on two hits and two walks in 0.2 innings. Peguero was tipping his pitches, and cameras caught Trout in center field demonstrating how the pitcher was doing so. Trout was seemingly showing Peguero how to fix the problem.

The Angels broadcast explained the issue. Whenever Peguero came set on the mound with his pitching glove held higher, the White Sox knew to look for a breaking ball. When his glove was a bit lower, a fastball was the likely pitch. Trout saw from center field that Peguero’s glove positioning prior to throwing the ball was giving Chicago’s hitters an indication of the pitch to come.

After the game, Peguero said that he didn’t realize that he was tipping until he saw the video of Trout after the game.

Tuesday’s loss could’ve been especially frustrating for Trout because the team wasted great offensive performances from both him and Shohei Ohtani. Trout went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, while Ohtani had three hits, including a homer and two RBI, and eight total bases.

This wasn’t the only pitch-tipping incident the Angels have been involved in this year.


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