Rapid reaction: Angels 5, Red Sox 4

August, 10, 2014
Aug 10
3:54
AM ET
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Things you missed by not including the Red Sox in your Saturday night plans -- and come to think of it, your Sunday morning activity:

• Six hours and 31 minutes of baseball, in which the Angels finally prevailed 5-4 in 19 innings. This was the longest game ever played between the franchises. They played 16 innings in 1972 and in 1970, both in Anaheim, and the Angels won both.

It was also the longest game in the majors this season, and longest in the history of Angel Stadium. The game ended at 3:39 a.m. ET.

• Albert Pujols’ first walk-off home run as an Angel, but not without Sox manager John Farrell asking umpires to review whether it cleared the yellow line in right field marking a home run. After a review of 90 seconds, the umpires upheld the call. The home run was the 22nd of the season for Pujols, who launched a full-count pitch from Brandon Workman (1-6), who had just entered the game.

The home run came on the 558th pitch of the night, the sixth by Workman. Sox rookie catcher Christian Vazquez, who went the distance, caught 272 pitches. Hank Conger and Chris Iannetta split 286 pitches from the Angels' staff.

• Eighteen pitchers used by both teams, nine on each side, including starters out of the pen for both teams: Matt Shoemaker for the Angels, Workman for the Sox. Angels manager Mike Scioscia used all 13 position players on his roster; Farrell used 10.

• Derring-do by Dustin Pedroia, who had three stolen bases all season, then stole two bases on the same play, picking himself up after swiping second and speeding to third, left unoccupied by the shift the Angels were employing against David Ortiz. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar could have prevented the advance by leaving his glove on Pedroia a tick longer after taking the throw at second.

• Ortiz, flipping his bat after Pedroia scored the go-ahead run on his sacrifice fly in the 14th.

• Pedroia, snapping at rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts, when he flipped to second after fielding Mike Trout’s ground ball instead of firing home with the bases loaded and no one out in the bottom of the 14th. Pedroia was so miffed he made a futile throw home instead of completing the double play. Problem is, if Bogie made the wrong decision, why were the Sox playing at double-play depth instead of halfway? And even if the kid goofed -- former Sox shortstop and ESPN analyst Alex Cora insisted in a tweet he didn’t -- why did Pedroia compound the mistake with a hopeless throw home?

• Pujols playing third base for the first time since June 12, 2012. Pujols was also playing where the second baseman is normally stationed when he threw out Ortiz to end the Sox's 19th.

• The Angels cancelling the postgame fireworks show, which left the few fans still in the stands in a foul mood.

• Two more sensational web gems from Jackie Bradley Jr.

• JBJ extending his hitless streak to 0-for-31 by going 0-for-4.

• Josh Hamilton doubling in the 17th to break an 0-for-23 streak (0-for-7 Saturday night) but getting stranded at third, where he’d advanced on a wild pitch.

• Heath Hembree stranding Hamilton at third in his Sox debut. Hembree, who came to the Sox from the Giants in the Jake Peavy deal, was called up by the Sox on Tuesday but hadn’t pitched since last Saturday for Pawtucket, when he went two-thirds of an inning. Hembree was a closer in the minors. He threw 62 pitches in four scoreless innings Saturday night.

• Clay Buchholz giving up hits to the first three Angels batters, resulting in two runs, then not allowing another hit until Howie Kendrick’s infield hit to open the seventh.

• Trout spoiling Buchholz’s effort by tying the score with a solo home run in the eighth, his 26th of the season.

• Angels starter Garrett Richards taking a no-hitter into the seventh, when Pedroia singled to lead off the inning, Ortiz doubled and Yoenis Cespedes singled. That matched the total number of hits the Sox would have in the other 18 innings.

• The Sox having only five at-bats the entire night with runners in scoring position, and leaving just five men on base.

• The last five spots in the Sox order combining to go 1-for-32, with Middlebrooks’ single the only hit.

• Ortiz's double, the only extra-base hit the Sox had in 19 innings.

• Sox catcher Christian Vazquez making two exceptional athletic plays, pouncing from behind the plate to throw out Collin Cowgill to end the seventh, then going vertical to spare Junichi Tazawa a wild pitch with the potential winning run on third, before Tazawa struck out Hamilton.

• And the tweet of the night from one Stuart Burnett (@burnett_stuart), who tweeted: "waking up on Sunday morning in the UK to check out how the Sox did... are doing -- and you say cricket takes a long time."

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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