ANAHEIM -- Torii Hunter figures it was the second time he had gotten a base hit and failed to drive in a runner from third.
He didn't specify who the first base runner was, but considering he has had 6,653 major-league at-bats and 1,820 hits, what happened in the seventh inning involving Kendrys Morales was notably rare. He hit a sinking liner to right, Morales retreated to the third-base bag to tag up and then couldn't score when the ball dropped in front of Jeff Francoeur.
It kind of raises a larger point: Who are the Angels any more? After injecting the power of Morales and Albert Pujols -- who made a base-running gaffe Saturday -- into their lineup, are they now a lumbering, station-to-station team? Or, with speed on the fringes, do they still intend to push and probe for opportunities on the bases?
Through the first two games and at times in the spring, it has looked like a search void of answers. It's pretty apparent they're no longer the gnats of the American League, which is probably a good thing, but the transition has been hazy. They probably need to figure out who they are fairly quickly.
Through two games, the Angels have had two runners picked off, had a another doubled off second on a liner to shortstop, run through a stop sign and failed to score from third on a base hit. It's fair to say things haven't gone smoothly on the bases. Considering they've been shut out through at least the first six innings of both games, that's a somewhat troubling development.
"Guys might be a little bit anxious out there," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Some guys are trying to force a couple things."
Pujols was running with his head down and failed to pick up Dino Ebel's stop sign on Morales' single to left field. Alex Gordon made a good throw to the plate and it beat Pujols, who argued briefly after Bob Davidson called him out. Maybe the Angels would be better off throttling back on the aggressive base running and waiting for the batter's box offense to show up?
"I think we've got OK team speed. We don't have too many little guys out there," Hunter said. "We've got a couple guys out there who can run, but we've got some power guys who can hit."