Los Angeles Angels: A.J. Ellis

Angels can't solve Kuroda

July, 2, 2011
7/02/11
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ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia clearly was reluctant to praise Dodgers' right-hander Hiroki Kuroda after Friday's game, a 5-0 Dodgers' win, despite Kuroda's stellar seven-inning, three-hit, one-walk performance.

"He pitched alright," Scioscia said of Kuroda, who threw 103 pitches. "He pitched OK tonight."

Why the apparent bitterness?

Because Scioscia felt Kuroda purposely hit his first baseman, rookie Mark Trumbo, in the bottom of the seventh inning with a pitch. It appeared to be a potential retaliation move after Kuroda hit Torii Hunter on the hand in the first inning, forcing him to exit the game, and the Angels followed it up by hitting Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis in the fourth and sixth innings.

Trumbo, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder who stands reasonably far away from the plate in the batter's box, avoided Kuroda's first pitch but couldn't escape the fourth, which hit him in the leg and prompted plate umpire Dale Scott to formally warn both dugouts.

“You like to give guys the benefit of the doubt, but he almost hit him with the first pitch, and it [only wasn't a hit-by-pitch because] Mark’s way off the plate," Scioscia said after Friday's game. "And the second time it was a laser right at him.

"The intent was obvious there.”

A reporter began to ask another question -- related to the Angels' seventh-inning fielding fiasco that allowed Dee Gordon to score from third -- but Scioscia cut him off, clearly still peeved about the previous one.

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WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
18 3.59 169 213
OTHER LEADERS
BAH. Kendrick .293
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169