Los Angeles Angels: Matt Garza
July, 29, 2013
By Ryan Feldman | ESPN Stats & Info
Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesJ.B. Shuck hit his first career home run on Monday.J.B. Shuck hit his first career home run tonight for the Los Angeles Angels against the Texas Rangers. But that's not the only reason why Shuck’s homer was unique.
Earlier this season, on June 5 against the Chicago Cubs, Shuck thought he had hit his first career home run in the second inning off then-Cubs pitcher Matt Garza. He crushed a ball down the right-field line into the stands. He circled the bases and celebrated with teammates in the dugout for what would have been his first career homer.
However, the Cubs complained to the umpires that the ball was foul. The umpires subsequently reviewed the play and ultimately overturned the call, correctly discovering it was indeed a foul ball.
Shuck still hadn’t hit a home run in his career –- until Monday, 54 days later. He hit his first career homer in the fifth inning off none other than -- Matt Garza.
Shuck wasn’t the story of the game for long. Down by a run in the ninth inning, A.J. Pierzynski hit his fourth career game-tying home run in the ninth inning or later. It was his first such homer since 2011 (when he was with the Chicago White Sox) against the Washington Nationals.
Three batters later, Geovany Soto hit his second career walk-off home run. His other walk-off homer was in 2011 (when he was with the Chicago Cubs) against the San Francisco Giants.
It was the second walk-off homer allowed in Ernesto Frieri's career. The other one was last season by Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals.
The Rangers became the first American League team this season with a game-tying and game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the same game.