Sunday, June 17, 2012
Perfection, Twice Interrupted: Angels 2, Diamondbacks 0
All of the Angels' scoring came in the first, when Mark Trumbo cleared the bullpen fence to give the team an early — and as it turned out, permanent and final — two-run lead. The team stranded ten runners on the night, which was a testament to Joe Saunders' skill at leaving them elsewhere, or perhaps a comment on the team's weak RISP hitting, take your pick.
Before the game, we had a fine afternoon conversation with the Baseball Prospectus west coast team, headed by Joe Hamrahi, former Register reporter Sam Miller, ex-Dodgers GM Dan Evans, Jason Martinez (of mlbdepthcharts.com), Jason Wojciechowski, and Stephani Bee. After that, Angels AGM Matt Klentak and (I believe) director of baseball operations Justin Hollander came out and discussed their roles in the organization and answered our many questions. It was great fun, and a wonderful opportunity. Joe expressed to me the hope that they're going to do one of these in August for the Dodgers, which will for sure get me out to the park.