Monday, June 07, 2010

2010 LYB Majors Angels TOC Game #4

The Angels played the fourth game of the Laguna Youth Baseball Major Tournament of Champions. They played the Marlins. The Angels had beaten the Marlins by the score of 5 to 1 in May.

In the field, Jack played seven innings at third base. The last couple of games probably represent the best stretch that I have ever seen Jack play defensively. He had two assists and two put-outs in the game. In the third inning, Jack backhanded a hard grounder down the third base line on one knee, spun completely around and threw a strike to the first baseman for an out. It was a beautiful play. He fielded another grounder in the fourth and made the throw to first for the out. Jack tagged out a runner trying to steal third in the fifth. In the eighth, Niko caught a pop-up at short and threw to Jack at third to double off the runner and end the inning.

As well as Jack has played in the field, he has struggled at the plate over the last two games. He is mired in a 0 for 7 slump. Jack went 0 for 4 against the Marlins. I cannot remember a game where he has gone 0 for 4. In his first at-bat, Jack struck out looking on a 2 and 2 count against Bolton. He popped a 1 and 0 pitch to shortstop in his second plate appearance against Pat. In his at-bat, Jack grounded a 0 and 1 pitch to the second baseman against Bolton. Greysen was tagged out going to second and Jack was forced at first for the double play. Jack popped a 0 and 1 pitch behind first base in last fourth plate appearance against Matthew. The second baseman made a nice running, sliding catch for the out.

With the score tied 1 to 1 in the top of the eighth, the Angels went to a pitcher who has only pitched 7 innings this season. Four walks, a single and a home run later, the Angels were down by the score of 6 to 1 without getting an out.

Leaving 13 men on base, the Angels lost the game by the score of 6 to 2. The box score is here and the game log is here.

This is the Angels first loss in the double elimination Tournament of Champions. The Angels will play Giants on Tuesday night. The winner of that game will turn around and play the Marlins on Wednesday night.

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