Trout hits for cycle to lead Angels to rout

Oklahoma devastation weighs on mind of Mariners’ Daren Brown, who still has family there

ryan.divish@thenewstribune.comMay 22, 2013 

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout hit for the cycle and drove in five runs, Josh Hamilton celebrated his 32nd birthday with a homer and a triple, and Howie Kendrick also went deep in the Los Angeles Angels’ 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Trout, last season’s American League rookie of the year and MVP runner-up, became the sixth player in Angels history to complete the cycle and the first to do it since Chone Figgins on Sept. 16, 2006, at Texas.

After taking a called third strike his first time up, Trout reached on an infield single in the third inning, hit an RBI triple in the fourth and added a three-run double in the sixth before homering in the eighth on a 2-0 pitch from Lucas Luetge.

Jerome Williams (3-1) scattered six hits over eight innings, struck out six and walked two while helping send the Mariners to their season-high fifth straight loss. The right-hander, who was lifted after 107 pitches, got one more run of support than he did in his three previous starts this season combined.

Aaron Harang (1-5) lasted only 31/2 innings in his first outing since May 7, giving up seven runs and nine hits — seven of them for extra bases. The 35-year-old right-hander, who missed his previous turn in the rotation because of stiffness in his lower back, has yet to go more than six innings in any of his six starts with the Mariners.

The Angels grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first. Erick Aybar led off with a double, Albert Pujols singled him home, and Hamilton drove a 3-2 pitch to left-center for his sixth homer. In the three previous games Hamilton played on his birthday in the major

leagues, he did not have an RBI in 12 at-bats.

Los Angeles extended the margin to 7-0 in the fourth, scoring four runs on five extra-base hits. Hamilton legged out his second triple of the season leading off and Kendrick drove the next pitch to right-center for his seventh home run, one fewer than he had last year. Alberto Callaspo followed with a double, Aybar drove him in with a two-out double, and Trout chased Harang with his triple to right-center.

Luetge followed Danny Farquhar out of the Seattle bullpen during the Angels’ four-run sixth, giving up Trout’s three-run double on his first pitch. Pujols got an RBI single two pitcher later to give the Angels an 11-0 cushion.

The Mariners, 4-for-32 with men in scoring position during Cleveland’s four-game sweep against them, threatened in the third before Kyle Seager grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners at first and second. At the time, Seager had the most at-bats by any AL player who hadn’t grounded into one (168).

BROWN FEELS PAIN

Daren Brown remembers as a child, heading with his mother and father and sisters into the storm cellar of their ranch in Enid, Okla., when the funnel clouds were coming.

One time he watched a tornado lift the family barn off the ground and destroy it in its churning winds.

“It sounds like a freight train only louder,” Brown said.

For Brown, a proud Oklahoman, the tragedy in his home state where an EF5 Tornado destroyed the suburb of Moore, killing at least 24 people still hits hard.

“Sometimes they just come out of the sky and they are gone,” he said. “This one stayed on the ground for a long time and you see what kind of damage they can do.”

Brown’s hometown is about an hour’s drive from Moore and he has no immediate family in the area with two sisters in Tulsa and another in Stillwater. But Oklahoma is a small enough state in terms of area and population that there is a sense of community among its residents and natives.

“It was a tough couple of days, Shawnee the first day and then Moore the next,” he said. “It affects everybody. I grew up there and lived there most of my life. That’s my home state. It’s a terrible thing to see.”

It’s one of the risks in Oklahoma and other tornado-alley states. It also is why people from around the state have rushed to Moore to offer aid in any way possible.

“If you’ve lived there long enough, you’ve seen one and you know what kind of damage they can do,” Brown said. “It’s why you worry when you hear about one being close to home.”

WEDGE TALKS WILHELMSEN

Mariners manager Eric Wedge was asked about Tom Wilhelmsen’s growth as a closer, but then also started talking about Monday’s debacle of a loss when his closer dropped the game-winning out at first base in the bottom of the ninth.

“Even after that play at first base yesterday, you talk about toughness, to be able to get back on the mound and keep the game where it was, that meant a lot to me,” Wedge said. “It was one of the reasons I didn’t think it was fair to send him back out that next inning. To ask him to do something he hasn’t done this year, in a place where he was pitch count-wise. That’s just not the right thing to do.”

Wilhelmsen was at 22 pitches when Wedge decided to go to Charlie Furbush instead.

In 18 appearances this season, Wilhelmsen has pitched more than one inning just once — two innings against Detroit on April 17 in a 2-1 14 inning loss, which was played at home.

Of the top 10 closers in the American League by saves, only Wilhelmsen and Ernesto Frieri of the Angels have multiple inning appearances.

So is Wedge opposed to using his closer multiple innings?

“Once you get into the season and you get a little deeper, I think you can let them be a one-plus guy,” Wedge said. “I’ve had guys that had to be one-inning guys — the (Joe) Borowski’s, the (Bob) Wickman’s back in the day. They weren’t capable of doing one-plus. It was tough enough in the ninth.”

ON TAP

The Mariners wrap up the brief two-game series with rookie right-hander Brandon Maurer (2-5, 5.75 ERA) taking the mound in a homecoming for the Costa Mesa, Calif., native. The Angels will go with left-hander C.J. Wilson (3-3, 3.72). First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on Root Sports and 710-AM.

The Associated Press and staff writer Ryan Divish contributed to this report. Ryan Divish: 253-597-8483 ryan.divish@thenewstribune.com

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