Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/12/12
MINNEAPOLIS - Some losses defy all reasonable explanation. The Angels had one of those games Wednesday night. They had their best pitcher on the mound against a team that had yet to win its first game of the season, they had a two-run lead in the seventh inning, they had favorable pitching matchups and they seemed to be energized by an inside-the-park home run from Peter Bourjos. But that's what makes baseball a funny game. Even when everything seems to be going right, it doesn't take much to turn it upside down. Jered Weaver called the 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins bitter, and that's exactly what it was. The Angels are still looking to find their groove, to reach a level of consistency that they can depend on, but it remains elusive. Who would have guessed that Bourjos would have more home runs than Albert Pujols? Or that the light-hitting Twins, with a collective .165 batting average at the start of the night, would tag Weaver for seven hits and five runs in six-plus innings? "Just losing a game is bitter, especially one like that where the guys battled back to score some runs," Weaver said. "We just couldn't hold on. Any time you lose a game it's bitter, but any time you lose a one-run game it's a little worse." They could have avoided it, but Weaver gave up leadoff singles to Ryan Doumit and Danny Valencia neither of whom was hitting above .100 when the game began to open the seventh and that was it. He left with a 5-3 lead, but the tying runs were on base and the game was no longer in his hands. Manager Mike Scioscia didn't second-guess himself for sending out Weaver to start the seventh, even though he had thrown 95 pitches to that point. Besides, he had left-hander Hisanori Takahashi ready to face left-handed hitter Chris Parmelee. "Taka got to 0-and-2 on Parmelee and just made a pitch that's very uncharacteristic of him -- a changeup that stayed middle of the plate," Scioscia said. Parmelee lined the ball inside the first base line, and right fielder Torii Hunter chased it furiously, hoping to cut it off and prevent at least one run from scoring. But the ball took a funny hop, and Hunter tumbled face-first into the padded side wall in foul territory. He scrambled to his feet as the ball caromed toward the fence, but it was too late to keep both runners from scoring as Parmelee stood on third with a triple. "It was just a nasty bounce," said Hunter, who was checked by the team trainer but stayed in the game. Asked how he felt after hitting the wall, he said, "Punch drunk, like Mike Tyson hit me." Right-hander LaTroy Hawkins replaced Takahashi and got Alexi Casilla on a fly ball to right, not deep enough to let Parmelee score. Hawkins then got Denard Span to take a called third strike, but Jamey Carroll, who was hitless in 13 at-bats when the game began, lined a single to right to give the Twins a 6-5 lead. The Angels were hoping to celebrate Bourjos' amazing inside-the-park home run, which came with two runners on base and gave them a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning. But by the end of the night, it was just a footnote. A replay by FOX Sports West showed that Bourjos circled the bases in 14 seconds, and although it looked like he didn't break into full speed until he got past first base, he said he was sprinting from the start. "When I was coming around second, I saw that Span was still chasing the ball (in left field)," he said. "I felt it would take two perfect throws to get me." In fact, there wasn't even a play at the plate. Bourjos, arguably the fastest player in the game, scored easily. "Pete can fly," Scioscia said. "To get around the bases like he did there was incredible. When he opens up those burners, it's fun to watch." Fun, yes, but only until everything fell apart.
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