Mark Trumbo's Home Run Defeats Texas Rangers, but LA Angels Wave White Flag

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Mark Trumbo's Home Run Defeats Texas Rangers, but LA Angels Wave White Flag
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 18: Mark Trumbo (R) #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is mobbed by his teammates at home plate after hitting the game winning walk off home run against the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Rangers 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

After enduring through the past three days of Angel losses to the Texas Rangers and watching Texas's lead in the AL West balloon to seven games, Thursday night's game was almost too painful to watch.

...Until the ninth inning when young Mark Trumbo gave Angels fans a reason to celebrate by homering off Rangers set-up man extraordinaire Mike Adams.

Ahh, sweet irony.

Well, enjoy that one, Tony Reagins, because when the Angels sent Tyler Chatwood down Thursday night, it was basically the Angels' waving their 2011 white flag.

Oh, okay, well don't hold me to that (there's still 37 games left in the season). But how else can one perceive the Angels' roster move? In a post-game interview on Thursday night, manager Mike Scioscia said all the right things about Chatwood's demotion: Chatwood is going to work on his mechanics, etc.

And by no means was Chatwood playing very well (he was 0-3 with a 8.53 ERA over his last four starts), but the roster move all Angels fans were waiting for was the calling up of Mike Trout from Double-A. The fact that it wasn't Mike Trout suggests to me the front office is unofficially calling this season quits.

Still, you could see palpable excitement on Torii Hunter's face in post-game interviews after Trumbo's dramatic hit. And Trumbo looked nervous being in the limelight. It was good to see the Angels excited again.

But the end of last night's game sent mixed signals to Angels fans. Winning a dramatic game to beat the divisional leaders—off the recently traded Mike Adams, no less—to be preceded by Chatwood's demotion is just another sign that the front office and the team itself seem to be out of sync.

Last night's home run may have been the last exciting moment this Angels season. At least it was a good one.

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