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'Beatdown time' for squad

Baseball: 'Tired' Angelenos suffer late-game woes in 6-3 nonleague loss to the A's.

July 09, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The California Collegiate League All-Star break, which begins Monday, comes none too soon for the Glendale Angelenos, who are beginning to feel the grind after a month of near-daily games.

Coming off Tuesday's doubleheader in San Luis Obispo, from which the team didn't return home until the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the Angelenos stayed competitive early in a nonleague game against the Southern California A's on Wednesday night at Stengel Field, but went flat over the course of a 6-3 loss.

Glendale (15-14) was held to a single run on five hits over the final six innings of the game, which could be kept close by clutch defensive plays for only so long before the A's began to pull away from the sixth inning on.

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"Guys are just worn down," Angelenos Coach Tony Riviera said. "It's beatdown time. We've got three weeks left and we've really got to pick it up a notch. Yeah, we're all wounded, we're all hurt, we're all tired, but we've still got to play baseball. We didn't come here to play half a season."

The A's (16-9) struck for two runs in the top of the first inning against Angelenos starter Nick Plantz, who hit leadoff batter Greg Hemrock with a hit pitch and later saw him score on a double to deep right field by Andrew Mistone. Mistone would score two batters later on an error.

Glendale, which rested three of its 10 All-Star position players and looked to the left-hander Plantz to make a spot start, would come right back in the bottom of the second in similar fashion.

John Schwer took one between the shoulder blades to start the one-out rally, went to second on a walk by Austin Walker, stole third and scored on a single by Matt Telesco to make it 2-1.

With the bases loaded later in the frame, Walker tried to score on a shallow fly ball hit by Franco Broyles and found himself caught in a rundown between third and home, but scored the tying run on a throwing error.

Plantz got through the next 2 1/3 innings with just one baserunner allowed to preserve the tie, but complained of arm soreness after throwing his first pitch to Brian Seymour in the top of the fifth and was replaced by Devon Ramirez.

"He's a guy that we always looked at for a rotational guy," Riviera said of Platz. "He just felt like a little pull or a tear or something. He had surgery before, so we just wanted to make sure that it didn't go any further and he has a chance to take a look at it."

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