Turner, Tigers routed by Angels 13-0
Jacob Turner’s latest chance to showcase his talent didn’t last
Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols all homered off the
Detroit rookie in the first two innings, and the Los Angeles Angels
went on to rout the Tigers 13-0 on Tuesday night. Alberto Callaspo
and Kendrys Morales went deep later in the game.
The Tigers were shut out for the first time in 159 games, a
franchise-record streak that began last July 17 – exactly a year
earlier to the day.
”Obviously, I made some mistakes and they put good swings on
them,” Turner said. ”That’s the big difference between the majors
and the minors. When you make a mistake up here, you are a lot more
likely to get hurt by it.”
Garrett Richards (3-1) allowed three hits in seven innings for
Los Angeles, easily outdueling Turner (0-1) in a matchup of top
pitching prospects. The Detroit right-hander lasted only two
innings, giving up seven runs and six hits on a 100-degree
”Jacob is a potential top-of-the-rotation guy who just needs
more seasoning,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. ”I still
expect to see him high in a rotation someday, but he’s not ready
Trout had four hits for Los Angeles, including a 430-foot
The Angels lead the major leagues with 14 shutouts.
Pujols opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, and
Trumbo followed with his 26th homer of the year, a three-run shot.
Trout’s two-run homer in the second was the most impressive – an
opposite-field drive to right-center that made it 6-0.
”It felt good off the bat,” Trout said. ”I was running pretty
hard, because it’s a big park.”
Pujols added a solo shot in the second.
Trout now has 100 hits this season in 69 games, and he raised
his American League-leading average to .355. Pujols and Howard
Kendrick had three hits each.
Trumbo has six homers in his last eight games.
Detroit needed to send Turner to the mound because of an injury
to fellow rookie Drew Smyly. Leyland talked a bit before the game
about the challenges young pitchers face when they have to learn on
the job at the major league level.
The 21-year-old Turner was recalled from the minors before the
game to make his fifth career start, and he was in trouble from the
beginning in a game that began amid triple-digit heat.
Trumbo’s homer went an estimated 415 feet to left. Trout’s was
even longer, landing in the outfield seats and bouncing up onto a
concourse above Sparky Anderson’s retired No. 11.
Pujols’ homer was the 461st of his career, tying Chipper Jones
for 33rd on the career list.
The Angels put their leadoff man on in each of the first six
innings. Morales drove in another run in the sixth with a single,
and Callaspo’s three-run homer later that inning made it 11-0.
In the bottom half, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hit a line drive to
right, but Torii Hunter made a diving catch. Richards, who is three
years older than Turner, walked four but pitched comfortably with a
Morales hit a solo homer in the eighth, and Peter Bourjos hit an
RBI double in the ninth.
NOTES: Detroit’s Doug Fister (3-6) takes the mound against C.J.
Wilson (9-5) of the Angels on Wednesday night. … Angels RHP Dan
Haren (lower back stiffness) made a rehab start Monday night,
pitching five innings for Class A Inland Empire. OF Vernon Wells
(right thumb surgery) is expected to start a rehab assignment this
weekend. … Trout’s homer was his 13th of the year. Pujols’ was
his 16th. … Detroit’s Austin Jackson had his streak of 13 games
with a run snapped. … Detroit’s last game without a run was last
July 16, a 5-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox.