Marte capitalizes on moment to play hero

Angels third baseman drives in Trout with walk-off sac fly vs. A's

June 27th, 2016

ANAHEIM -- Angels third baseman Jefry Marte had been waiting all game for his moment.

He was able to make it count, as his RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth to right field sealed a 7-6 walk-off win over the Athletics on Sunday at Angel Stadium to snap a six-game losing streak.

With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, it was the exact spot he had found himself in the night before. He took a first-pitch fastball over the middle of the plate for a strike, then popped up to second in the team's eventual 7-3 loss.

In a tie game, he was looking for that first-pitch fastball over the heart again. It came, and this time he swung and drove it far enough to score Mike Trout from third base and end the game.

"That was the perfect pitch to me," Marte said.

Just three innings earlier, the Angels were looking up at a 6-2 score and a potential seven-game losing streak. They began to chip away in the seventh, as Andrelton Simmons scratched a one-out single. Two batters later, Trout launched a moonshot home run to center field to cut the lead to 6-4.

The rally continued in the next inning, as Johnny Giavotella laced a one-out double down the left-field line. The next batter, Marte, singled to right to bring him home and cut the lead to one. After Marte moved to second on Daniel Nava's walk, Simmons came up with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game.

"We kept fighting back," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We had a big hole to climb out of, and our guys did. The bench was alive, even when we were down 6-2."

Trout led off the ninth against Athletics reliever Liam Hendriks, battling and fouling off pitch after pitch before taking his ninth pitch, a 3-2 slider, through the hole in left for a single.

"I was just trying to get on base for Albert [Pujols]," Trout said. "I missed a couple pitches early just trying to swing too hard. I calmed myself down [and got the hit]."

Pujols quickly went down 0-2, then worked his way back to an even count before lacing a single to left. After C.J. Cron popped out to short, Giavotella also worked his way back into a favorable count. He drew a walk, setting up Marte with the bases loaded.

"It's all huge," Scioscia said of the at-bats. "There's ways you can quantify good at-bats. Sometimes it's getting a good pitch to hit and not missing it, and then you have at-bats like Albert getting back into a count and Johnny drawing a huge walk."

Marte lined up for his first career walk-off and a chance to give the Angels a much-needed boost.

He got the fastball he was looking for, and it was perfect.