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Tuesday night’s game will be remembered mostly for Collin Cowgill‘s walk-off homer, which set up the Angels’ fifth straight win and put them 2 1/2 games back in the American League West, and for Yoenis Cespdes‘ throw, one of the best anybody has ever seen. But here are some other takeaways from one of the most interesting games of the season …
- This was the Angels’ best pitching performance of the year. Hector Santiago provided six scoreless innings in his return from Triple-A Salt Lake, scattering three hits while walking one and striking out eight. Then, six relievers (Kevin Jepsen, Mike Morin, Joe Smith, Cam Bedrosian, Fernando Salas and Cory Rasmus) combined to give up one run in eight innings, scattering five hits, walking two and striking out six, going toe-to-toe with an A’s bullpen that ranks third in the Majors in relief-pitcher WHIP.
- The Angels, as Mike Scioscia said, “were fortunate tonight.” They made two critical baserunning blunders, with Albert Pujols running through a Gary DiSarcina stop sign in the sixth to easily get thrown out at home by Brandon Moss, and Kole Calhoun trying to advance to third in the 11th on a ground ball to shortstop Jed Lowrie, who flipped to Josh Donaldson for the easy out.
- Scioscia made a questionable decision to have Calhoun bunt in the 13th, after Mike Trout drew a leadoff walk. Calhoun did his job, which meant Trout advanced to second, but with first base open, the A’s opted to walk Josh Hamilton (even though they had a lefty, Jeff Francis, pitching). The sac bunt took the bat out of the hands of one of the Angels’ best players, and paved the way for an inning-ending double play from David Freese.
- The Angels and A’s play a lot of extra innings. In five matchups between the two at Angel Stadium, they’ve now gone to extra innings three times. That, in addition to the 19-inning game played in Oakland on April 29 of last year.
The Angels have hired former infielder Gary DiSarcina to be their new third-base coach, in place of Dino Ebel, who was promoted to bench coach.
DiSarcina spent his entire 12-year Major League career as a shortstop with the Angels — a period spanning from 1989 to 2000 — and was most recently managing the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, R.I. DiSarcina, a Massachusetts native, worked in the Red Sox organization from 2007-10, including as a manager in Class A, then spent the 2012 season serving as the Angels’ Minor League field coordinator before returning to the Red Sox in December 2012.
DiSarcina played a year under Mike Scioscia, in 2000, and is well-regarded by general manager Jerry Dipoto, who promoted him just before he took the job with the Red Sox last offseason. He joins hitting coach Don Baylor — another former Angel — as a new addition to the Angels’ coaching staff, which saw bench coach Rob Picciolo and hitting coach Jim Eppard get dismissed after the 2013 season.
In the next day or two, the Angels are expected to announce a new seventh coach, who will serve as a facilitator to advanced scouting but won’t dress for games.
The Angels announced most of their Minor League development staff on Monday. Many are returnees, several got promotions and a few of them are new hirings, most of which were announced in mid-November.
A new name is Denny Hocking, the former utility player who played in the big leagues from 1993 to 2005 — with 11 of those years coming with the Twins — and spent 2012 as hitting coach for the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate.
The Angels lower Class A affiliate has moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Burlington for at least the next two seasons. Also, former infielder and Minor League field coordinator Gary DiSarcina has taken a job as manager of the Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate.
The Angels are still looking for a manager for rookie-level Orem, after Tom Kotchman resigned.
Here’s the full list, courtesy of the Angels’ PR department …
Triple-A Salt Lake
Manager: Keith Johnson
Pitching coach: Erik Bennett
Hitting coach: Francisco Matos
Trainer: Brian Reinker
Strength and conditioning: Josh Fields
MGR: Tim Bogar
PC: Mike Hampton
HC: Ernie Young
TR: Mike Metcalfe
S&C: Al Sandoval
Class A Inland Empire
MGR: Bill Haselman
PC: Brandon Emanuel
HC: Brenton DelChiaro
TR: Omar Uribe
Class A Burlington
MGR: Jaime Burke
PC: Trevor Wilson
HC: Nathan Haynes
TR: Chris Wells
S&C: Joe Griffin
PC: Chris Gissell
HC: Carson Vitale
TR: Matt Morrell
PC: Matt Wise
HC: Brian Betancourth and Ryan Barba
TR: George Spence
S&C: Sergio Rojas
Dominican Summer League
MGR: Charlie Romero
PC: Hector Astacio and Jose Marte
HC: Edgal Rodriguez and Anel De Los Santos
TR: Osiris Ramirez
Assistant GM, scouting and player development: Scott Servais
Director, player development: Bobby Scales
Manager, Minor League operations: Mike LaCassa
Coordinator Latin American operations: Michael Noboa
Field coordinator: Mike Micucci
Roving pitching coordinator: Jim Gott
Roving hitting coordinator: Paul Sorrento
Roving catching coordinator: Orlando Mercado
Special assignment infield coach: Bobby Knoop
Special assignment catching coach: Bill Lachemann
Special assignment pitching coach: Pete Harnisch
Medical coordinator: Geoff Hostetter
Strength and conditioning coordinator: Seth Walsh
Rehab coordinator: Eric Munson
Rehab coach: Kernan Ronan
Minor League equipment manager: Brett Crane
Assistant equipment manager/Minor League video coordinator: Aaron Wiedeman