The Angels lost a game in the last week when one of their pitchers threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk with a runner at third. So this didn't qualify as the most unexpected way for them to lose a game, but it was close.
Nine-time Gold Glove award winner Torii Hunter was in center field Thursday for the first time since last August, when he agreed to move to right field after speedy Peter Bourjos was promoted from Triple-A.
Bourjos is slumping badly, going hitless in his last 20 at-bats and 1-for-29, so Angels manager Mike Scioscia benched him for a day, moving Hunter back to his old home.
"Shoot, that's just like riding a bike," Hunter said of moving back to center field for the day.
Hunter certainly looked like his old self when he crashed into the wall while running down Carlos Peguero's deep fly ball in the seventh inning.
In the ninth inning of the 1-1 tie, though, Peguero sent a far more routine fly ball into center field with two out and a runner on third. Hunter lost the ball in the sun, a rare enough sight in Seattle, known for its frequent rain, and it fell for the game-winning hit.
Afterward, Hunter was clearly crushed by the latest twist in a painful season. He is batting only .218, leads the American League by having hit nto 12 double plays, hasn't hit a home run since April 21 and has only one extra-base hit since May 3.
"Seven weeks of hell for me; not fun at all," Hunter said. "Bad week for all of us. But seven weeks of hell for me. You can blame me for some of the losses."
Thursday's defeat was the Angels' fifth in a row and seventh in their past eight games.
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