Trout gets another up-and-in heater from SF pitcher in loss

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San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler gestures toward umpires as Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, left, stands at the plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO – Angels star Mike Trout flinched after yet another high-and-tight fastball from San Francisco reliever Shaun Anderson, prompting a warning from the plate umpire Thursday night in the Giants’ 10-5 win over Los Angeles.

Two days earlier in Anaheim, Trout was upset when Anderson twice threw near his head in the ninth inning. After that game, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he was giving Anderson, a 25-year-old with control issues, some needed work after not pitching for a while.

This time, the three-time AL MVP turned his head after another heater sailed up and in. Angels manager Joe Maddon loudly cursed and complained before emerging from the dugout to continue — after this week’s previous episode, Maddon said of Anderson: “That’s just a young man that’s not ready to be here, that’s all that is.”

Maddon didn't mince words after seeing it happen again.

“Enough was enough,” he said. “I don’t want to use the word ‘irresponsible’ loosely but in that situation, you pretty much knew it was going to happen again. I’m not accusing the guy of doing anything on purpose. I’m just saying he doesn’t command his fastball enough in order to know where it’s going.”

Maddon wouldn’t call the pitches to Trout intentional but was incensed after it occurred three times in two games.

“A player of Trout’s stature, third ball in the (two games) that we’ve faced them. Too close, too close,” Maddon said. “It can’t happen. It just can’t happen. The kid’s got eight walks in nine innings, so it’s not an anomaly moment for them.”

A few people in the Giants barked back as Maddon came onto the field and the umpires conferred in the infield, prompting the warning from plate ump Lance Barrett.