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OC Register: Angels’ Nolan Schanuel has on-base streak end after Orioles appeal


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ANAHEIM — It took a scoring change in the cover of night to finally end Nolan Schanuel’s historic on-base streak to begin his career.

The Angels rookie first baseman appeared to reach base in his 36th consecutive game with a walk on Friday against the Boston Red Sox. He was just two games away from the second-best on-base streak to begin a career in MLB history. Or so it seemed.

Late Friday, news began to trickle in that an MLB scoring change took a hit away from Schanuel last Saturday at Baltimore. A play that was once ruled an infield hit was ruled an error after an Orioles appeal.

Since it was actually the second change to a play, it meant that no more appeals could be accepted and the Angels were not allowed to request a further review of the situation.

“Disappointing, but time to move on,” Schanuel said Saturday.

It was a measured and professional response from the 22-year-old and a clear sign of just how he was able to transition into the major leagues so comfortably in the first place.

The play in question came in the ninth inning at Baltimore on Saturday, when it seemed that Schanuel kept the streak alive with a ground ball toward right field that Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle stopped on a diving play. Mountcastle threw the ball to pitcher Mike Baumann, who couldn’t make the play while in a full sprint to the bag.

The play was originally ruled a hit and a throwing error on Mountcastle as Baumann was unable to come up with his low throw. The rare double change gave the error to Baumann instead.

“I don’t think it was right, but they are the decision makers,” Angels manager Ron Washington said. “I certainly wanted to see history continue. Scorekeeper made a call, another group made another call.”

Instead of extending his on-base streak to 36 consecutive games Friday, it was merely No. 5 for Schanuel.

The Angels are now tracking a different career-opening streak, with Schanuel entering Saturday’s game by reaching base via hit, walk, hit batter or error in those 36 games. Reaching by error does not factor into a player’s on-base percentage.

Only five times in Angels history has a player reached base via hit, walk, hit by pitch or error in more than 36 consecutive games, with Orlando Cabrera at the top of the list with 63 consecutive games in 2007. Mike Trout has streaks of 48 games (2013) and 40 games (2017).

HUNTER, GATHERER

Former Angels Gold Glove winning center fielder Torii Hunter has a new role in the organization as a special assistant to general manager Perry Minasian.

Hunter was a special instructor at spring training, saying at the time: “Full time? Not ready to do that. It could happen someday. We’ll see.”

A special assistant role offers more flexibility than say a job as a coach, something that came up over the winter after Washington was hired as manager. Hunter called that “a rumor.”

In five seasons with the Angels (2008-12), Hunter batted .286 with an .814 OPS and hit 105 home runs with 432 RBIs in 713 games. He was a Gold Glove winner in 2008 and 2009 to earn the last of his nine consecutive defensive honors.

Hunter made two of his five All-Star Games appearances in an Angels uniform.

Hunter played his first 12 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and had served as their special assistant in baseball operations since 2016.

Other former MLB players who serve as a special assistant to Minasian include Kurt Suzuki, Eddie Guardado and Chris Carpenter.

GOOD TO GO

Despite coming out of his first start of the season with a blister and a cracked fingernail, right-hander Chase Silseth is set to make his start Sunday against the Red Sox.

Silseth struggled to the tune of four runs (three earned) on five hits in three innings against the Miami Marlins on Monday. But Mike Trout rode to the rescue with two home runs and the Angels rallied for a 7-4 victory.

Silseth received permission to wear a protective covering on his finger for Saturday’s outing.

UP NEXT

Red Sox (RHP Tanner Houck (1-0, 0.00) at Angels (RHP Chase Silseth, 0-0, 9.00 ERA), 1:07 p.m., Bally Sports West, 830 AM

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23 minutes ago, DMVol said:

Why would they want their guy to have an error? Unearned run for the pitcher?

It was listed as a single and an error then changed to a 2 base error by a different guy. Pure chickenshit

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