Phil Nevin believes Angels are currently playing sound baseball

It was a new day at the Angels clubhouse less than 24 hours after one of the team’s worst innings of the season.

Interim manager Phil Nevin was encouraged by injured starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen, who threw a simulated play on Tuesday. Jo Adell – who was hit in the thumb by a pitch on Monday – hit a home run from Lorenzen. Max Stassi and Aaron Loup continued their usual pre-game routine in better spirits.

“I think we’ve been playing pretty solid baseball for about two weeks now and I’m not going to let an inning throw us off course,” Nevin said of how he’s approaching and moving forward to the next game with the Mariners. “Nobody here will allow that [inning] affects us.”

It was a necessary mental shift after the Angels’ ugly loss to the Mariners the night before.

The players and coaches left the field and the dugout, understandably and visibly upset. Reactions after the game were brief, and a sense of frustration mixed with confusion over the events that transpired lingered.

That was after a ninth inning in which Stassi thought Mariner Sam Haggerty – who reached on a single – was trying to move up to second after Loup’s last pitch got away from Stassi, and in response his throw sailed out of Luis Rengifos Reach and Haggerty was able to finish second.

The next slip came when home plate umpire Laz Diaz lost track of the number of balls with Carlos Santana at the plate. Santana finally reached out on a walk.

Julio Rodriguez sent a 107mph liner at Rengifo, a ball hit so hard it bounced off Rengifo’s glove. Rengifo sent the ball to Stassi to prevent Haggerty from scoring and breaking the 2-2 tie.

But the big mistake: Stassi and third baseman Jose Rojas got it wrong when they ran down Haggerty, who was lurking on the base paths between them. Approaching Haggerty and Rojas, Stassi left home plate open and then threw the ball to Rojas. But by the time first baseman Jared Walsh or Loup could get on the plate, Haggerty had already gotten past Rojas and Stassi to score and Santana could safely move into third.

The inning continued to unravel and the Mariners won 6-2.

Seattle Mariners' Dylan Moore scores past Angels catcher Max Stassi.

Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore (left) smashes past Angels catcher Max Stassi with a grounder from Ty France in the ninth inning at Angel Stadium Monday.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

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— David Fletcher left Monday’s game early with a bruise to his left foot after fouling a ball off himself in the fifth inning. It caused him enough pain to double over and roll on the dirt. He continued the at-bat, but afterwards he told Nevin that he didn’t feel comfortable playing any further. He was sent for an X-ray that night, which was negative for a break, and was back on the starting line-up on Tuesday.

– Adell, Monday’s final batter, slammed into a field he swung at and hit, but the ball caught his thumb rather than his bat. He was also sent for an x-ray after that game, which also came back negative for a break. He was available from the bench on Tuesday and explained that while he can go up to bat, his thumb felt stiff and therefore throwing was uncomfortable.

— Tepera didn’t play on Sunday and wasn’t available outside the bullpen on Monday either. When asked why the assist isn’t being used, Nevin said Tepera was struggling with a knot in his lat.

“Everything looks fine,” Nevin said. “He’s had it before. I’m just trying to avoid him a bit. Hopefully that thing gets out of there and he can get going.”

Nevin was non-binding as to whether he would be available on Tuesday.

– Lorenzen threw a simulation game, the next step in his recovery and return from a right shoulder strain.

“He was great, looked great and threw a lot of strikes,” Nevin said. “Pleased with what we saw.”

There is still no fixed date for his return. The team will evaluate Lorenzen again on Wednesday.

— Trout had a scheduled Tuesday off after three days of increased rehab work. The team will see how he feels on Wednesday. There is still no fixed date for his return. Phil Nevin believes Angels are currently playing sound baseball

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