After the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Angels Monday night in their series opener at Dodger Stadium, Andre Ethier officially had no comment regarding reports of his pending $85 million contract extension, but the right fielder did confirm that there would be an announcement of some kind on Tuesday.
On the field, the star of the game on Monday was Mike Trout, who homered, drove in two runs, stole two bases, and scored two runs, including the winning run in the ninth inning. After just one game, manager Don Mattingly was impressed.
"I haven't seen a whole lot, but I've seen plenty tonight," Mattingly said. "He's got speed that you can't teach, he hit a ball into the second deck. He's a guy that can change the game."
Trout scored the winning run with two outs in the ninth on a single by Albert Pujols. With first base open, Mattingly had the option of walking Pujols but that would have put two runners on for Mark Trumbo, hitting .325/.380/.624 with 14 home runs this season. Mattingly opted to pitch to Pujols with one runner on instead of Trumbo with two runners on base, with closer Kenley Jansen on the mound.
"It was just a matter of who we were going to go after. It's not a great choice either way," Mattingly said. "With Kenley we feel like we can go after everybody."
Chris Capuano pitched into the sixth inning though he didn't record an out during that frame. His start was cut short thanks to a heavy pitch count early and poor command. Capuano allowed eight base runners in the first three innings, but somehow no runs during that span.
"The first three innings I felt as bed as I've ever felt mechanically. The last two games and the first three innings tonight I've been having a lot of problems with command, walking a lot of guys and have just been struggling," Capuano said.
He allowed two for the game, and has allowed 13 runs in 15 1/3 innings in three June starts. But he also made a mechanical adjustment after the third inning with the help of pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. Capuano allowed a home run to Trout in the fourth, but retired the side in order in the fifth.
"Despite the home run I was happy with the way I threw the ball in the last two innings, and I'm going to try to build off that," said Capuano.