ANAHEIM, Calif. – Bobby LaFromboise came jogging in from the bullpen Friday night, a mixture of nerves and adrenaline coursing through his veins. He was fulfilling a childhood dream.
Growing up in nearby Downey, Calif., and playing at Warren High School and later Rio Hondo Community College, LaFromboise often envisioned himself standing on the mound at Angels Stadium.
“I grew up about 20 minutes from here and still live in the area, so this is pretty much home for me,” he said. “I used to go to games here all the time.”
LaFromboise even managed to work security for games when the Angels were playing the White Sox in the American League Division Series in 2005 while he was in college.
“We didn’t do a whole lot, but we got to go to the games,” he said.
So with close to 50 friends and family members in the stands, LaFromboise came in to pitch against Josh Hamilton with runners on first and second and one out in the 10th inning of a 2-2 game.
“I was a little excited, a little nervous,” he said. “That was a big spot and situation. But I always want to be out there.”
LaFromboise did his job better than expected. He sawed off Hamilton with a 0-2 fastball to get a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
He exited the field to cheers from family and friends.
“That part was cool,” LaFromboise said. “Getting the loss wasn’t.”
It would have been a perfect ending for the local kid coming home.
Unfortunately, LaFromboise had to pitch the 11th and gave up the walk-off hit to Chris Iannetta with two outs to take the loss in the Mariners’ 12th walk-off defeat of the season.
“That pitch, I don’t that regret throwing it,” he said of the slider Iannetta hit. “It was something different. He’d seen five straight fastballs from me. I threw it but it wasn’t great location and he made me pay for it.”
After leaving Friday night’s loss with a stiff right groin, Mariners manager Eric Wedge said pitcher Erasmo Ramirez was feeling fine Saturday. “We’ll see how he does moving around,” “Wedge said. “We want him to take it easy today, but he should be OK.” Wedge said he expects Ramirez will make a start in the final home stand of the season. … Shortstop Brad Miller participated in a full pregame workout, including running the bases before Saturday’s game. Wedge hoped Miller would be available as a sub Saturday night and be ready to start Sunday. … With the Mariners’ walk-off loss Friday night, they’ve endured 49 walk-off defeats in past four seasons – most in the majors during that span. The next closest teams with walk-off losses during that time are the Cardinals and Reds with 37 each. Eight of the Mariners’ 49 walk-off losses occurred at Angels Stadium.
Seattle will play its final road game of the season Sunday afternoon with right-hander Felix Hernandez (12-9, 3.01 ERA) getting the start. Hernandez has not pitched since Sept. 2 after suffering a mild oblique strain in a loss to Kansas City. Hernandez won’t be under a specific pitch count, Wedge said.
“We are just going to watch how easy or hard he has to work,,’ Wedge said. “He feels strong. He feels good. He should be fine. But we’ll monitor it inning to inning.”
The Angels will go with left-hander C.J. Wilson (17-6. 3.36 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 a.m. The game will be broadcast on Root Sports. The radio broadcast will be on 770-AM because of a conflict with the Seattle Seahawks game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/mariners