Featherston receives it for 1st career HR; Scioscia leads prank of Giavotella
By Jake Rill
PHOENIX -- Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston hit his first career home run in the third inning of Thursday's 7-1 win over the D-backs, and he received the customary silent treatment when he returned to the dugout.
When Johnny Giavotella added a solo shot of his own two batters later, Erick Aybar gave Angels manager Mike Scioscia an idea from the bench.
"Aybar said, 'Give him the silent treatment,' so we gave him the silent treatment," Scioscia said. "Then they wanted me to call him over and act like I was shaking his hand at first."
So Scioscia first shook his hand, but then gave Giavotella a fake scolding, pretending to be mad at the second baseman. Giavotella went back and quietly sat on the bench.
But after a few minutes, the charade was up, and Scioscia and Giavotella's teammates congratulated him on the home run.
It wasn't the only fun for the Angels in the victory. They struck for five more runs in the sixth inning and had their largest offensive output since scoring eight runs on June 9.
"We're not going to get on the roll we can until we start to do some of the things offensively that we can. The last two nights are a good sign," Scioscia said. "We pressured those guys a lot of innings and that's what our offense has to evolve to."
Jake Rill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.