"We won the game and that's all I care about," Shuck said after a 5-4 win at O.co Coliseum. "If I stay in or don't, and we win the game, that's all that matters."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn't let Shuck's defensive clinic interrupt his year-long game plan, which has him sub in the more adept Collin Cowgill when his team leads in the final inning -- particularly with a fly-ball pitcher like Frieri on the mound.
The bigger point here is that Shuck continues to get better -- when everybody was wondering when the league would figure him out.
He led off the 11th with a double, scored the winning run on Josh Hamilton's sac fly and kept his batting average at .296. The 26-year-old leads all American League rookies in hits (121), runs (56), total bases (153), doubles (20) and multi-hit games (35) -- and sometimes he'll even shine defensively.
"We keep seeing J.B. and it's deep into a long road trip, deep into a long year, and he just keeps playing hard and making plays," Scioscia said.
"I've just tried to stay the same," Shuck said. "I haven't tried to do too much. I think that's helped me not get too high or too low. I've had a lot of guys who have helped me learn what it is to be a big leaguer. This being my first year, I've had a lot of help."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.