Anaheim — The Angels overcame an unstable one from Shohei Ohtani. They almost overcame the injured rash that robbed three of their better batters. He failed to overcome the miss pitch in the 7th inning when he lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1.
Right-handed Junior Guerra was charged with defending a 1-0 lead and Brandon Lowe allowed a three-run home run. Just like that, Tampa Bay had everything needed to defeat the Angels four times in a row on Wednesday night before the 9,169 spectators were announced at Angel Stadium.
Raise (17-15) can complete a four-game sweep of Angel (13-16). Angel (13-16) fell three games below .500 for the first time this season when the team squared off again on Thursday night.
The Angels recorded the only run in the third inning. Ryan Yarbrough (2-3) deliberately walked Mike Trout to load a walk, but deliberately walked Jared Walsh.
The Angels went 1 to 9 with the scoring runners, leaving nine men as the base.
Otani performed a familiar performance in his fourth pitching appearance this season.
The first inning was an adventure. The right-handed player was dotted with occasional strike zone commands, demonstrating his ability to place his fastball on either side of the batter’s box. Otani made two 4-pitch walks, but eventually escaped from the inning without allowing a run.
The rest of Otani’s outings were relatively breeze. He did not allow runners to pass first base up to six times, kicking off Yandy Diaz and Joey Wendle by walking on nine pitches.
Along the way, Otani struck out seven times, allowed one hit, and caught a 94 mph line drive from Austin Meadows’ bat, which bounced off his glove with his bare hands.
Otani’s ERA dropped to 2.41. He is currently limiting his opponent to .113 batting average while hitting .264 on his own. On Wednesday he didn’t hit the bat for himself because Joe Maddon chose to use a designated hitter with only one healthy player (Albert Pujols) on the bench.
Thanks to the well-placed ground ball, Otani left the line for victory.
Right-handed Chris Rodriguez inherited a two-on-no-out swamp. Kevin Kiermaier settled on a quick force out, but Rodriguez attacked Francisco Mejia with a curve ball and loaded Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s bass.
The opening belt high sinker achieved the best possible result for the angel. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit the shortstop with José Iglesias standing on second base in a defensive shift. Iglesias threw the canvas to first base with his toes and completed the double play at the end of the inning.
Rodriguez needed only 6 pitches to record 3 outs, but Gera (2-1) was on the mound to start the 7th.
The right-handed player walked Rays’ eighth batter, Brett Phillips, on four pitches. Gera threw three times on first base, but only saw Phillips move forward with Willy Adames’ single. Then, after lagging behind Brandon Lowe 2 to 1, Gera hit Lowe with a 416-foot home run.
On the same day, Anthony Rendon was on the list of injured for 10 days due to a knee bruise, and left fielder Justin Upton and catcher Max Stassi took a break due to minor injuries.
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