ANAHEIM, Calif. — Tyler Glasnow was pretty assured the Tampa Bay Rays hadn’t all forgotten find out how to hit only one month into the brand new season after successful the AL pennant final fall.
The Rays are lastly getting it collectively on the plate, and their ace bought the profit.
Willy Adames and Manuel Margot homered, Mike Brosseau had a two-run single and the Rays opened a seven-game California highway journey with a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday evening.
Glasnow (4-1) pitched six innings of four-hit ball with three walks for the Rays. With 18 relations and mates within the stands at Angel Stadium, the Los Angeles-area native largely dominated the Halos’ lineup till a rocky sixth, putting out eight for his fourth win in 5 begins.
Tampa Bay continues to be batting solely .224 with a minuscule .371 slugging proportion and middle-of-the-pack stats in most different offensive classes, however Glasnow is not anxious after the Rays backed him with their highest-scoring efficiency in practically two weeks.
“We’re nonetheless the identical workforce as final 12 months,” he stated. “They’re all actually good hitters. Simply typically in baseball with a six-month season, pitching received’t work, hitting received’t work. However all of us look actually good, and I’m proud of the place the workforce is true now. Hopefully we’ll carry on hitting.”
Shohei Ohtani hit his ninth homer after being scratched from his scheduled pitching begin earlier within the day for the Angels, who’ve misplaced eight of 12.
Anthony Rendon additionally homered within the sixth, however the slugging third baseman exited within the eighth after sharply fouling a ball off his left knee. Rendon, who has already missed 12 video games this season because of accidents, needed to be helped off the sector.
X-rays on Rendon’s knee had been destructive, and he’s day-to-day with a bruise.
José Quintana (0-3) yielded 5 runs and 6 hits with 9 strikeouts for the Angels whereas failing to get out of the fourth inning in one other poor begin. The veteran has lasted simply 17 mixed innings in 5 begins for his new workforce, giving up 20 earned runs.
“Unhealthy luck is the one luck this man has bought,” Angels supervisor Joe Maddon stated of Quintana. “The numbers weren’t good, however then once more, he strikes out 9 in 3 2/3 innings. How does that occur? I don’t know what to say. I do know it’s most likely troublesome to defend and individuals are not going to know, however from the place I used to be sitting, he threw the ball effectively.”
Ohtani was scratched from his fourth mound begin of the season a number of hours earlier than the sport as a result of he was nonetheless a bit sore after getting hit on the precise elbow by a pitch Sunday in Seattle.
However the two-way star went 2 for 4 because the Angels’ designated hitter, delivering a double and a 427-foot, two-run shot over the ficus timber behind the center-field fence.
Quintana struck out 5 of Tampa Bay’s first six hitters, however the Rays loaded the bases within the third earlier than Brosseau’s single off David Fletcher’s glove at shortstop. Yandy Díaz and Margot adopted with RBI singles to interrupt the Rays’ latest struggles with runners in scoring place.
Adames crushed his third homer of the season within the fourth, a 446-foot shot to left-center. Margot added a two-run homer within the ninth.
Rendon adopted Ohtani’s homer with a drive into the Angels’ bullpen in left, however Glasnow salvaged Tampa Bay’s two-run lead by inducing a double play together with his 99th and ultimate pitch.
“It’s big having starters which might be succesful and constantly get deep within the recreation like Glas has accomplished,” Rays supervisor Kevin Money stated. “In the event you shave one inning or forestall one (reliever) from pitching, that goes a good distance over a month and a season. It’s spectacular. The strikeouts are there, however he’s doing it fairly shortly, and it permits him to get deep in ballgames.”
ALBERT AT THIRD
Rendon’s damage pressured 41-year-old first baseman Albert Pujols to play third base within the ninth inning. The fifth-leading dwelling run hitter in main league historical past commonly performed third early in his profession with St. Louis, however has manned the recent nook in solely a handful of video games over the previous 18 years.
Rays: Reduction pitcher Pete Fairbanks threw a simulated inning and regarded good, Money stated. The suitable-hander is near coming back from a proper rotator cuff pressure.
Angels: Ohtani was too sore to pitch, however he’ll play catch Tuesday and return to the mound later within the week, with Maddon saying there’s an “outdoors likelihood” of Wednesday. Los Angeles has a six-man rotation, so pitchers will transfer up someday till Ohtani is prepared. … Angels reliever Mike Mayers went on the injured record with an unspecified ailment, and the membership recalled LHP Patrick Sandoval.
Promising prospect Shane McClanahan (0-0, 4.50 ERA) makes his second profession begin for Tampa Bay, and the Angels are prone to counter with Alex Cobb (1-1, 7.16).
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