Stassi, Angels make Royal ache of Kowar’s main league debut

Max Stassi homered and drove in three runs, and the Angels turned Jackson Kowar’s main league debut right into a nightmare as Los Angeles defeated the Kansas Metropolis Royals 8-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Max Stassi homered and drove in three runs, and the Angels turned Jackson Kowar’s main league debut right into a nightmare as Los Angeles defeated the Kansas Metropolis Royals 8-3 on Monday night time.

Stassi had an RBI single off Kowar throughout a four-run first inning and hit a two-run shot to right-center within the fifth. The Angels catcher, who completed with three hits, has a .318 batting common in 16 video games this season. He’s 7 for 15 with two house runs and 5 RBIs since returning final Tuesday from a stint on the injured record on account of a concussion.

It was solely the fourth time in Stassi’s nine-year profession that he had three or extra hits in a recreation.

Dylan Bundy (1-6) snapped a 10-game winless streak. He allowed two runs and 6 hits in 5 2/3 innings, putting out two.

Kowar, the thirty third total choose within the 2018 beginner draft, was 5-0 with an 0.85 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings at Triple-A Omaha. However the touted prospect confronted solely seven batters in his massive league debut earlier than being lifted after two-thirds of an inning.

The 24-year-old right-hander allowed 4 runs on three hits and two walks. It was the 14th time since 1980, based on Sportradar, {that a} rookie beginning pitcher permitted 4 or extra runs and didn’t make it out of the primary inning in his debut.

Kowar additionally threw three wild pitches within the first inning, marking the primary time since 2003 any pitcher had achieved that within the opening body.

Hunter Dozier, who got here into the sport batting .146, went 3 for 4 with two doubles.

Kowar acquired Justin Upton to floor out on his second pitch earlier than issues went south as the following 4 batters reached base.

Shohei Ohtani walked and superior to second on a wild pitch earlier than scoring on Anthony Rendon’s single. Jared Walsh additionally walked earlier than each runners moved up on one other wild pitch. Stassi’s RBI single gave the Angels a 2-0 lead.

Stassi went to second on a wild pitch earlier than José Iglesias made the second out with a grounder. Kowar’s night time ended, although, after Juan Lagares’ single drove in Stassi.

The Royals acquired to 4-2 within the second on Jorge Soler’s solo homer to left-center and Dozier’s RBI double.

David Fletcher’s run-scoring single prolonged Los Angeles’ result in 5-2 within the fifth earlier than Stassi’s homer an inning later.

Whit Merrifield’s RBI single drew Kansas Metropolis to 7-3 within the seventh. Stassi led off the Angels eighth with a double, superior to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored when Greg Holland dedicated a balk.

NICE PLAY

Los Angeles’ Kean Wong, making his first begin in proper subject, jumped on the wall to rob Carlos Santana of a house run within the first inning.

SCARY MOMENT

Soler was beaned by James Hoyt main off the ninth however remained within the recreation. Hoyt was making his Angels debut after he was referred to as up from Triple-A Salt Lake.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: LHP José Quintana (left shoulder irritation) threw effectively throughout his bullpen session earlier than the sport and could possibly be activated by the top of the week. … RHP Hunter Strickland was designated for task after compiling a 9.95 ERA in 9 appearances. Strickland was acquired from Tampa Bay on Might 15.

UP NEXT

Kansas Metropolis LHP Kris Bubic (1-0, 2.12 ERA) allowed a season-high 4 runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings final Thursday in opposition to Minnesota. He might be opposed Tuesday by Los Angeles LHP Andrew Heaney (3-3, 4.76), who’s trying to earn three straight wins for the primary time since 2015.

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