Angels go back-to-back-to-back in win over Mariners

first_img“They were all kind of no-doubters, really,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “As soon as they left the bat you knew they were gone.”Nine of the Angels’ 15 hits went for extra bases Saturday. Ohtani went 3 for 5, a triple shy of the cycle. Trout also tripled, part of a 2-for-3 performance. Cesar Puello went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a home run. He’s hitting .444 (12 for 27) with three home runs in seven games.The Angels’ pitchers had an easy path to victory. Opener Noe Ramirez handed the ball to bulk reliever Dillon Peters (1-0) after 1 ⅓ scoreless innings. The left-hander allowed three runs over the next 5 ⅔. It was the first win as an Angel for Peters, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier in the day.The highly anticipated Ohtani-Kikuchi meeting – both are from Hanamaki Higashi High School in Japan – was deliberately one-sided. Kikuchi’s first pitch to Ohtani in the first inning was a 94-mph fastball that buzzed Ohtani’s chin. On Kikuchi’s third pitch, Ohtani grounded a ball between the Mariners’ first and second basemen and beat out an infield single.“I didn’t get all of it, but I still beat it out,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I got more at-bats and saw more pitches against him, and I was able to adjust and felt better.” PreviousSeattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, of Japan, throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, rounds second on his way to third on a double by Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run in front of Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy, center, and with home plate umpire Ron Kulpa during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi hangs his head after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, runs to first for a single as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi runs to back up the first baseman during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, right, wipes his face before pitching to Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, of Japan, walks out to the mound during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noe Ramirez pitches to Seattle Mariners’ Mallex Smith during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noe Ramirez, left, gets set to pitch to Seattle Mariners’ Mallex Smith during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, runs to first for a single as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, of Japan, runs to back up the first baseman during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, rear, of Japan, and Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion collide at first as Ohtani singled during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, of Japan, throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, of Japan, throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, rounds second on his way to third on a double by Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, rounds second on his way to third on a double by Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM – As the long ball goes, so go the Angels. They had seen 304 pitches on Thursday and Friday; two resulted in home runs.In a span of four pitches in the fourth inning Saturday, three wound up over the fence.The consecutive home runs by Tommy La Stella, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani against Yusei Kikuchi led the Angels to a 12-3 win over the Seattle Mariners, snapping their two-game losing streak in a firecloud of offense.No three Angels had hit consecutive home runs since September 3, 2016, when Kole Calhoun, Trout and Albert Pujols did so in the first inning of a game in Seattle. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img That kept the inning alive for Pujols, whose double to left field sent Ohtani to third base. A single by Kevan Smith – in his first plate appearance since he was concussed on May 21 – drove in both Pujols and Ohtani, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead.The first inning appeared over when Kole Calhoun hit a grounder to second base, but the ball handcuffed rookie shortstop Dylan Moore. Smith went to second base, then scored when Puello lined a single into right field. The Angels led 3-0.A solo home run by Kyle Seager put the Mariners on the board in the second inning. Seattle pulled within 3-2 in the third inning on doubles by Moore and Domingo Santana.In the fourth inning, the Angels exploded. After he allowed the home run to Ohtani, Kikuchi (3-4) was allowed to walk two more batters before right-hander Tayler Scott relieved him. The left-hander was tagged for seven runs (six earned) in 3 ⅓ innings.Ohtani’s home run animated the announced crowd of 40,569 at Angel Stadium – and Ohtani himself, who rose both arms to flex his muscles in celebration.“The other day when Kole Calhoun hit the home run, he was kind of doing this thing and saying, ‘I have power,’ so I wanted to show him that I had some pop, too,” Ohtani said.“It was cool for all of us in the dugout honestly, knowing those two guys were going against each other and what it meant for them back home,” La Stella said. “It was special.”Ohtani entered the game 0-for-4 against other Japanese-born pitchers. Only six Japanese-born players had ever homered against a Japanese pitcher in MLB, and none since 2009.The Mariners signed Kikuchi to a multi-year contract that tops out at seven years and $109 million, plus a posting fee, to lure him away from Japan in January. He’s faced the Angels three times since; he has a 12.34 earned-run average against them and a 3.53 ERA against every other team.Kikuchi was long gone by the time an RBI double by Ohtani, followed by a two-run single by Pujols, gave the Angels a 10-2 lead in the fifth inning. Puello’s two-run home run in the eighth inning provided the final score.Cam Bedrosian pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Justin Anderson tossed a scoreless ninth for the Angels (31-34), who host the Mariners (27-41) in the rubber match of their three-game series Sunday.last_img

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