The Angels got here out swinging Sunday, with Reid Detmers placing up a profession excessive in strikeouts (12) and pitching seven innings of three-hit, two-run baseball, throwing an immaculate inning alongside the best way.
And the Angels strung collectively eight hits and 4 walks however couldn’t pull off a win, dropping 5-2 to the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium.
Detmers has been a lot improved since getting back from his temporary stint within the minor leagues. The identical pitcher who threw a no-hitter in Might struggled via June, together with consecutive begins by which he gave up a mixed 9 earned runs and 4 dwelling runs.
Since his return to the rotation on July 8, he hasn’t given up greater than two earned runs in a recreation. Including to that enchancment was his second inning Sunday. Detmers threw 9 pitches, all strikes — on a mix of his four-seam fastball, sinker and slider — to a few batters for the third immaculate inning in Angels franchise historical past, becoming a member of Nolan Ryan (1972) and Garrett Richards (2014).
Shohei Ohtani obtained the offense going within the first, with a triple off Rangers starter Dane Dunning that fell simply honest in proper area. Then Luis Rengifo, on a full depend, hit a single that bounced into left area to attain Ohtani.
Ohtani‘s and Rengifo’s efforts tied the rating at 1-1, after Detmers gave up a leadoff stroll to Marcus Semien, who scored three batters in a while Nathaniel Lowe’s single.
Within the backside of the second, Max Stassi and Brandon Marsh had consecutive singles and Dillon Thomas walked to load the bases. Andrew Velazquez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.
The Rangers tied the rating within the fifth. Charlie Culberson hit a double that rolled alongside the left-field line and bounced off the left-most nook.
It was an analogous play to the one which added an error to Jo Adell’s stat sheet two video games prior. This time, it was Marsh who was rotated by the ball’s motion within the nook, and Culberson was in a position to get to 3rd. Marsh was charged with an error.
Culberson was pushed in by Elier Hernández the following at-bat. The run was not earned.
The Rangers pulled away within the ninth inning after getting a single and a stroll off reliever José Quijada earlier than he was in a position to get the primary strikeout. Quijada walked his fourth batter to load the bases and his day was achieved.
Raisel Iglesias got here in needing two outs, however Ezequiel Durán hit Iglesias’ 1-and-0 pitch near the center-right area part of the wall, which Taylor Ward was unable to catch. Three runs scored.