The Angels ran out of pixie dust on Wednesday, and it was a magical week that started with a dramatic win over Washington on Sunday, Shohei Ohtani’s first major on Monday and Reid Detmers’ no-hitter on Tuesday with a 4- 2. Lost to the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium in 10 innings.
Taylor Ward energized the sagging Angels offense with a two-run homer to make it 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, but the Rays bounced on top of southpaw Aaron Lupp two points 10th Broke the Angels’ three-game winning streak.
Vidal Brujan leads 10th RBI doubles left-handed scoring automatic runner Kevin Kilmeier to lead 3-2 with the Rays. Taylor Walls dropped to third, but Harold Ramirez hit a battered RBI single to make it 4-2. Loup knocked out Yandy Diaz and Wander Franco to close the inning.
Angels place runners first and third with one in bottom of 10th Tampa Bay southpaw Brooks Raley had Ward hit the outfielder’s option and knocked out Bran when Mike Trout had a pint. Brandon Marsh to end the race.
In Tuesday night’s 12-0 win, the Angels had 12 runs and 18 hits, including four homers, with eight runs and 11 hits coming from two-time American League Cy Young winner Corey Crewe uncle.
But those booming bats were silenced Wednesday by southpaw Shane McClanahan, who mixed a 97-mph fastball, an 81-mph curve, and an 88-mph change to concede three hits in seven innings. The Angels blanked, tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and walked one.
A call to the Rays bullpen and right-hander Andrew Kittredge provided a lifeline for the Angels in the eighth inning. Jack Mayfield opened with an opposing single right and was eliminated on the grounder of Taylor Wade’s outfielder selection.
Ward, who missed the first two games of the series with a tight right hamstring, came in to bat for Andrew Velasquez and trailed 1-2.
But somehow he got enough barrels on the sinking fastball at 95.7 mph to keep his 386-footer on the left field line for a fair two-run homer and a 2-2 tie , which was the Angels’ first flank since Jared Walsh hit a home run against Cleveland on September 9, 2019.
Ohtani wasn’t as dominant on the mound as he was at Fenway Park last Thursday, when he pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up six hits, struck out 11, and made 81 of 99 from the field (82). %) and sparked a career — hitting 29 lobs in an 8-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.
But the right-hander looked sharp in his six-inning start, giving up one run and two hits, five strikeouts and two walks in six innings, and his only glaring error was a dangling 0 and 1 point to the fastball to Kiermeier, who drove it to the seat in right midfield, hit a solo homer, and led 1-0 in the second inning.
Ohtani blanked the Rays on a single hit from the third to sixth, and as he neared 90 pitches, manager Joe Maddon seemed to pull Ohtani away when Randy Arozarena had two outs in the sixth.
But Otani, who threw 92 pitches in the game, 57 of them well, politely waved to Madden, stayed in the game and hit Arosa Reina with an 80 mph curve, This game is over.
Jimmy Herget replaced Ohtani and struck out in a scoreless seventh inning. Ryan Tepera started the eighth inning and gave up the lead single against Walls, who stole the second and finished third on Brett Phillips’ sacrificial bunt and finished in Dee Yaz’s RBI in-the-moment score gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead.
Trout was not on Wednesday’s lineup, and Madden said he wanted to combine the rest period with Thursday’s rest day to give the center fielder two days off. Wednesday marked the end of a period in which the Angels played 20 games in 20 days, with a double-header on Saturday against the Athletics.