ANAHEIM, Calif.—Reed Detmers hasn’t quite relaxed the big companies. His first three starts for the Los Angeles Angels came on a hot Sunday afternoon against the Athletics, Dodgers and Astros—three of the best teams in the majors.
The third start was a success for Detmers, and luck had nothing to do with it.
The Detmers pitched six innings of a three-hit ball to secure their first major league victory, and the Angels avoided a three-game sweep with a 3–1 victory over Houston.
David Fletcher and Joe Adele scored with grounders to back Detmers (1-2), who scored six and conceded a run, dismissing Lance McCullers Jr.
“I was just more confident,” Detters said. “I was landing my more off-speed stuff for the strike and getting weak exposure to outsiders. That was part of tonight’s game plan, keep going and stay ahead. It worked out well.”
After conceding 11 runs in his first two visits to a big league mound and taking a pair of defeats, Detmers largely avoided trouble during the longest and best start of the 2020 first-round pick’s brief career. Manager Joe Maddon doesn’t think Detmers has been intimidated by any of his tough matchups, and the left-hander proved it against Houston.
“They are good lineups,” Detmers said of his first three opponents. “They are what they are for a reason. They are a good hitting team, and they score a lot of runs. Sometimes it is difficult, but if I hit my spots and keep them off balance, then Things are going my way. What I did today is a lot.”
Phil Gosselin finished eighth and scored two runs, while Shohei Ohtani hit two singles in the Angels’ third win in nine games. Los Angeles (59-60) avoided dropping below .500 in three games for the first time since June 29.
Michael Brantley homeridden and the McCullers (9-4) scored two runs while pitching in the sixth inning, but the Astros’ four-game winning streak leading the AL West ended this season with just the fourth loss in 12 meetings with the Halos. ended.
“We (Detmers) didn’t look at all, and he threw the ball well,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “When you first encounter these people, he knows a lot more about us than we know. Sometimes the man on the other side throws a gem.”
Several minutes after Ohtani hit with loaded bases to finish second, Brantley made the Astros 1-0 up in third with his eighth homer.
The Angels tied it in fifth when Jack Mayfield and Ohtani delivered back-to-back singles before Fletcher’s RBI groundout.
Los Angeles then advanced to sixth place when Gosselin doubled and eventually moved to second on Adele’s grounder, chasing McCullers.
“I thought it was a really good spot (for a double-play grounder),” McCullers said. “It didn’t hit hard enough and (Adele) makes a good run,” he said. …It was one of those games. I felt like I was throwing the ball very well, but sometimes you have to give credit to the other team. They fought and they were scattered for a couple of runs. “
McCullers made 19 2/3 innings of six-ball six in three starts against the Angels this season, but the veteran right-hander still has never won at Angel Stadium in eight career starts.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times