CHICAGO—Angels manager Joe Maddon has learned at least one thing about Brandon Marsh as an outfielder in the Majors’ first season.
“When he hits the ball, he hits it hard,” Maddon said.
Sure it looks like this.
Marsh hit a tiebreaking singles homer off Michael Kopech in the eighth inning, and Los Angeles beat the Chicago White Sox 3–2 on September 15.
Marsh drove a 101 mph, full-count fastball from Kopech (4-3) over the wall in left-center for his second homer. He finished with three hits and scored two.
“It was the first time like this for me, and it was special,” Marsh said. “That was fun.”
Mike Meyers (5-5) dismissed the team in the seventh for the win. Steve Sischek worked out a jam in the eighth before Raicel Iglesias made his 32nd save.
The White Sox cornered the runners with one in the ninth, but Brian Goodwin hit a swing and Cesar Hernandez flew to the deep left.
The Angels played without Joe Adele when the young outfielder was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left abdominal strain, possibly ending his season. Maddon also said he would be very surprised if star outfielder Mike Trout plays again this year.
Trout injured his right calf running the bases on May 17 and suffered a setback last month, but the three-time AL MVP has left open the possibility of returning in 2021.
Marsh, 23, said Trout is helping him with his mental attitude.
“He’s really been assisting me with that part of the game day in and day out, and I appreciate that a lot,” he said.
Yoan Moncada made it home to AL Central-leading Chicago, who won three out of four.
The game was tied at 2 after each team was pushed past one run in the sixth. Luis Rengifo hit a sacrificial fly against Dallas Keuchel, and Yasmani Grandal responded with an RBI single for the White Sox.
Keuchel issued a season-high five walks in six innings, but he worked his best run out of trouble in a month. The veteran left-hander went 0-3 in his last four matches with an ERA of 12.89.
“Outside a couple at bat I feel like I’ve actually made the pitches I wanted,” Ketchell said.
Los Angeles used a replay reversal to jump ahead in third. With two outsiders and runners in second and third, Phil Gosselin moved to third on a grounder when Moncada hesitated before throwing first.
Gosselin was originally called out, but challenged by the Angels and awarded an infield hit.
Moncada atone for the play with a leadoff drive in the fourth, tying it on 1 with his 12th homer.
Jenson Junk made his second major league debut in 4 1/3 innings of a three-hit ball for the Angels. The rookie right-hander was acquired in a July 30 trade that sent left-hander Andrew Heaney to the New York Yankees.
by Jay Cohen
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times