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Anthony Rendon OK after harm scare in Angels’ loss to Rays; José Quintana struggles

A day after he was drilled in the best elbow by a 93.4-mph fastball, Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani was scratched from Monday night time’s scheduled begin towards the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium.

Left-hander José Quintana took Ohtani’s place and took a beating in a 7-3 loss, giving up 5 runs and 6 hits in a 3 2/3-inning begin that would jeopardize his spot within the rotation, however the pitcher was the least of the group’s issues.

Of far higher significance was a scary scene within the eighth inning, when third baseman and cleanup man Anthony Rendon crumpled to the bottom after fouling a pitch from sidearm-throwing Ryan Thompson off his left knee and needed to be helped off the sphere.

The play was eerily paying homage to one during which then-Angels infielder Tommy La Stella fouled a ball off his proper leg and suffered a fractured tibia in June 2019. Rendon, who not too long ago returned from a left-groin pressure, was changed by Scott Schebler, who struck out to finish the inning

However the Angels bought some excellent news after the sport when X-rays of Rendon’s knee had been destructive. He was recognized with a bruise and listed as day after day.

“It didn’t look good stay — he hit himself fairly good,” supervisor Joe Maddon stated. “You see guys get hit like that, you suppose a whole lot of various things.”

The Angels trimmed a 5-0 deficit to 5-3 within the sixth when Ohtani crushed a two-run homer to middle discipline and Rendon hit a solo shot to left off Rays starter Tyler Glasnow. Manuel Margot’s two-run homer within the ninth pushed Tampa Bay’s result in 7-3.

The Angels didn’t assist themselves with two ill-advised gambles on the basepaths. Ohtani was thrown out making an attempt to steal third with one out and Mike Trout on the plate within the first. “In all probability somewhat overzealous in that second,” Maddon stated.

Highlights from the Angels’ 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night time at Angel Stadium.

With the Angels trailing by two runs, Albert Pujols led off the seventh with a single. José Iglesias lofted a fly ball towards the road in left however not too deep. The 41-year-old, heavy-legged Pujols tagged and was thrown out by Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena.

“Albert felt like he hesitated and shouldn’t have gone as soon as he hesitated,” Maddon stated. “After all, it’s a reasonably large out proper there, and he knew that.”

Quintana entered with an 0-2 file and 10.13 ERA and — regardless of putting out 9 — departed with a ten.59 ERA, the best mark for a pitcher in his first 5 video games (minimal 15 innings) with the Angels, topping Trevor Bell’s 9.53 ERA in 2009 and Julio Teheran’s 9.17 ERA in 2020.

José Quintana pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning May 3, 2021.

José Quintana, who began rather than Shohei Ohtani, gave up 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings and took the loss within the Angels’ 7-3 defeat to the Rays.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Related Press)

The sport couldn’t have began higher for Quintana, who struck out 5 of his first six batters, however when Francisco Mejia singled to steer off the third, Quintana appeared to lose his tempo, rhythm and command out of the stretch.

Willy Adames hit a 107-mph rocket to the hole in right-center for a double. Kevin Kiermaier struck out, Arozarena walked to load the bases, and Mike Brousseau rolled a two-run single to left.

Austin Meadows flied out to proper, however Yandy Diaz hit a broken-bat RBI single to left and Margot added an RBI single to middle for a 4-0 lead. Adames blasted a 446-foot homer to left-center off Quintana for a 5-0 lead within the fourth.

“Unhealthy luck is the one luck this man’s bought,” Maddon stated of Quintana. “The numbers weren’t good. He gave up 5 runs, however he walks one and strikes out 9 in 3 2/3 innings. How does that occur?

“There have been two well-struck balls. Adames bought him each instances. I do know it’s most likely tough to defend and other people aren’t going to grasp it, however from the place I used to be standing, he threw the ball effectively.”

Maddon stated Ohtani was too sore to throw however not too sore to swing a bat. That was clear when Ohtani drove a ball 427 ft within the sixth for his ninth homer, tying him for the foremost league lead.

The Angels' Shohei Ohtani connects for a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Rays on May 3, 2021.

The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who didn’t begin on the mound however did play, blasts a two-run homer to middle discipline within the sixth inning. The ball traveled 427 ft.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Related Press)

The Angels weren’t about to danger sending Ohtani to the mound with a sore elbow after he threw a mixed 1 2/3 innings in 2019 and 2020 after Tommy John surgery.

“It will be difficult to attempt to throw 90 to 100 pitches at 95 to 100 mph,” Maddon stated. “We wished to provide it a day or two to loosen up, then we’ll make one other analysis.”

Ohtani may pitch later within the four-game Rays collection. If not, he’ll doubtless pitch this coming weekend towards the Dodgers.

Quick hops

The Angels put setup man Mike Mayers on the injured record and not using a designation, which means he could possibly be experiencing uncomfortable side effects from a COVID-19 vaccination or have had contact with somebody who examined optimistic for the virus. The fitting-hander is predicted to return inside just a few days. Left-hander Patrick Sandoval was recalled and pitched two scoreless innings of aid Monday night time.

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