Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run single and drove in another run as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Monday night, with Shohei Ohtani pitching seven solid innings and hitting an early RBI single.
On July 26, 2021, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) pitches during the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/John Cordes/Icon Sportswire) )
Ohtani (5-1) gave up one run on five hits with five strikeouts in his 15th start of the season and second since the All-Star break. Since competing in the Home Run Derby and starting on the mound in the All-Star Game at Colorado earlier this month, he has allowed only one run in two outings.
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For the Angels, Jack Mayfield added a two-run homer, his fourth of the season and third in the past five games. Raisel Iglesias made his 22nd save in 26 opportunities with a spotless ninth inning.
The Rockies’ All-Star starter, German Marquez, kept his club in the game until Mayfield’s seventh-inning homer. Colorado’s Dom Nunez and Brendan Rodgers both hit home runs.
Two Angels hitters into the game, Ohtani gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead with a broken-bat single past the infield and into right-center, scoring David Fletcher from second base.
For a 2-0 lead, Ohtani stole second base and scored on Jared Walsh’s one-out single.
Marquez (8-8) calmed down after giving up three hits in the opening inning until getting into problems in the eighth. Over 6 1/3 innings, he gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Ohtani cruised through the fourth inning before pitching to Trevor Story. Story screamed as a 97 mph fastball smacked him in the left hand. He returned to the game after being treated by team medical staff.
Nunez hit a full-count home run to right field in the fifth inning, his sixth of the season.
In the seventh inning, Ohtani faced Nunez again and struck him out with a 100 mph fastball for his last out of the game. The right-hander did not walk a batter and pitched a season-high seven innings.
Mayfield followed Adam Eaton’s infield single leading off the seventh inning with a home run barely inside the left-field foul pole for a 4-1 lead, taking advantage of his increased playing time with third baseman Anthony Rendon on the disabled list.
Rodgers’ sixth home shot off left-hander Jose Quintana put the Rockies up 4-2 in the eighth inning. Colorado then placed runners on second and third before Sam Hillard ended the danger by flying out to the center field wall against Steve Cishek.
Max Stassi’s single and Eaton’s sacrifice fly drove home two more runs for the Angels in the eighth inning.
BLACK HAS RETURNED.
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For Monday’s game, Rockies manager Bud Black returned from COVID-19 and contact tracing procedures, capping a 10-day hiatus that included eight games. Under interim manager Mike Redmond, the Rockies went 3-5.
While he was gone, Black said he watched every pitch on TV and interacted with the front office and coaching staff through e-mail, text, and “old-school phone.”
The Rockies’ fifth-year coach said he isn’t authorized to disclose if he tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’m sorry, but I have to cut you off there,” Black replied. “It’s kind of in the bylaws.” Sorry.”
When asked whether he had ever been sick, Black said, “Well, no.” It all depends on what you consider to be a disease. I don’t believe I was ill.”
What was it like to see the squad compete without him?
“On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the strangest? “It’s a ten,” he remarked.
ROOM FOR TRAINEES
Rockies: The four Rockies players participating in COVID-19 and contact tracing procedures, who are now training in Arizona, are making progress. RHP Jhoulys Chacin will throw a simulated game on Tuesday, while RHP Antonio Senzatela threw a bullpen on Monday and is anticipated to pitch in a minor league game by the weekend. On Tuesday, RHP Yency Almonte will throw a bullpen, and OF Yonathan Daza will participate in a simulated game.
OF The Angels Mike Trout’s rehabilitation from a strained right calf continues apace, with no setbacks discovered during an inspection on Monday. After running the bases twice last week, Trout has slowed down his recovery in recent days. Since May 17, the three-time AL MVP has been sidelined. Rendon, who was scheduled to return from a left hamstring injury by the end of the month, will miss that deadline and will need minor league rehab before returning.
In the second game of the interleague series on Tuesday, the Rockies will send left-hander Austin Gomber (7-5, 3.74 ERA) to the mound, while the Angels will respond with left-hander Jose Suarez (4-3, 2.85).
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