Angels prepare for Lorenzen’s return as they lose to the Tigers

The Angels’ pitching schedule for their series with the Astros in Houston calls for Michael Lorenzen on Friday, Shohei Ohtani on Saturday and Tucker Davidson on Sunday. The plan moves Reid Detmers to a Monday start in Cleveland against the Guardians.

The move, interim manager Phil Nevin said, gives Detmers an extra day off and resets the rotation as Lorenzen returns from a right shoulder strain that has sidelined him since the first week of July.

“Not really anything to do with the results,” Nevin said ahead of Wednesday’s game with the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium. “He’s in an area he’s never been before. Do we see signs that he is tired? I do not know. I still like the stuff. Still comes out fine. I just want him to be as strong as possible to end the year.

In three starts against the Astros, Detmers had varying degrees of success. On July 14, he pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs, walking three and knocking out six. In his last game against them on September 2, he pitched for 4 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs, walking two and knocking out six.

“I feel good. I just didn’t make the necessary pitches in big situations,” said Detmers after the game. “Otherwise I really can’t complain. I had a few walks where I was frustrated, but it really worked just about making the pitches I needed to create big situations.

As for that new territory, this is Detmer’s first mostly full season in the majors – he was sent to the minors for a few weeks mid-season to work on his slider’s arm angle.

As a result, he’s far topped most innings he’s pitched at the professional level. Detmers was drafted by the Angels in 2020. He played 62 innings in the Minors in 2021 before being called up for 20 2/3 innings with the Angels

Detmers has pitched 108 innings this season and has at least four more starts.

“I think he’s been great, I mean he hasn’t missed a start all year,” Nevin said. “Health has been great, he feels strong. But you get those points and it won’t limit his innings…but rather it gives him that little calm in a late-season push.

“It’s a huge learning experience for people like him, [José] suarez, [Patrick Sandoval]to pitch all season long.

Trout, Ohtani-Homer in loss

Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run.

Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on Wednesday.

(Ashley Landis/Associated Press)

It was another hot day in Anaheim, hitting 99 degrees on the first pitch of a Wednesday matinee with the Tigers. Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani’s sluggers proved equally hot once again.

In the fifth inning, Trout hit his 32nd home run of the season. He crushed Will Vest’s 2-and-2 four-seam fastball 393 feet to the digital billboards in right midfield.

The blast tied his career homer at four for most consecutive games. The last time he hit a homer in four straight games was April 4-7, 2019, the year he won his third American League Most Valuable Player award. He also managed the feat in May 2017.

The homer gave the Angels a 3-1 lead.

Ohtani, a frontrunner in this year’s AL MVP award, hit a home hit in the seventh inning after the Tigers were tied 3-3 in the top part of the inning. The homer was his 33rd of the season, which put him fifth in the majors with the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts.

It was the eighth time this season that Trout and Ohtani have hit home runs in the same game, and the 22nd time overall since the two have been teammates.

The Angels lost to the Tigers 5-4.

Matt Thaiss was the angel who put his team on the board and ahead in the fourth inning.

The Angels were 1-0 down at the top of the inning after Sandoval gave up a solo home run on Spencer Torkelson. Sandoval pitched five innings of baseball with six hits, a run and a walk, and knocked out four.

Thaiss’ home run, a two-run shot and his first home run of the season gave the Angels a 2-1 lead.

The Tigers got two more runs from assists Andrew Wantz and Jaime Barria, on a solo home run from Eric Haase and an RBI single from Willi Castro. The Angels lost the ninth-place lead after José Quijada gave up two solo home runs.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-09-07/angels-tigers-gamer-recap-mlb-reid-detmers-michael-lorenzen Angels prepare for Lorenzen’s return as they lose to the Tigers

Emma Bowman

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