Ohtani strikes out career-high in Angels’ win over Royals

Lightning filled the dark skies over Angel Stadium, and the theme song from “The Natural” blared occasionally on the sound system on Wednesday nights, providing a fitting backdrop for Shohei Ohtani, the Angels’ version of Roy Hobbs, to do his work.

Ohtani, who hit two homers Tuesday night and had eight career-high runs — two short of the franchise record — showed the other side of his amazing two-way skills on Wednesday, giving up two hits in eight shutout innings and hitting a career -High 13 to lead the Angels to a 5-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

A night that began with a rousing celebration of the 2002 World Series-winning team’s 20th anniversary ended with Ryan Tepera withdrawing the team in the ninth game straight as the Angels defeated the finale of a three-game series the last-placed Royals saved.

Ohtani dropped his singles to Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi to open the game and nothing else. He retired 16 straight batters from the first inning through the sixth inning before Merrifield’s one-out walk in the sixth. Merrifield was wiped out by a double play.

Relying more heavily on his 84.4-mile slider than his 97-mile four-seam fastball, the right-hander hit the side in the second and fourth innings, two with split-finger fastballs, two with sliders, one with one curve and one with schneider.

He finished the seventh with strikes from MJ Melendez with a 79-mile turn and Hunter Dozier with an 89-mile splitter, and finished his outing by sniffing Emmanuel Rivera with an 85-mile slider while a crowd of 34,792 saw him serenaded with “MVP” chants.

Of Ohtani’s 108 pitches, 71 were strikes. He only induced 14 swinging strikes but got 32 called strikes.

Ohtani endured a minor rut on the mound in late May and early June as he gave up a total of nine earned runs and 14 hits, five of them homers, in nine innings of losses to the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.

But in three starts since then, against the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City, Ohtani has given up just one earned run and nine hits in 21 innings, batting 25 and winning five.

Royals starter Daniel Lynch, a hard-throwing left-hander, blinded the Angels with two hits in four innings before finally cracking in the fifth.

Andrew Velazquez struck out to open the inning. Taylor Ward and Ohtani followed with walks, and Luis Rengifo put down an infield single to load bases.

Former Angel Tim Salmon holds the championship trophy during the 20th anniversary of his World Series title.

Former Angel Tim Salmon holds the championship trophy during the 20th anniversary of his World Series title Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Former Angel players pose for a photo to mark the 20th anniversary of their World Series title.

Former Angel players pose for a photo Wednesday at Angel Stadium to mark the 20th anniversary of their World Series title.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

David MacKinnon, a 32nd-round pick from Hartford in 2017 and the Angels’ cleanup hitter on a night Mike Trout and Jared Walsh didn’t start, drove a sacrifice fly for his first major league RBI and a 1-0 lead to the right field .

Velazquez led from seventh place with a walk-off release Amir Garrett and hit Rengifo’s RBI double with two outs into the left corner from the start for a 2-0 lead. MacKinnon’s RBI single to the right – his first major league hit – made it 3-0.

Velazquez’s RBI singles and Taylor Ward’s RBI doubles in game eight pushed the lead to 5-0.

A six-man Angels rotation was reduced — temporarily — to four earlier Wednesday when Reid Detmers was given the option to triple-A Salt Lake just six weeks after throwing a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays, a demotion that will give the 22-year-old left-hander a chance to regain his form in a less stressful environment.

“It’s just a little reset for him,” said interim manager Phil Nevin.

“Look, there’s greatness in it. I already said that. There was a lot of people who had to go back down and kind of reset themselves. It’s a learning process and I think that will do him good.”

Detmers, a 2020 Louisville first-round pick, went 2-1 in his first six starts with a 3.77 ERA and threw the 10th singles no-hitter in franchise history when he defeated the Rays on March 10. Faded out May in Anaheim.

But he went 0-2 with a 5.67 ERA in his next six starts, striking out 24, walking 13 and giving up eight home runs in 27 innings.

“Sometimes things just snowball together and it weighs on you,” Nevin said. “You can tell a little bit from his demeanor. The confidence wasn’t quite what it was. And a guy with his stuff, it shouldn’t be like that. He’s a first-round pick, he got here quickly but he’ll go down, take a deep breath, do a good job and come back here.

Short jumps

Rescuer Jimmy Herget was put on the 15-day injured list because of a shoulder impact. … The angel
remembered Triple A relievers Oliver Ortega and Elvis Peguero.

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Emma Bowman

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