Sunday, August 27, 2023

Angels Take Series From Mets

The Los Angeles Angels followed up Friday night's 3-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field with a 5-3 win on  Saturday night, followed by the Mets taking the finale 3-2 in walk-off fashion on Sunday afternoon. The Mets are now 60-71, and their nine-game homestand continues on Monday night when they open a three-game set with the Texas Rangers.

Shohei Ohtani was the star of the show this weekend at Citi Field, and this is a look at his RBI triple in the second inning off Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco on Saturday night:

Photos by Jason Schott.

Angels 5, Mets 3 - Saturday night: The Angels wasted no time getting on the board against Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, as Shohei Ohtani laced a one-out double and came in to score on a Brandon Drury single to make it 1-0 in the top of the first.

Then, Mickey Moniak led off the second inning with a blast into the Mets bullpen in right field for a solo shot, Trey Cabbage got a one-out double and came in to score on a single by Luis Rengifo to make it 3-0 Angels.

Ohtani then crushed one into the right field corner (as shown above) for a triple that brought in Rengifo, and then Drury brought in Ohtani with a double that made it 5-0 and chased Carrasco from the game.

Sean Reid-Foley came on to strike out Mike Moustakas looking to end the second inning, and that began a stretch in which the Mets bullpen kept the Angels off the board for the rest of the game.

Angels starter Chase Silseth threw three hitless innings to open the game, and that run was broken when Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil led off the fourth inning with singles.

Then, Lindor and McNeil executed a double steal, and there was a scary moment as the Angels' first baseman, Cabbage, threw one trying to get Lindor out, and it clipped Silseth in the head, with the brim of his cap getting joshed around, and he would have to exit the game with a head injury.

Lindor did score on the Cabbage error, and McNeil came in on a DJ Stewart double to cut the Angels' lead to 5-2.

Daniel Vogelbach then hit a solo home run to left field off former teammate Dominic Leone with one out in the sixth inning, to make it 5-3 Angels.

That was as close as the Mets would get, but there was some late emotion as the benches cleared in the top of the eighth inning after Pete Alonso was hit with a pitch in the back of the helmet by Angels reliever Jose Soriano. The contretemps began when Alonso was jawing with Angels catcher Logan O'Hoppe, but fortunately, after the benches cleared, it didn't get beyond a shouting match.

Carrasco took the loss to fall to 3-8, with a 6.80 ERA (earned run average, and in the latest in a long line of tough outings for him this season, the right-hander allowed five runs (all earned) on seven hits and no walks, with a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.

Mets 3, Angels 2 - Sunday afternoon: Mets starter David Peterson had his best start of the season, as he went seven innings, and allowed just one run on three hits and three walks, with eighth strikeouts. He got the no-decision, but he lowered his ERA to 5.23.

The Mets got Peterson the lead in the fourth against Angels starter Griffin Canning when Francisco Alvarez got an RBI single.

Peterson sailed through the first six innings until the Angels then tied it in the seventh. Randal Grichuk got a one-out single, followed by a walk to Hunter Renfroe and a single by Mickey Moniak to load the bases. Chad Wallach grounded out to first base, and that brought in Grichuk to tie the game.

With Drew Smith on for the Mets in the eighth, Luis Rengifo led off the frame with a home run to center field, his 12th of the season, and the Angels were suddenly ahead.

Matt Moore came on in the eighth after Canning exited, after going seven innings to match Peterson and allowing one run on five hits and a walk, with nine strikeouts.

The Mets went to work against the veteran left-hander, as Francisco Lindor got a one-out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and came in to score on a double by Pete Alonso. That gave the Mets first baseman 96 RBI on the season.

That tied the game at 2 heading into the ninth, and Adam Ottavino came on for the Mets, and retired the Angels in order.

Reynaldo Lopez entered for Los Angeles in the bottom half of the ninth, and he hit Alvarez with a pitch to open the inning, and Tim Locastro came in to run for him. That was followed by a single for DJ Stewart and a Mark Vientos walk to load the bases with nobody out.

Rafael Ortega was up next, and with the infield and outfield in, he laced one to right field that Hunter Renfroe got leather on it, but he couldn't haul in, and Tim Locastro came in to score the winning run on what was ruled a walk-off single.

Ottavino earned his first win of the season, as he improved to 1-4 with a 3.12 ERA, while Lopez fell to 2-7 with a 3.86 ERA.

Ohtani was the designated hitter and batting second in the Angels lineup on Sunday, as he was all weekend, and he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

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