Two Oilers go in MLB draft; Angels fall

NICK PRATTO of Huntington Beach High was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft Monday by the Kansas City Royals (OC Tribune photo).

Two Huntington Beach High players were selected in the first two rounds of the MLB draft on Monday.

Nick Pratto of HBHS was chosen in the first round by the Kansas City Royals, and fellow Oiler Hagen Danner went to the Toronto Blue Jays in round two.

Other Orange County players chosen Monday were Royce Lewis (JSerra, by the Minnesota Twins), Keston Hiura (UC Irvine, by the Milwaukee Brewers), Hans Krouse (Dana Hills, by the Texas Rangers), and Blake Hunt (Mater Dei, by the San Diego Padres.

Round three through 10 will be held on Tuesday morning, and 11-40 on Wednesday.

Angels’ history not enough vs. Yanks

For the last decade or more, the only team in the American League with a winning record against the New York Yankees has been the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels.

But all that history didn’t help much on Monday as the Halos lost 5-3 to the Yanks in Anaheim. The visitors broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth on a two-run home run by Aaron Judge and went on to the win. The rookie’s four-bagger was his 22nd of the season, best in the majors. His batting average of .347 is best in the American League.

The Angels were outhit 11 to 5. Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run in the first inning, but no member of the team got more than one hit.

Starter Alex Meyer struggled in 4.2 innings. He gave up five hits and two runs, while striking out five batters and walking five.

The loss dropped the Angels’ record to 33-34; they remain in second place in the AL West by a single percentage point. On Tuesday, J.C. Ramirez (6-4) will make the start for the Angels.

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