Los Angeles Angels

Ouch! A win outweighed by loss of Ohtani

SHOHEI OHTANI was a standout hitter, pitcher and baserunner for the Angels (Angel photo).

After a better than usual homestand, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are on the usually more hospitable road. They won Friday’s game over the Twins in Minneapolis by a score of 4-2.

The Halos won their fifth straight and solidified their hold on third place in the American League West with a 36-28 record, but there was not much joy because of the news from Shohei Ohtani’s right arm and hand.

Initially pulled from Wednesday’s game because of a blister on the middle finger of his (right) hand, the later medical news was that the two-way star from Japan had a ligament strain which could knock him out for the season. He will be evaluated in three weeks and is on the disabled list.

Ohtani had a 4-1 record as a pitcher for the Halos and was batting .286 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.

“Naturally, it’s a disappointment, but you keep going,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Just like we’re losing Andrelton [Simmons] for a little bit, you keep going. The schedule doesn’t stop, and you can’t take a timeout. We know that he was doing a lot of special things for us, but we’ve got to absorb it and move on.”

Friday’s hero was Ian Kinsler with a two-run home run that was the decisive blow in the win over the Twins. Justin Upton also homered for the Halos and Garrett Richards had another strong outing as a starter, working five innings and giving up six hits and two runs. He struck out seven and walked three.

The win went to reliever Noe Ramirez (2-2), who worked 1.1 innings, striking out three batters.

 

 

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