Homer-happy Angels out to flex muscles vs. Pirates

los angeles angels thoroughly enjoying the power surge

angels Created franchise record against visiting pittsburgh pirates by hitting a home run in his 19th consecutive game on Friday. The last mark was set in 1982

Los Angeles will look to show power once again on Saturday when it continues its three-game series against Pittsburgh in Anaheim, Calif.

angels but benefited from four different players going deep en route to an 8-5 victory Pirates in the opener

Los Angeles’ Shohei Ohtani gave up a career-worst four home runs to Pittsburgh but contributed with three walks and two runs scored at the plate.

Pittsburgh rookie Henry Davis homered twice off Ohtani, becoming the first major leaguer to do so. He finished with three hits on Friday and Ji Man Choi and Jack Suwinski also went deep in losses.

Left-hander Ryan Borucki (1-0, 4.63 ERA) will make his first start since the 2019 season when he takes the field on Saturday. Pirateswho have lost 13 of their last 16 matches

Borucki earned the win on Wednesday after allowing one run on one hit over 1 1/3 innings in a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Guardians.

He is 0–1 with a 7.71 ERA in seven career relief appearances against angels

Pittsburgh rookie Jared Triolo is making the most of his opportunity after getting called up in late June. He is on a 13-match hitting streak.

“We knew he could kill,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But offensively, one thing that stood out is that he takes an aggressive swing…the fact that he’s ready to hit every pitch.

angels Right fielder Mickey Moniak extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Friday. Moniak drove in a double Friday, giving him 10 RBIs during the streak.

Left-hander Reed Detmers (2-6, 4.42) will get the nod for the lead. angelswho have won four times in a row

Detmers received a no decision in his most recent start after giving up four runs on five hits over six innings against the Houston Astros.

has yet to face Pirates in his young career

It’s been more than two weeks since Mike Trout fractured the hamate bone in his left hand on July 3, but the outfielder said his stitches have been removed and he’s back to throwing. The three-time American League MVP is expected back in August.

Ohtani has also been hurt recently, with the right-hander playing despite a broken nail and a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.

angels Manager Phil Nevin said after the game that it was not an issue for Ohtani.

Nevin said, “His finger was fine, he ran the bases four times and it seems the fatigue sets in a little earlier every time he’s on base.” “There’s never been a mental problem with him; he’s the most mentally strong person I’ve ever met.”

–Field Level Media

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