MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Angels2 4 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 10130
Arizona0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 381
  W: P. Sandoval (1-2)   L: J. Duplantier (0-3)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, June 13, 2021
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 12,768

Surging Angels look to sweep reeling Diamondbacks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Angels at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Diamondbacks took two of three games between the clubs last season, scoring at least nine runs in both victories. All three games saw at least 10 total runs scored, and the Angels had double digits in hits in each of them.
  2. The Halos are coming off a three-game home sweep of the Royals in which they outscored KC by a 22-5 count. Los Angeles hit .287 in the series while limiting Royals hitters to a .206 average.
  3. Arizona has dropped seven straight games, 21 of its last 23, and 30 of 35 after a 15-13 start. During the current losing streak, the Diamondbacks have yielded at least three runs in an inning five times, and they have lost six straight games by at least two runs.
  4. Jared Walsh has walked four times in his last four games after drawing only two bases on his balls in his previous 23 contests. Since May 18, Walsh is hitting only .213 (16-for-75), though his hits include four doubles and six homers.
  5. Ketel Marte is stroking the ball at a .432 clip in his last nine games (16-for-37), with a pair of homers and a 1.151 OPS. Marte's average on balls in play in that span is .438 (14-for-32).
  6. Shohei Ohtani has turned in consecutive quality starts for the first time this season; he has hit 17 homers in 2021 while allowing only four. Merrill Kelly went 2-2 in April despite pitching to a 6.33 ERA; since then, he is 0-4 with an ERA of 4.36.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/11/2021 thru 6/13/2021

The Los Angeles Angels have a .500 record for the first time in six weeks and don't want to stop there heading into the finale of their three-game series against the host Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday in Phoenix.

The Angels have won the first two games of the series and a season-high five straight overall to lift their record to 32-32.

Los Angeles rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Diamondbacks 8-7 on Saturday, handing them their ninth straight loss.

"I could not be more impressed with this group," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "Now, we have to continue one game at a time. But the next goal is five over (.500) and then 10 over, etc."

Maddon hopes left-hander Patrick Sandoval will continue making big strides as a major league starting pitcher when he takes the mound in the series finale.

Sandoval (0-2, 3.62 ERA) is coming off one of the most impressive performances of the season, at least from an analytical perspective.

The Seattle Mariners swung and missed at 32 of Sandoval's pitches in his last outing on Sunday, the most swing-and-misses against a pitcher in the majors this season and the most by an Angels hurler since pitch tracking began in 2008.

Unfortunately for the Angels, his 10 strikeouts didn't impact the result.

Sandoval allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings and left with the Angels trailing 3-1. Los Angeles eventually lost 9-5, keeping Sandoval winless in seven appearances this season, including four starts.

Maddon has always been confident that Sandoval can deliver the quality pitches needed to succeed at the major league level, he just needed to believe he belonged on a big league roster.

"He's taking the opportunity and running with it," Maddon said. "For me, he's just more comfortable in his major league skin. Just the way he's going about his day, even when he's not pitching."

Maddon said Sandoval has benefited from sharing the same clubhouse as veteran pitchers Andrew Heaney, Tony Watson and Dylan Bundy.

"I think he's morphing into a better version of a major league pitcher just by handling the moment," Maddon said. "I think stuff-wise, he's the same, but it's a better application of his stuff."

The Diamondbacks are scheduled to start right-hander Jon Duplantier in the series finale.

Duplantier (0-2, 10.03) has made three previous starts for Arizona this season and needs to impress if he hopes to remain in the rotation.

His most recent outing came on Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics. He was solid for three innings before the first four batters reached in the fourth. Arizona's bullpen allowed all three inherited runners to score and the Diamondbacks eventually lost 5-2.

"The thing that I think we've seen are these really good moments and it's just a lack of consistency," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said of Duplantier. "It's a challenge for a pitcher. We understand this is a challenging level and there's going to be some growth and development. I think he has that type of stuff where he can be a very good major league pitcher for a long, long time. It's about finding that consistency and hitting that sweet spot."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 13, 2021

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