MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Angels0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 351
Tampa Bay0 2 0 4 1 1 5 0 x 13151
  W: S. McClanahan (3-2)   L: A. Cobb (5-3)
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 26, 2021
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 16,699

Rays look to continue winning ways vs. Angels

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Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Tampa Bay swept a four-game series in Anaheim from May 3-6, outscoring the Angels 26-10. The Angels haven't won a season series against the Rays since 2014 and it won't happen this year, with this three-game set being the teams' final series meeting of 2021.
  2. The Angels have been going up and down since June 7 (won six, lost three, won three, lost three). They have given up at least three runs in each of their last 12 games, tied for the longest active streak in the majors (Royals).
  3. The Rays have won back-to-back games after losing a season-high seven straight (longest losing streak since 2018). Despite a winning record at home (21-15) they don't hit so well at Tropicana Field: they hit .219 at home with 35 HR compared to .233 with 56 HR on the road.
  4. David Fletcher has hit safely in nine straight games and it batting .531 (17/32) in that time period. He is hitting .317 home this season, but only .258 on the road. Last season it was the opposite when he hit .293 at home and .343 on the road.
  5. Randy Arozarena has just three hits in his last six games (3/23) and all came in the June 22 game against the Red Sox. He hit .340 (17/50) in the 12 games prior to this stretch, with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI.
  6. Griffin Canning has allowed three runs combined in his last two starts (11.2 IP) after allowing three or more runs in each of his previous three starts. Andrew Kittredge has 27 appearances this season with three starts. He has allowed two or more earned runs in a game just once in the last two seasons (2 ER on July 29, 2020 at Braves).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/25/2021 thru 6/27/2021

After enduring a season-worst seven straight losses, the Tampa Bay Rays are picking up positive momentum again as they battle to remain atop the American League East.

The Rays look for their fourth consecutive victory on Saturday afternoon when they host the Los Angeles Angels in the second contest of a three-game set in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Austin Meadows and Kevin Kiermaier each had three hits to propel the Rays to a 4-3 win over the Angels on Friday.

The Angels lost their fourth in a row despite another power display from phenom Shohei Ohtani, who belted a homer that was estimated to travel 453 feet in the first inning. It was Ohtani's career-high 24th homer of the season.

"There's no way that's 453, I'm sorry," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "I've been here many times and I've never seen that in a game or in batting practice."

Meadows drove in two of the Rays' three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Rays prevailed after Brandon Lowe was hit by a pitch from Steve Cishek with the bases loaded in the seventh.

"This is now back-to-back nights where you don't think you're going to win games on a wild pitch and a hit by pitch, but we will take it," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Tampa Bay will send rookie left-hander Shane McClanahan (2-2, 4.03 ERA) to the mound on Saturday to face one of its former starters in right-hander Alex Cobb (5-2, 4.41).

McClanahan struck out a career-high eight over six innings in his most recent outing Sunday against Seattle. McClanahan gave up one run (a solo home run by Luis Torrens) and walked one while allowing three hits in a no-decision.

"It was a really good one, that's for sure," Cash said after that start. "Deepest and most efficient. He just really attacked the zone well. The stuff played up. He did a very nice job."

McClanahan, who is 0-2 in his four June starts, faced the Angels for the first time on May 4 in Anaheim. He scattered two hits over four scoreless innings while striking out five batters in an 8-3 win by Tampa Bay.

During that same outing, Cobb took the loss after surrendering two unearned runs, walking five and striking out six over five innings.

Cobb, who went 48-35 while pitching for the Rays his first six seasons in the majors, has yet to defeat his former team. He is 0-5 in seven career starts against Tampa Bay while compiling a 3.76 ERA over 38 1/3 innings.

Cobb, however, has won his past four decisions overall.

In his last start on June 18, Cobb gave up one unearned run on three hits, struck out eight and walked two over 5 2/3 innings in an 11-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Maddon said Mike Trout (right calf strain) is trending in the right direction, but still not expected back until after the All-Star break.

"He's going to get to the point very soon of getting more active physically regarding testing things," Maddon said. "Everything is going well, so we're all excited about that."

The Angels placed Justin Upton (right low back strain) on the 10-day injured list.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 26, 2021

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