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LA Angels0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 591
Miami1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 230
  W: S. Ohtani (8-4)   L: T. Rogers (4-7)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, July 6, 2022
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 18,741

Marlins face multi-talented Shohei Ohtani in series finale

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Los Angeles Angels at Miami Marlins

  1. The Angels head to Miami trying to snap a franchise-record six-game road losing streak to NL opponents. The Angels swept the Marlins in a two-game series at home in early May making Los Angeles 5-1 all-time in regular season series against them.
  2. Angels' starter Noah Syndergaard has seven career wins against the Marlins, his most against any single opponent. Syndergaard also threw the first of his two career complete game shutouts against Miami as a member of the Mets on September 30, 2018.
  3. Mike Trout is hitless in his last 14 at-bats, tied for the seventh longest consecutive at-bat streak without a hit in Trout's career. Trout recorded his longest at-bat drought without a hit earlier in 2022 when he went hitless in 26 straight at-bats which ended on June 5.
  4. The Marlins have won five in a row during which they have a NL-best 2.11 ERA. This is the Marlins' third five game winning streak of the season, their most in a single season since they had three such streaks in 2009.
  5. Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara is 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and .176 opponent average in his last 10 starts. He threw a career-high 117 pitches in his last start and averages 102.4 pitches per game in 2022, the highest average among ERA qualifiers.
  6. Speedster Jon Berti has 25 stolen bases through his first 49 games played for the Marlins this season. This is tied for the second most stolen bases for a Marlins player through their first 50 games played trailing only Luis Castillo's 29 bags in 2000.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/5/2022 thru 7/6/2022
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The host Miami Marlins saw what it was like facing Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani as a designated hitter in their interleague game on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, they face Ohtani the pitcher.

The clubs conclude their two-game series on Wednesday with Ohtani (7-4, 2.68 ERA) getting the start against Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers (4-6, 5.56).

This series marks the first time in his career that Ohtani is playing in Miami.

In the Marlins' 2-1 win on Tuesday, Ohtani finished hitless in three at-bats, with a walk.

"I can follow him around all day and watch him all day," Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. "Here, you get a DH day and you get to see him pitch (Wednesday), so you get to see all of him."

For the Marlins, they'll experience Ohtani's complete skillset. The ability to hit and pitch at high levels sets him apart from other players.

"He's an exciting guy," Nevin said. "He's even more exciting to be able to have him in your own room. Just to watch him work every day, for me, is the most impressive thing."

Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who won the American League Most Valuable Player award in 1985, an honor Ohtani received last year, marvels at the way Ohtani can handle the grind of pitching and hitting.

"Just the wear and tear on the body, it just takes a lot mentally to do it," Mattingly said.

On the mound, Ohtani is an imposing presence. The right-handed pitcher has 101 strikeouts and 17 walks in 74 innings. That's a nine-inning average of 12.28 strikeouts and 2.07 walks.

"Not only just (to pitch and hit), but to do it really well," Mattingly said. "You can look at him as a Cy Young-type guy, and you can also look at him as an MVP. That's both sides of this thing. That's pretty amazing."

For the Marlins, Rogers is trying to get his season on track. The National League Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2021, Rogers is 2-2 with a 6.56 ERA in his past seven starts.

The southpaw, who has never faced Angels, has yet to display the consistency that he showed last year.

Rogers' strikeout numbers are down and his walks are up from a year ago. In 2021, he averaged 10.62 strikeouts and 3.11 walks per game, but those figures are 8.21 strikeouts and 4.50 walks this year.

The first batter Rogers faces on Wednesday might be Angels third baseman Jonathan Villar, who spent a half-season with the Marlins in 2020. Villar was released by the Chicago Cubs in late June, then signed with Los Angeles over the weekend. The Angels are trying him out in the leadoff spot, but he is 0-for-7 through two games.

"We're going to see how it looks," Nevin said. "His best years came with him out of the leadoff spot ... I think he can be a spark."

The Angels have lost four straight games and seven of their last 10. The Marlins, meanwhile, are winners of six straight.

"It feels at least some things are bouncing our way," Mattingly said. "When you hit these little streaks, it feels like the ball is bouncing our way. We're doing some things that are working out.

"We've had our stretches through the season when it hasn't. Right now, the last few days, it has been. Now, you ride the wave as long as you can."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 6, 2022

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