The Angels beat the Yankees in convincing fashion. They scored five runs with three homers, including two by Shohei Ohtani and one each from Ian Kinsler and Albert Pujols.
The Angels unleashed their full offensive potential against the Texas Rangers on Friday night, slugging five home runs en route to a 9-6 triumph.
Shohei Ohtani, the 2021 MVP, smacked the opening pitch of the game 400 feet over the centerfield wall at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, for two home runs.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 15: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on April 15, 2022. In commemoration of Jackie Robinson Day, all players are wearing the number 42. / Photo: Getty Images
Jo Adell followed suit with a 447-foot single shot to left field in the top of the second inning, doubling the Halos’ advantage to 2-0.
The Rangers bats were kept quiet until the fourth inning, when they added on five runs to take a 6-2 lead against Reid Detmers on the mound for the Angels.
After a couple of Rangers singles, they scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the second on an RBI groundout from Charlie Culberson.
Culberson also led off the fourth inning with a two-run double to left field.
Detmers was removed from the game after one batter in favor of Angels reliever Austin Warren.
Warren had loaded the bases before the Halos made the hugely divisive decision to intentionally walk Corey Seager, allowing Texas to take a 4-2 lead.
Another prominent example occurred in 1998, when Barry Bonds was intentionally walked with the bases loaded when his team was losing.
Following a Mitch Garver sacrifice fly, the Halos conceded another run in unusual way, this time when Warren balked Marcus Semien in from third.
Detmers pitched 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits while walking one batter and striking out five. Warren was responsible for just one of the runs scored in the fourth inning.
With the score 6-2 entering the fifth inning, the Angels rallied with their own five-run inning, courtesy of catcher Kurt Suzuki’s solo home run, Ohtani’s second home run of the game, a two-run bomb that traveled 415 feet, a Jared Walsh single, and a Brandon Marsh sacrifice fly, putting them up 7-6.
Walsh added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run bomb to left field.
Raisel Iglesias entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure the victory, earning his second save of the season while striking out two batters.
For the Rangers, it was a bullpen game in every sense of the word, as seven pitchers took the mound, just two of whom pitched at least two innings.
Kolby Allard took the loss after allowing all five runs scored by the Angels in the fifth inning.
At 4:05 p.m. on Saturday, the two will play the third game of their four-game series.
The Angels’ Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second start of the season, going head-to-head with the Rangers’ Taylor Hearn (0-0, 2.25 ERA).