Angels experiment with Ohtani as cleanup hitter


Holland threw 100 pitches, allowing five hits, four runs, striking out six, and walking one. "I basically had to apologize to everybody after that".

It took nine pitches for Belt to work the count full, as he fouled off five pitches in the process. "Today I got the humility".

Pablo Sandoval struck out to begin the second inning for the Giants but reached when the ball got past catcher Rene Rivera on a wild pitch by Richards. "Don't want to do it again". And I think we're going to adjust however we have to.

Holland threw 57 of his 86 pitches for strikes, posting a mediocre game score of just 42. "Like, this can't be happening", Maldonado said.

Belt also homered in the fifth inning in a nine-pitch at-bat versus Blake Parker and singled on the first pitch from Jim Johnson in the seventh.

Trout, who finished 3 for 4 with the homer, a pair of doubles and a stolen base, has found a way to do more for his team in April. Oddly enough, he won the game where he allowed the run, and he's 0-0 in games where he hasn't allowed a run.

Cueto (2-0) allowed only two hits in six shutout innings.

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This early exclamation point to the start of his season will only fan the flames to give Williamson a real shot to become the every day left fielder going forward. He took a no-hitter into the sixth and struck out seven.

The Angels' offense has been led by Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani singled with one out to load the bases, but Cueto got Luis Valbuena to ground into a 3-6-1 double play.

Los Angeles had runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth before Hunter Strickland got Ian Kinsler to fly out to center for his third save in five chances. Cueto excitedly pumped his right fist after taking the throw from shortstop Brandon Crawford. Those two facts seem to contradict each other, but Saturday's game was an indicator that he can both put together an MVP-caliber season and lead Los Angeles (14-7) to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

The Angels let slip that Ohtani would pitch in the second game of their series against the Astros in their game notes. He has yet to face the Angels this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 4.50 ERA and five strikeouts across six innings).

Friday: Went 2 for 3 with a solo home run and a walk in an 8-1 loss to the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Angels: RHP Shoehei Ohtani is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, and the Angels should know if he's definitely good to make his next start after a blister on his right middle finger forced him out after just two innings against Boston on Tuesday night.