Sunday's Twins-Angels pitching matchup a must-watch battle of rookies


Sunday's Twins-Angels pitching matchup a must-watch battle of rookies

Angels drop another tough one to Twins this time in extra innings

Angels drop another tough one to Twins this time in extra innings

Ohtani was dominant again in his sixth big-league start, but the Angels' two-way sensation was denied his fourth win when he left after walking Logan Morrison on nine pitches in the seventh.

Hildenberger got out of the bases-loaded jam and Garver got the key hit in the next inning to help continue the Twins' hot streak away from home.

Ohtani is 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia called Ohtani's performance "phenomenal".

By the 6th inning, his team led 1-to-0. Middleton only returned from the disabled list last Thursday after sitting out with elbow inflammation.

Despite dominating on the mound, April's American League Rookie of the Month did not get the win at Angel Stadium, but his efforts were not wasted after Zack Cozart secured the victory with a walk-off single.

Garver's game-winner, off Angels right-hander Noe Ramirez, ended a battle of bullpens that saw relievers from both teams put up zeroes after the seventh inning and into the 12th. Minnesota then strung together three consecutive hits, including an RBI double by Byron Buxton and an RBI single by Joe Mauer.

Tropeano had just the one bad inning, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. Albert Pujols struck out with runners on second and third to end the inning. With his fastball hitting 99 miles per hour and his off-speed pitches plummeting through the strike zone, the Japanese right-hander reached 43 strikeouts for the season, blowing past Bo Belinsky's franchise record for strikeouts in a pitcher's first six games.

The Angels trailed 3-2 when Kole Calhoun drew a leadoff walk from reliever Ryan Pressly in the seventh.

At the plate, Ohtani has batted.348 with five home runs and 16 runs-batted =-in so far this season in the first slugger-pitcher combination effort since legend Babe Ruth's heyday a century ago. "His splitter was as good as we've seen it, and he got some big outs with his fastball".