Lost in the reshuffle of Shohei Ohtani’s impressive night and Mike Trout’s 4-on-5 performance against the Rangers on Monday, lazy veterans Justin Upton and Albert Pujols made their own history in the Angels’ 9-4 win. at the Globe. Field of life.
Upton and Pujols connected in back-to-back blasts over right-hander Jordan Lyles in the third, giving them 979 career homers in total. This is the third most combined home circuit between his teammates to hit back-to-back single-game home runs in Major League history, per Elias. The record is 1,099 homers between Alex Rodriguez (694) and Carlos Beltran (405) with the Yankees on June 3, 2016, while the second largest returned on May 28, 1934, when Hall of Fame members Babe Ruth ( 694) and Lou Gehrig (311) hit back-to-back explosions with the Bronx Bombers.
Pujols, 41, has shown his might so far this season, as he entered Tuesday with five homers in 18 games, giving him 667 career balls. He beats .222 / .279 / .460 with 11 RBIs in this period.
“The ball got really hot,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s very balanced. He’s feeling pretty good about himself right now and that’s what I see. He’s sort of becoming a Benjamin Button.
Upton, 33, also entered Tuesday with five homers in 19 games, bringing his career tally to 312. He’s beating .239 / .304 / .479 with 12 RBIs and has four homers in his last nine games.
“He arrived yesterday after his first at bat and was disappointed in himself because it was a pop-up, but the pop-up got squashed,” Maddon said. “He said if he got the next shot again, he wouldn’t miss it, and he didn’t. He sees the ball well. I think his approach is exceptional. He hits a lot of balls hard.
Ohtani asks to be in alignment
Despite having nine batters in five innings while beating two for three with two runs batted in and three runs scored on Monday, Ohtani wanted to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. As a result, the two-way star was back at the designated hitter, hitting second against Texas in Game 2 of the series.
“He walked up to me last night and said, ‘I want to strike tomorrow,’” Maddon said. “So I said, ‘You have it. As long as you feel good. It was part of our agreement. He was ready to rock and roll, so we put him back there.
Maddon added that he hadn’t heard anything new about the small blister that began to develop on the inner part of Ohtani’s right middle finger as he tossed his splitter. But that’s not expected to be a problem, and Ohtani should be on track to start again next Monday against the Rays at Angel Stadium.
Veteran Kurt Suzuki is also expected to remain Ohtani’s personal receiver for the time being, as Maddon liked the way the two have built their relationship as a battery.
“It’s something that we would like to try to put in place,” Maddon said. “Shohei is a creature of habit. I would like to keep that consistent with him. Some of those blocks he made yesterday on the dividers were fantastic. And I think Shohei likes the familiarity behind the plate.
Stassi, Lagares about to return
Receiver Max Stassi (left thumb sprain) and Juan Lagares (left calf strain) could be reinstated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stassi grabbed a paddock on Monday and hit without any problem. Lagares tested his calf with a high intensity run and experienced no setbacks.
“Lagares has bit the track and is ready to rock and roll,” Maddon said. “Stassi, same thing. So they can play at any time now. I’m just waiting for final approval from players and medical staff.
Stassi said he hopes to be activated soon, adding that it is a difficult injury to recover.
“I’ve been close for a while,” Stassi said. “It’s just a weird injury. Obviously I sprained my thumb and it started to progress pretty well, but then it stabilized for a while. I feel like I’m finally recovering. of this bump and hopefully I’ll be there in the next few days. “
Doubleheader vs Twins requires separate tickets
Major League Baseball has announced that the Angels will host a doubles game against Minnesota on May 20 starting at 1:07 p.m., a roster of the two games postponed from April 17 to 18 due to COVID-19 issues with the Twins.
Tickets for the game scheduled for April 17 will be valid for the first game, while tickets for the game scheduled for April 18 will be valid for game 2. Fans can visit www.angels.com/credits for more information. ‘information.