Angels lose wild recreation in additional innings to the Royals

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Shohei Ohtani hit two three-run homers, together with a dramatic tying drive within the backside of the ninth inning. He drove in a career-high eight runs, probably the most by a Japanese-born participant in main league historical past.

And in some way, it nonetheless was not sufficient for his Los Angeles Angels to beat the Kansas Metropolis Royals.

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Mike Trout and Tyler Wade also scored. 

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts after hitting a house run in the course of the ninth inning of a baseball recreation in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Royals in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Mike Trout and Tyler Wade additionally scored. 
(AP Photograph/Ashley Landis)

Whit Merrifield led off the eleventh inning with an RBI double, and the Royals overcame Ohtani’s historic efficiency for a 12-11 victory Tuesday evening.

Ohtani crushed a 423-foot homer within the sixth and a tying, 438-foot shot within the ninth, giving him the most important RBI recreation of his five-year stateside profession. The AL MVP then set the single-game report for RBIs by a Japanese-born participant with a sacrifice fly within the eleventh inning.

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Though he by no means complains publicly, Ohtani can be completely justified in feeling annoyed by his Los Angeles teammates’ tepid pitching efficiency behind his newest heroics. However the Royals knew they gained with some exceptional hitting of their very own, together with landmark video games for each Carlos Santana and rookie Bobby Witt Jr.

“That is some of the enjoyable video games I’ve ever been part of,” mentioned Witt, who had his first multi-homer recreation whereas driving in a career-high 4 runs. “Simply prime to backside, there was quite a lot of vitality occurring. It was a blast. … Each time Ohtani or (Mike) Trout come as much as the plate, you maintain your breath just a little bit on the market. It is enjoyable to observe them play, and hopefully they do not do as a lot injury as they did in opposition to us (tonight).”

Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield (15) doubles during the eleventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Nicky Lopez scored. 

Kansas Metropolis Royals’ Whit Merrifield (15) doubles in the course of the eleventh inning of a baseball recreation in opposition to the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Nicky Lopez scored. 
(AP Photograph/Ashley Landis)

Ohtani’s eighth RBI wasn’t sufficient, as a result of Merrifield and Kyle Isbel each drove in runs off Jose Quijada (0-2) earlier within the eleventh.

Daniel Mengden struck out Trout with two Angels on base earlier than Ohtani’s flyout, and he retired Jared Walsh on a game-ending popup. Mengden earned his first save of the season and the second of his profession as Kansas Metropolis held on for its fifth victory in six video games regardless of blowing a five-run lead within the sixth and a three-run lead within the ninth.

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“Simply the vitality and the combat, the way in which we simply stored punching,” Kansas Metropolis supervisor Mike Matheny mentioned. “We would take one, they usually stored coming again. That is what I like to see. … You see a recreation like that, and it is one which begins to repeat itself.”

Santana had 4 hits and drove in a season-high 5 runs for the Royals, who battered the Angels’ employees regardless of dropping slugger Salvador Perez to a thumb damage within the third inning. Kansas Metropolis led 6-1 halfway via the sixth earlier than the Angels’ star hitters lastly acquired going.

Together with Ohtani’s excellence, Walsh doubled, tripled and homered whereas driving in two runs for the Angels. He fell simply in need of his second cycle in 11 days.

“This one stings,” Angels interim supervisor Phil Nevin mentioned. “That room is hurting in there. You are feeling prefer it’s in your grasp a few occasions, and also you labored laborious to get again in it. We simply by no means fairly acquired the lead, however quite a lot of nice performances. We swung the bats nice in some tight spots.”

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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Mike Trout and Tyler Wade also scored.

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts after hitting a house run in the course of the ninth inning of a baseball recreation in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Royals in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Mike Trout and Tyler Wade additionally scored.
(AP Photograph/Ashley Landis)

Ohtani trimmed the Angels’ deficit to 6-4 when he drove his 14th homer to right-center. Royals starter Jonathan Heasley had pitched four-hit ball into the sixth earlier than Ohtani’s shot chased him.

Kansas Metropolis then led 10-7 coming into the underside of the ninth after Santana’s late RBI single and Witt’s two-run homer, however Tyler Wade singled and Trout walked earlier than Ohtani drove them residence with a no-doubt blast to proper.

Dylan Coleman (2-1) stranded two Angels runners within the tenth.

Santana started his monster recreation with an RBI double and a two-run homer earlier than including RBI singles within the sixth and eighth. Witt homered within the first inning, added an RBI double off the wall within the seventh and delivered a two-run homer within the ninth.

SHYCYCLE

Walsh acquired three extra-base hits in 4 innings halfway via the sport, however could not get a success in two further at-bats. He completed a single shy of matching his first profession cycle on June 11 in opposition to the Mets.

HISTORIC HITS

Two Japanese gamers had beforehand pushed in seven runs in a significant league recreation. Tadahito Iguchi did it for the White Sox in 2006, and Hideki Matsui matched it for the Yankees in 2009.

NEVIN TOSSED

Nevin was ejected throughout a pitching change within the seventh inning after arguing vociferously with the umpiring crew. Nevin was indignant a couple of debatable balk name on Halos reliever Andrew Wantz earlier within the recreation.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: Perez injured his thumb whereas swinging, however stayed within the recreation and accomplished his at-bat. The catcher mentioned he’ll have an MRI examination on his left thumb Wednesday, and he will not be shocked if he misses just a few days. “Hopefully it is nothing unhealthy,” Perez mentioned. “I’ve simply acquired to attend.”

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Ohtani (5-4, 3.28 ERA) appears to be like to string collectively three straight mound victories within the sequence finale in opposition to Kansas Metropolis’s Daniel Lynch (3-6, 5.19). Ohtani’s solely earlier pitching begin in opposition to Kansas Metropolis was again in his AL Rookie of the 12 months season in 2018.

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