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LA Angels0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 473
Minnesota2 1 0 1 3 0 1 0 x 8111
  W: G. Jax (7-3)   L: R. Detmers (6-6)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, September 24, 2022
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 30,959

Angels rookie Reid Detmers aims to topple Twins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Angels have won two of three meetings this season in a series on August 12-14 in Anaheim. In the middle game, the Twins led 3-0 entering the bottom of the eighth before the Angels scored one in the eighth, two in the ninth and two more in the 11th for the win.
  2. The Angels are 31-44 on the road this season and have lost 13 of their last 18 games away from home. They have a .221 average in road games, which is 29th in the majors with only the Pirates hitting worse.
  3. Mike Trout has 19 home runs and a .326 average at home this season and 17 home runs on the road, but is hitting just .226 in away games. Last season, he hit both .333 at home and on the road.
  4. The Twins have lost four straight and seven of their last eight overall (all on the road). Minnesota's had a 2.89 team ERA at home in 2020, 4.57 in 2021, and 3.52 this season.
  5. Luis Arraez is batting .313 and is third in the American League in batting average trailing Aaron Judge by .003. The last Twins player to win a batting title was Joe Mauer (who won three with his last one in 2009). Arraez is hitting .333 (4-for-12) in the three games against the Angels this season.
  6. Pitcher Shohei Ohtani is 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA in his last four starts with 29 strikeouts in 27 innings. He has 13 wins this season compared to 13 in his first three seasons combined. He is also four strikeouts shy of his first career 200-strikeout season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2022 thru 9/25/2022

Two of the top rookie pitchers in the American League will square off on Saturday night when the Los Angeles Angels face the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis.

Left-hander Reid Detmers (6-5, 3.71 ERA), the only pitcher to throw a complete game no-hitter this season, gets the start for the Angels (66-85). The 23-year-old will be opposed by right-hander Joe Ryan (12-8, 3.61), who hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts for the Twins (73-78).

Ryan flirted with a no-hitter on Sept. 13 in a 6-3 victory against Kansas City before he was lifted by manager Rocco Baldelli following seven no-hit innings and 106 pitches. Ryan followed that up with 7 2/3 shutout innings in a 3-0 victory at Cleveland on Sunday.

Ryan enters Saturday's contest with 138 strikeouts this season, just six shy of Francisco Liriano's team rookie record of 144 set in 2006.

During a disappointing September that has seen Minnesota sputter to just a 6-16 mark, including 1-8 over the past nine games, Ryan has been one of the few bright spots.

"He's pitching in spots where he hasn't pitched before, and I think he's taking what he's done in the past and expanding on it and finding some different space," Baldelli said. "We talk about adjustments all the time, and he's making a ton of them right now."

It will be Ryan's first career start against Los Angeles, while Detmers will be making his second career start against Minnesota. He didn't figure in the decision in a 5-3 victory over the Twins on Aug. 13, when he allowed two runs on five hits over five innings while striking out nine.

Detmers was impressive in his last start, a 6-5 victory over Seattle on Sunday. He permitted one run on four hits with three strikeouts over six innings.

The Angels won the first game of the series, 4-2, on Friday night. Reigning American League MVP Shohei Ohtani picked up his 14th win of the season on a chilly and soggy night at Target Field.

Ohtani no-hit the Twins for the first 4 2/3 innings but battled control problems, yielding a season-high six walks and also hitting a batter. He allowed two runs on three hits over five-plus innings and struck out seven. That gives him 203 strikeouts in 153 innings and makes him the 11th pitcher in team history to record 200 strikeouts in a season.

"Yeah, in so few innings too," Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. "He's not throwing as many innings as most of the guys who have gotten to 200. He's got two more starts. He'll add to that number I'm sure but it's a nice one to get to."

Although his team lost its fifth straight game, Baldelli was pleased with the way the Twins battled against Ohtani.

"I was reasonably pleased that we didn't just go out there just swinging," Baldelli said. "We actually made him get back in the zone and make some pitches. He pitched pretty deep into the game, but we were able to get him out of there and we were still in the ballgame. When we're facing a guy like that, to have a chance to win the game, be in a good tight ballgame like that, is a good thing. I thought our at-bats against him were solid."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2022

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