ANAHEIM, California – Tommy La Stella is providing an unexpected power boost to the Los Angeles Angels during their interlaced series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The second baseman rallied twice and drove in four runs to lead the Angels to an 11-8 victory on Tuesday night after Mike Trout came out with a groin injury.
The Stella, who had only one more multihomer game, took part in consecutive games for the first time in her career. It is only the second time in the six main seasons of the La Stella championship that he has had three or more homers in a year.
"It's beautiful. It reminds me a little of the Little League. It's a good feeling every time you enter a ball like that," he said.
Andrelton Simmons has had three successes while Los Angeles has extended his winning streak to five games. Jonathan Lucroy added two successes and three RBI against his first major league team.
The trout started in the fourth inning after straining its right groin as it ran towards the second base in the second. The Angels have declared that their central defender of $ 426.5 million is from day to day.
The three-time La Stella home champion on Freddy Peralta in the first inning gave the Angels a 6-0 lead. The Brewers ran in a race in the fourth before La Stella led out of the lower half with a push in the middle. The 412-foot shot was the longest of his career.
"I caught them well and on the barrel pretty well," La Stella said. "I freed my hands on the plate and did not stop swinging. This allows the power to generate itself."
The director of the Angels, Brad Ausmus, said that La Stella started slowly but turned the corner in this series.
"I don't know if I would have classified him for the second largest number of home runs at this point in the season, but I'm glad he had two tonight because they were important," said Ausmus.
Los Angeles went ahead when Alex Wilson ran Lucroy with the bases loaded in seventh. Simmons doubled home in eighth place, and Albert Pujols veered with sacrifice.
Cam Bedrosian (1-0) launched an uninterrupted win and Cody Allen scored three outs for his third save. Alex Claudio (0-1), who led Lucroy to start the seventh, suffered the loss.
Yasmani Grandal has rallied twice and drove in three points for Milwaukee. Lorenzo Cain and Ben Gamel have both had two successes, and Mike Moustakas has gone to the bottom for the second consecutive evening.
Moustakas and Grandal hit consecutive fifth homers to give the Brewers an 8-7 lead.
"We made a great comeback and gave ourselves a chance for a couple of innings. A pair of leadoffs hurts us tonight," said manager Craig Counsell. "They did a good job putting pressure on us."
Peralta, who pulled eight innings of shutout and broke a career record 11 in his last start, had one of the poorest releases of his career. The curve to the right allowed eight career victories and tied a worse career, giving up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Matt Harvey struggled in his second consecutive home run. The curve to the right allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He has an ERA 15.13 at the Angels stadium.
The dish umpire Tom Hallion took a ball from Simmons out of the mask in the second and was watched by an Angels coach. Hallion remained behind the plate but remained among the innings. Second base referee Todd Tichenor went behind the plate to finish the game. The Angels said Hallion was still experiencing headaches and will be evaluated before Wednesday's game.
SALA DEL TRAINER
Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (right shoulder) launched two innings during a spring training game. Counsell said Nelson could start again in a couple of days before a decision is made on his next step.
Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney launched for the first time since he experienced pain in his left elbow at the end of spring training. Heaney received a cortisone stroke last week and is unlikely to rejoin the rotation until next month.
Felix Pena (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will make his second start at home when the Angels finish a homestand of seven games. The curve to the right beat seven goals and allowed a run to be obtained in 4 2/3 innings against Texas on Friday. The Brewers will send Brandon Woodruff (1-0, 6.00) to the mound for his first attack on the Angels.
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