Kole Calhoun’s bases-loaded double lifts Angels over Rangers

first_img“I just want to be aggressive and get ahead early,” said Heaney, who threw only five first-pitch balls to 25 batters. “If you can do that with your fastball it makes your offspeed pitches better. You can get some worse swings. Especially early in the count, guys have to respect the fact you’re coming at them with strikes. It’s how everyone wants to pitch, but getting some swing throughs and first pitches with the heater definitely helps.”Heaney got 11 swings and misses with his fastball and allowed just two hits.Delino Deshields Jr. hit a 1-and-1 curveball from Heaney with one out in the third inning. Calhoun played it on an in-between hop. When the ball bounced off his chest and toward center field, Deshields was able to take second base, and Calhoun was charged with an error.With two outs, Choo dumped a single into right field, scoring Deshields and giving Texas a 1-0 lead.For most of the night, Minor (11-8) seemed determined to make the run hold up.“He threw the ball well, probably the best slider that I’ve seen him have, having faced him 15 times now,” Calhoun said. “He threw the ball good. He was locating well. Really didn’t miss a lot of spots until probably that seventh inning.”The Angels have seen two versions of the Rangers’ ace left-hander this season. One version tossed a complete-game shutout in Arlington on April 16, then allowed one run over six innings in a May rematch in Anaheim.Then, in his last start before making his All-Star Game debut at age 31, Minor allowed three runs in 4⅓ laborious innings against the Angels on July 3. On Aug. 21, the Angels scored seven runs against Minor in 5⅓ innings. That was his last start prior to Tuesday.In their fifth head-to-head meeting, the Angels saw both versions of Minor. He allowed only one hit – a single by Andrelton Simmons – prior to the fateful seventh inning, in which he recorded only two outs and allowed four runs.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousAngels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (No. 2) is congratulated by his teammates after the final out of their 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels comes up to bat agaisnt the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun throws the ball to the infield while center fielder Mike Trout backs him up after the Rangers’ Delino DeShields hit a double during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Rangers’ Delino DeShields is congratulated after scoring the game’s first run during the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout makes a running catch of a fly ball from Texas Rangers’ Delino DeShields during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani singles against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun drives in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun leaves the batter’s box with a two-run double against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run double in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun celebrates after driving in two runs with a double against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run single in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin drives in two runs with a single against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, left, claps after driving in two runs with a single against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels and Kole Calhoun #56 celebrate after being driven in by Brian Goodwin #18 in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a single by Brian Goodwin during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, right, slides, but is tagged out by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor as Goodwin tried to steal second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles throws to the plate during the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles avoids a ball hit over his head by the Rangers’ Logan Forsythe during the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, and right fielder Kole Calhoun celebrate after the final out of their 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (No. 2) is congratulated by his teammates after the final out of their 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 23Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun did not need to redeem himself so much as he needed to even the scoreboard.Calhoun made a soft error early in Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers. For six innings it loomed as the lone stain on an unblemished box score, leading to the Rangers’ only run against Andrew Heaney.When Calhoun stepped to the plate against Mike Minor with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, he deserved relatively little blame for the Angels’ predicament. Calhoun more than atoned. He split the gap in right-center field with a double, driving in two runs and giving the Angels the lead for good in an eventual 5-2 victory before an announced crowd of 39,008 at Angel Stadium.“When you’re in those spots you need the one big hit,” Calhoun said, “and tonight we got one.” Shohei Ohtani led off the seventh with a first-pitch single. Minor then walked Justin Upton and Albert Pujols back-to-back, loading the bases for Simmons.Minor struck out Simmons for the first out. But he hung a 2-and-2 slider over the middle of the plate for Calhoun, whose double gave the Angels a 2-1 lead. Pujols went to third on the play. Calhoun called it “one of the few pitches that got a lot of the plate tonight.”With two outs, Goodwin pinch hit for Max Stassi and lined a single up the middle to score Pujols and Calhoun.In the eighth inning, Danny Santana hit a home run against Cam Bedrosian to pull Texas within 4-2. But Trout launched a towering homer to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning against Rafael Montero, giving him 43 home runs and 100 RBIs for the season. Trout has hit 11 of his home runs this year against the Rangers.The Angels (64-70) allowed the Rangers (64-69) to move into third place in the American League West when they lost three of four games in Arlington a week ago. Their final meeting of the season is Wednesday. If the Angels win, they will swap spots in the standings again. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels went 4 for 24 with runners in scoring position while losing three consecutive games in Houston to end last week. They went 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position Tuesday.The Angels got two more runs in the seventh inning on a two-out single by Brian Goodwin. Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 43rd home run in the eighth inning, a solo shot, establishing a new single-season career-high.Hansel Robles recorded his 19th save in support of Miguel Del Pozo (1-0). Del Pozo struck out the only batter he faced, Shin-Soo Choo, in the eighth inning. That was enough to earn his first major league win in his fifth appearance.Heaney allowed four hits and walked three batters in six innings. He struck out 10. The Rangers scored their only run against him in the third inning.In his last two starts, both against the Rangers, Heaney has struck out 24 batters across 14 innings while allowing two runs.last_img read more

Lakers injury updates: LeBron James, Anthony Davis expected to play on Christmas vs. Clippers

first_imgMORE: SN’s NBA Athlete of the DecadeBoth James and Davis were listed as questionable on Monday for the Christmas showdown with the Clippers, but the All-Star forwards pushed for an impromptu practice on Christmas Eve, per Wojnarowski and McMenamin. Practice time has been hard to find for coach Frank Vogel, as the Lakers have played 12 of their last 16 games on the road. There won’t be any talk of load management in Los Angeles on Christmas Day.Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are expected to play on Wednesday against the Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin. James missed a game for the first time this season on Sunday with a thoracic muscle strain and discomfort in his groin; Davis hurt his right knee in that game, a 128-104 loss to the Nuggets. “We went a 10-day trip without a single practice, really,” Vogel told reporters on Monday. “One shootaround, I think. Sometimes that benefits your legs, but usually it leads to a little bit of slippage in your execution and togetherness, particularly on the defensive end.”🎥 Frank Vogel gives an injury update for LeBron and AD. pic.twitter.com/DtsKBUgsRZ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 23, 2019The Lakers stand alone at the top of the Western Conference standings with a 24-6 record, but a three-game losing streak has allowed contenders like the Nuggets (21-8), Rockets (21-9) and Clippers (22-10) to close the gap. The Lakers will need to fire on all cylinders to defeat the Clippers, who won the first battle of LA on Opening Night without Paul George.George will be part of the starting five this time, joining Kawhi Leonard on the Staples Center floor. Leonard sat out Sunday’s game against the Thunder, but the 2019 NBA Finals MVP is available for the Christmas Day contest.last_img read more

Keep Calm and Carry On, Mauricio Pochettino Tells Tottenham Hotspur Amid Slump

first_imgLondon: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino accepted he must bear the brunt of criticism for his side’s slump in form in 2019, but insisted things are not as bad for Spurs as a run of four wins in 17 games seems.Pochettino saw another opportunity to win the first trophy of his managerial career slip by with a shocking League Cup exit on penalties to fourth-tier Colchester after a 0-0 draw on Tuesday. Spurs have taken just eight points from their opening six Premier League games of the season to already fall 10 points behind leaders Liverpool, who also beat Pochettino’s men in the Champions League final in June.But after five seasons of progress and praise for their Argentine manager, there are fears that a lack of movement in and out during a number of transfer windows has allowed Tottenham to go stale.”That responsibility is mine, to create that dynamic for us all to be together and start to perform in the way that we want,” said Pochettino on Thursday.”I think during five years it was almost all praise for Tottenham, how we are, how we work in different ways, how nice the coach is, how nice the coaching staff are and the club is.”Now if we deserve to be criticised, we need to accept that. If we don’t get the result people expect then we need to accept the criticism.”The critics can make you realise that we maybe need to wake up in something, to evolve, to find different ways to evolve.”I am so relaxed because you cannot live forever in a happy world. Up and downs happen, that is life and especially in football.”Tottenham were unfortunate in losing 2-1 at Leicester last weekend as Serge Aurier’s goal that would have given the visitors a 2-0 lead at the King Power was controversially ruled out by a VAR review for Son Heung-min being adjudged to be millimetres offside.And Pochettino believes his side are currently not getting the results their performances deserve.”We’re not so far away. Our performances are not as bad as the feeling and atmosphere that we create. I’m sure we’ll start winning games and performing well,” he added.”The team is doing similar or better than last season in performances but the results are different.”I do not escape my responsibility. Our responsibility is to keep calm, to work hard, be right in our assessment and help the players perform. We have quality players who are going to perform, for sure.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballmauricio pochettinoTottenham Hotspur First Published: September 26, 2019, 11:14 PM ISTlast_img read more