ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Michael Lorenzen was hoping to make his first debut for his hometown team since signing with the Los Angeles Angels last November.
The right-handed batsman made sure it was memorable.
Lorenzen allowed one run on two hits in six innings in his Angels debut as Los Angeles beat the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Monday night.
“I’m not going to get this opportunity again. You’ve only made your first debut for your hometown team once, so I went for it. Thankfully, it went my way,” said Lorenzen, who won the 2020 post “I just told myself to attack, attack, attack and you’re either going to drop 10 homers or you’re going deeper into the game with a lower pitch.” Get off.”
In addition to receiving support from family and friends sitting in a suite, Lorenzen (1-0) got some help with his offense. Brandon Marsh gave Los Angeles an early lead after beating a homer by three runs in the first innings.
Joe Adele also went deep for the Angels, who bounced back after losing three of four to AL champion Houston in the opening series of the season.
Jess Sanchez both scored with a pair of Marlin singles homers. Miami manager Don Mattingly was kicked out in fourth place for arguing with plate umpire Nick Maherle.
Lorenzen, who grew up in Anaheim and moved to Cal State Fullerton, signed a one-year contract with the Angels last November after seven seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. It is the first time since his 2015 rookie season that he is being counted as a regular starting pitcher after being largely out of the bullpen over the past six years.
He also played at least six innings against the Marlins for the first time since July 9, 2015.
Lorenzen’s only costly mistake came in the fourth, when Sanchez drove a hanging cutter over the center-field fence.
Lorenzen (1–0) ended up using six pitches, throwing his sinker for 20 out of 28 strikes.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said, “I loved every performance he had.” “I’ve seen him a lot in the National League. I’ve never seen him dominate like that. He had that bowling-ball sinker handy. He plays all the time. The Wrights don’t like it at all.”
Shohei Ohtani led the Angels with the first single and finished second with his first stolen base of the season. Max Stacey walked with two outs before Marsh added Alisor Hernandez’s fastball to the center of the plate for a three-run drive.
It was Marsh’s third major league home run, but the first in Angel Stadium’s home run.
Adele, who was 0 for 9 and was dismissed seven times in the season-opening series against Houston, took the center 4-0 lead with a shot at second.
“I finally got into the swing of things,” he said. “I was trying to do a bit more in the first doubles games.”
Hernandez (0-1) played four innings and conceded four runs on five hits with six strikes.
“It took him a while to get going. Once he got his breaking ball and off-speed pitches moving, he did a good job,” Mattingly said.
The Angels added a pair of runs in the eighth by Marsh and Adele in the RBI doubles.
The Los Angeles pitchers retired 17 straight until Sanchez dismissed Raicel Iglesias in the ninth with two outs.
Angels slugger Mike Trout did not play due to a stomach problem, which also affected him last week. Maddon said the All-Star outfielder was available off the bench when needed, but didn’t want to risk starting him early in the season.
Lorenzen’s outing marked a great start to the season for the Angels’ rotation. Beginners allowed only six earned runs in 24 1/3 innings. The opponents’ batting average is .155.
Mattingly was kicked out for an argument about balls and strike.
“I thought it was early,” he said. “It wasn’t my first argument of the night. Usually you get a little more rope, but apparently not tonight.”
Marlins: DH/Off Avicel Garcia was scratched from the lineup due to a soft back. Mattingly said he did not expect Garcia’s injury to be serious, but it is possible he could be ruled out on Tuesday as Wednesday is a holiday.
Angels: 2b David Fletcher is ruled out in the seventh inning with a left hip stiffness. … Taylor Ward (left groin strain) is on track to come off the injured list when he is eligible to return this weekend, according to trainer Mike Frostad.
Marlins: LHP Jess Luzardo (6-9 in 2021, 6.61 ERA) is 1-6 and has 7.03 ERA in 17 career road outings, including eight starts.
Angels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-6, 3.62) was originally set to start the season against the Astros last Friday, but his start was pushed back due to an arm pain.
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