Angels hammer Oakland bullpen in Cactus League win

THE GAME: The Angels jumped on the Oakland Athletics’ bullpen for nine runs over a four-inning stretch and rolled to an 11-5 victory on Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz.

PITCHING REPORT: Shohei Ohtani not only delivered his two innings, as expected, but he picked up an extra two batters in the third inning to round out his day at his request, instead of reaching his targeted pitch count in the bullpen. Ohtani had a dominating seven-pitch first inning before he walked two of his last five batters. “The main goal today was to feel out all my pitches and I was able to accomplish that,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “I felt pretty good with all of them.” … Right-hander Luke Murphy picked up the rest of the third inning for Ohtani and recorded a ground out and a strikeout to the two batters he faced. … Left-hander Kenny Rosenberg and right-hander Jacob Webb each had a scoreless inning. … Right-hander Jonathan Holder gave up three runs on two hits (one home run) and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, while right-hander Chris Devenski gave up two runs on two hits in an inning.

HITTING REPORT: Logan O’Hoppe hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Jake Lamb hit a three-run shot into the bullpen in right field during the fifth. Lamb started at first base. “He’s really worked hard on the defensive side, and the swings have been good,” Manager Phil Nevin said of Lamb. “He’s gonna get a lot of opportunity too. Kind of joking with him, he’s kind of the road warrior right now. He’s going to be on the road for the next few days.” … Infield prospect Kyren Paris had a productive day with a two-run triple, a bases-loaded walk and a two-run double in the ninth inning for a five-RBI game. Kevin Padlo also had a double … The offense worked 13 walks, but also struck out 13 times.

DEFENSE REPORT: Shortstop Livan Soto helped Ohtani in the second inning, starting a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning after Oakland’s Jesus Aguilar walked. … Paris was not only impressive at the plate, but he backhanded a ball up the middle from second base and recorded the out at first base to end the sixth inning. … After Angels lefty Jake Kalish walked two batters in the ninth inning, third baseman Michael Stefanic started a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.

UP NEXT: Brewers at Angels, Wednesday, noon PT, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Bally Sports West, 830 AM

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