On Sunday, the Angels’ other two-way player, Michael Lorenzen, took the mound against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday. While Lorenzen has yet to pull double duty in 2022 like MVP teammate Shohei Ohtani, he has made four starts for the Halos. “Mikey Biceps” has been the pitcher of record in all four starts and owns a record of 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA. Sunday’s start was a career-high of 8.1 IP after spending much of his pre-Angels career as a reliever.
Lorenzen’s White Sox counterpart, Dallas Keuchel, was the pitcher of record on the negative side in the 6-5 Angels victory. He allowed four runs on six hits with five walks and one strikeout in 5.0 IP. His season ERA now stands at 8.40. I would not be surprised to see the veteran starter sent for a quick injured list stint to regroup.
Mike Trout opened the scoring with a solo home run off Keuchel into the right field bleachers.
Heading into the 9th inning with a 4-0 lead, the Angels added two insurance runs on Jack Mayfield‘s single and Jo Adell‘s double. These proved to be crucial, as the White Sox rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Three would be charged to Lorenzen, on a total of nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
After José Abreu was hit by a pitch from Raisel Iglesias to force in their fifth run of the inning, Ryan Tepera took the hill to induce a game-ending groundout by Gavin Sheets, sealing a series victory for the 15-8 Los Angeles squad. The White Sox fell to a record of 8-13 and are 2-8 in their last ten games.
Ohtani made an early exit from the game due to right groin tightness but currently expects to play in tomorrow’s series finale against the Sox at 2:10 PM ET. The Halos will look to secure a series victory behind Patrick Sandoval (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Dylan Cease (2-1, 3.27 ERA) will take the ball for the Sox.
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