Angels, Indians to be kids again for a night

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Field Level Media
22 Aug 2021, 21:55 GMT+10

Participation successful the MLB Little League Classic offers the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians a infinitesimal successful the spotlight amid their respective mediocre seasons.

The Indians volition look to implicit a three-game bid expanse of the Angels connected Sunday nighttime successful the crippled astatine Williamsport, Pa.

Afterthe 2020 lawsuit was canceled owed to the coronavirus pandemic, the Angels and Indians volition renew this contented portion continuing a acceptable that began successful Cleveland and is held against the backdrop of the Little League World Series successful progress.

"Everyone's truly excited," Angels catcher Max Stassi told MLB.com. "I conscionable deliberation astir each feline that grew up successful the U.S. connected the squad played Little League.

"My team, we ne'er made it to the Little League World Series, truthful it'll beryllium chill to yet go."

The Indians won the archetypal 2 of this acceptable astatine location by holding the Angels to 7 combined hits and outscoring them 14-2. Cleveland has won 4 consecutive against the Angels this season, and 12 of the past 13 wide betwixt the 2 clubs.

Cleveland's Myles Straw and Amed Rosario person 5 hits apiece successful the past 2 games. Rosario, meanwhile, is batting .378 during an eight-game hitting streak.

Scheduled Cleveland pitcher Cal Quantrill (3-2, 3.24 ERA) continues to fare good arsenic a starter, going 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA successful his past 8 appearances. The right-hander, though, allowed 3 runs and 8 hits implicit 5 innings of a 10-inning nonaccomplishment astatine Minnesota connected Monday.

Now, helium hopes to bounce backmost astatine home, wherever he's 1-0 with a 1.44 ERA successful his past 4 starts.

"(Monday was) the worst I've felt successful a mates months now," Quantrill told the Indians' authoritative website. "But, it's portion of the game. You're not going to person you're A-game each truthful often."

This volition beryllium Quantrill's archetypal commencement against the Angels, whom helium allowed a tally and 3 hits to during a one-inning alleviation outing astatine Anaheim connected May 17.

Quantrill has ne'er faced Los Angeles' Shohei Ohtani, who volition nary uncertainty beryllium the prima attraction successful Williamsport connected Sunday. However, Ohtani volition look to bounce backmost aft helium struck retired 3 times successful 4 at-bats during the Angels' 5-1 nonaccomplishment connected Saturday. He's besides 1-for-8 successful this series.

Los Angeles' Jose Suarez (5-6, 3.88) volition instrumentality the shot looking to debar a 3rd consecutive losing decision. Though the left-hander has a 6.12 ERA portion losing 4 of his past 5 starts, helium allowed lone a first-inning two-run homer, 3 different hits and 3 walks -- and struck retired six -- implicit 5 innings portion going toe-to-toe with Gerrit Cole successful a 2-1 nonaccomplishment to the New York Yankees connected Monday.

"You saw beauteous overmuch what (Suarez) is going to look similar for galore years to come," Angels manager Joe Maddon said of the outing.

Suarez's lone quality against the Indians came successful September 2019, erstwhile helium gave up six runs successful 3 innings of enactment successful an 8-0 loss.

Los Angeles' David Fletcher has recorded a deed successful 11 of his past 12 roadworthy contests.

--Field Level Media

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