MLB

Wed, Sep 16, 2020
9:40 PM ET

Arizona Diamondbacks
vs.
Los Angeles Angels

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Angels - MLB - Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Angels' Bundy set to face D-backs newcomer SmithSix years into his major league career, it is clear that Los Angeles Angels right-hander Dylan Bundy simply was on the wrong coast previously.Bundy gets a chance to add another first-rate start to the pile when the Angels play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.Bundy, who hails from Oklahoma, played five seasons on the East Coast for the Baltimore Orioles, winning 13 games once but never delivering better than a 4.02 ERA. In 2018, he tied for the major league lead with 16 losses.In his first season on the West Coast with the Angels, he has been the best the club has to offer from the mound. He is 5-2 with a 2.48 ERA overall, 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA over his past three outings. The Angels are 6-3 when he starts and are 14-26 in all other games, yet another indicator of his value.Bundy will enter Wednesday's start coming off a season-best 12-strikeout game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday. It was his third double-digit strikeout game of the season."Pitching in Baltimore, in the AL East, in that ballpark creates resolve within you," Angels manager Joe Maddon said about Bundy. "The AL East is a great training ground for pitchers, it really is. You have to get hitters out in the strike zone, there's probably not a lot of chase. And that's why you always got to like a guy that has had success there. And that's the very simple reason. He knows how to pitch in the zone and get people out." Like the Angels (20-29), the Diamondbacks (18-31) are hardly playing to expectations. Even so, they erupted for a 9-8 victory over the Angels on Tuesday, and the offense figures to provide a worthy challenge to Bundy.The Diamondbacks' Kole Calhoun hit two home runs in his first game against his former team, driving in five with three total hits on the night.Arizona will send left-hander Caleb Smith (0-0, 3.00) to the mound on Wednesday. It will be his second start for Arizona since being acquired at the trade deadline from the Miami Marlins. Smith was part of the return package for outfielder Starling Marte.Smith went just three innings in his Diamondbacks debut Friday, giving up one run on one hit and one walk with three strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners. He showed far better control than in his one start with the Marlins this season on July 25, when he walked six Philadelphia Phillies in three innings.He will face an Angels team that rallied Tuesday from a seven-run deficit against four-time All-Star Madison Bumgarner, tagging the former San Francisco Giants ace with a career-high-tying eight earned runs and a career-high 13 hits.The Diamondbacks think Smith has the resolve to do just fine Wednesday. He showed his new team what he is all about when he objected to coming out of Friday's game."Yeah, I knew the game plan coming into the game, I knew I had three innings," Smith said afterward. "But if I start something, I like to finish it. That's just my mentality. I'm always going to ask for more, but at the end of the day, it's not my call. ..."I'm ecstatic to be with this organization. I'm really happy with where I'm at." --Field Level Media

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Angels - MLB - Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Calhoun, Peralta power Diamondbacks past Angels again, 9-6ANAHEIM, Calif. Kole Calhoun hit his third homer in two games against his former Angels teammates, and David Peralta homered and drove in two runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 9-6 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.Calhoun connected for a two-run shot in the seventh after homering twice Tuesday night in his first game back at Angel Stadium, where he spent eight seasons as the Angels' right fielder before leaving last winter. Calhoun went 2 for 5, giving him five hits and seven RBIs in two games against his old teammates.Peralta followed Calhoun's hsot with a homer in his second straight game while getting three hits for the Diamondbacks, who have won four of six after scoring nine runs apiece in back-to-back games at the Big A.''This is what we should have been doing,'' Peralta said. ''This is the type of offense we are. We need to finish strong, learn from this season and move forward. But it's been fun, the past few days, the way we've been doing our thing and our business.'' Nick Ahmed had a two-run single during Arizona's four-run second inning against Dylan Bundy (5-3), who had the shortest start of his outstanding season for the Angels. The right-hander yielded five earned runs on six hits and two walks while getting chased in the third.''We did a lot of things right inside this game,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. ''Obviously from an offensive standpoint we just kept piling up the hits. The baserunners and then the runs followed.'' Max Stassi, Jared Walsh and Justin Upton homered for the Angels, who have lost two straight at home after an 8-3 surge briefly invited hopes of playoff contention.While the Houston Astros continue to hold open the door for second place in the AL West by losing 10 of 13, the Angels haven't been able to walk through it, let alone get past Seattle in between.''It's frustrating for everybody, but we've got to keep pounding on the door,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''Of course, the opportunities are slipping quickly.'' Mike Trout had an RBI double for the Angels (20-30), who officially have five consecutive non-winning seasons for the first time since 1994. One more loss will clinch five straight losing seasons for the Halos for the first time since 1977.''We did a lot of good things, had a lot of well-struck balls for outs again,'' Maddon said. ''Dylan had a bad day. It really comes down to that. From what we'd seen this year, I really anticipated him going deeper into this game.'' After Caleb Smith started with two innings in his second appearance for Arizona, Taylor Clarke (2-0) took over and yielded six hits and four runs over five innings. Stefan Crichton pitched the ninth for his third save, including two straight in Anaheim.Peralta hit the tiebreaking eighth-inning homer in Tuesday night's victory, and he drove in Arizona's first run against Bundy with a single in the second.Bundy gave up no extra-base hits, but said control problems led to him getting ''singled to death.'' WALSH'S ROLLWalsh smashed a single through the shift in the first inning, and he connected in the fifth for his sixth homer in seven games. The first baseman is batting 16 for 34 (.471) during his eight-game hitting streak.Maddon praised Walsh's ''electric hands. ... I don't think it's a fluke. I think this is how he's capable of hitting.'' SHOHEI SHELVEDShohei Ohtani was out of the Angels' starting lineup for the fourth straight game. Ohtani is batting .189 with five homers and 20 RBIs this season, and Maddon says they don't have time for the two-way star to hit his way out of a slump.''I really anticipate a good result when he gets back out there,'' Maddon said. ''We're playing the long game here. He's going to be just fine, but for right now, in this little bubble that we're in, we're trying to get to the playoffs.'' Albert Pujols, who's batting .222, went 0 for 4 in Ohtani's place as the Angels' designated hitter. Right fielder Jo Adell went 0 for 4, extending his slump to 0 for 24 with 13 strikeouts.TRAINER'S ROOMDiamondbacks: Reliever Merrill Kelly should be able to return at full strength next spring. Kelly needed thoracic outlet surgery after a blood clot in his shoulder was removed.Angels: INF Franklin Barreto is still feeling pain from his dislocated shoulder, and he could need surgery. He played only six games after Los Angeles acquired him from Oakland. ... The Angels optioned Matt Thaiss and recalled LHP Patrick Sandoval, who pitched four innings of relief while allowing four hits and three runs.UP NEXTGriffin Canning (0-3, 4.57 ERA) takes his 10th shot at his first victory of the season for the Angels in the series finale against Alex Young (2-3, 4.42 ERA) and the Diamondbacks.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/-Sports

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