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    Reid Detmers struggles after good start in Angels’ loss to Brewers
    • April 30, 2023

    Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout reacts in the dugout after his two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    Milwaukee Brewers’ Willy Adames (27) is thrown out of a baseball game by home plate umpire Adam Beck during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    Milwaukee Brewers’ Willy Adames (27) argues with home plate umpire Adam Beck during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, steals second base as Milwaukee Brewers’ Owen Miller takes a late throw in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    Reid Detmers of the Los Angeles Angels throws a pitch during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on April 29, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)



    MILWAUKEE — Reid Detmers stood at his locker with no answers for what had just happened.

    After starting the game in dominant fashion, striking out five of the first six batters, he ended up being charged with seven runs in the Angels’ 7-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

    “Honestly, I don’t know,” Detmers said. “Just leaving pitches over the middle of the plate. I’m going to have to go back and look. All I can think of right now is it’s just leaving pitches over the plate. It’s frustrating.”

    Detmers also issued a pair of leadoff walks in the two innings that the Brewers scored.

    Detmers’ performance was even more frustrating because the Angels made a late comeback. After trailing 7-1 in the fifth, they rallied on a pair of Mike Trout two-run homers, in the eighth and ninth.

    A couple more runs could have kept Detmers from taking a loss in a season that hasn’t started the way some had expected after his impressive rookie year. Detmers has a 4.85 ERA through his first five starts.

    His stuff has been dominant at times, including a slider has more velocity than last year.

    Everything was going well in this one before Detmers walked Victor Caratini to start the third. Owen Miller then yanked a double down the left field line, sending Caratini to third.

    Detmers induced two straight grounders, pushing in one run, but then Willie Adames hit a fly ball into shallow center field. Trout raced in and dove, but couldn’t make the catch, as another run scored.

    “At the last second it felt like it knuckled a little bit,” Trout said. “When the ball hits you in the palm, you don’t know where it’s going to go. That was a tough one. I probably should have caught it.”

    Adames then went to second on a passed ball and he scored on William Contreras’ double into the gap in left-center.

    In the fifth, Detmers again issued a leadoff walk, this time to Miller, the No. 8 hitter. The next two hitters hit sharp grounders to third baseman Anthony Rendon, and both of them clanked off his glove. One was ruled a hit and one was an error.

    “Those are extremely hard plays for a third baseman,” Manager Phil Nevin said.

    After a strikeout, Detmers walked Contreras to push home a run, ending his night. Two more runs were tacked on to his line when Andrew Wantz gave up a single to Jesse Winker and walked Caratini with the bases loaded.

    Only four of the seven runs charged to Detmers were earned, and it might have been a much different night if Trout and Rendon had come up with those plays.

    By contrast, the Brewers were able to make the tough plays all night.

    In the first inning, the Brewers turned a quick double play to get Shohei Ohtani, who is tough to double up because of his speed. Left fielder Christian Yelich made a sliding catch of a Rendon line drive to end the third, stranding two.

    Miller, the second baseman, went past the bag to make a backhand stop of a Zach Neto grounder in the fifth. Yelich then sprinted toward the gap to snag a line drive by Trout, turning an extra base hit into a sacrifice fly.

    Center fielder Joey Wiemer made a diving catch of a Brandon Drury line drive to end the sixth inning. Wiemer had robbed Chad Wallach of an extra-base hit that would have driven in two runs on Friday night.

    The Angels hit 16 balls at 95 mph or harder and got only four hits out of them.

    “We hit some balls hard,” Trout said. “They just made some plays.”

    Finally, Trout hit some balls where the Brewers couldn’t catch them. His homers in the eighth and ninth cut into the deficit and got the Brewers to bring in closer Devin Williams, who is now likely to be unavailable on Sunday after pitching on Friday and Saturday.

    “I know it looks like it got away from us there for a minute but we were in that game, really until the fifth,” Nevin said. “I love the fight. I love the way they’re going about it and getting back in the game, and got the closer in the game.”

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