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Jo Adell homers in season debut as Angels sweep Cubs

Field Level Media
09 Jun 2023, 14:55 GMT+10

Jo Adell homered in his first game of the season and Reid Detmers pitched 5 2/3 strong innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night in Anaheim, Calif., completing a three-game sweep.

It was Adell's first home run of the season and Detmers' first victory of the season. The last homer for Adell and the last victory for Detmers both came last Sept. 30 against Texas.

Until Wednesday, Adell was at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he hit 18 home runs for the Bees. He replaced Hunter Renfroe (paternity leave) on the Angels' roster.

After taking a strike on the first pitch he saw from Cubs starter Drew Smyly (5-4), Adell unloaded on the next pitch, hitting it 451 feet into the left-field seats. With an exit velocity of 117.2 mph, it was the hardest hit ball by an Angels player this season.

Detmers (1-5) won his final start last year, but was winless in 10 games this season. He left the game with two on and two out in the sixth inning, the Angels clinging to a 2-1 lead.

Reliever Chris Devenski entered and retired Miguel Amaya on a grounder to third to end the inning and keep Detmers in line for the victory. Devenski retired the side in order in the seventh and Jose Soriano followed suit in the eighth, handing the ball to Carlos Estevez for the ninth. He also pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances.

Detmers gave up one run on five hits and two walks, striking out eight.

The Cubs took the lead against Detmers in the second inning. With two out, Amaya singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Trey Mancini.

The Angels responded in the bottom of the inning against Smyly, when Adell led off with his home run to tie the game at 1-1. The Angels added a second run in the inning when Luis Rengifo singled, went to third on a single by Chad Wallach and scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Ward.

The game remained 2-1 until the sixth inning when the Angels scored an unearned run. With two out, Zach Neto singled and Ward walked. With Shohei Ohtani at the plate, the baserunners attempted a double steal, with catcher Yan Gomes opting to try to get Ward at second.

But his throw was in the dirt, and shortstop Dansby Swanson was unable to scoop it. The ball bounced away for an error on Gomes, allowing Neto to score from third and give the Angels a 3-1 lead.

--Field Level Media

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