Angels lose another game and pitcher Felix Pena

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros In the second inning of a scoreless game, José Ramírez hit a bouncer to first baseman Albert Pujols and Peña was covering the bag. He reached up to grab Pujols’ underhand flip, which was a little high. Although Peña seemed to land awkwardly on his left ankle, he then grabbed his right knee.Peña grimaced in pain and then lay on the field for a few minutes as athletic trainer Adam Nevala worked on him. Nevala and Pujols carried Peña off the field, each with an arm on his back and under a knee.Peña had been the only pitcher who had remained a part of the Angels rotation throughout the entire season. He pitched the final seven innings of the Angels’ combined no-hitter on July 12.“He’s pitched pretty well for us,” Ausmus said. “We’re taking some hits in the starting rotation. We gotta find another way.”Trevor Cahill replaced Peña on the mound and held the Indians hitless until the fifth inning, when it all fell apart quickly.Cahill gave up a one-out double to Franmil Reyes and then a two-run homer to Jason Kipnis. He hit Kevin Plawecki with a pitch and then was removed in favor of Justin Anderson.Anderson gave up a single to Tyler Naquin and then a three-run homer to Francisco Lindor, putting the Angels in a 5-0 hole.The Angels managed only two runs, both driven in by Justin Upton. He had a sacrifice fly in the sixth and a broken-bat RBI single in the eighth.“I think we’re just kind of cool as a team offensively,” Ausmus said. “If we were swinging the bats better, it wouldn’t really matter as much who they were throwing at us. We’d probably be getting our hits and scoring more runs. We’re in kind of a lull offensively and have been for a little while.” PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani warms up before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Trevor Cahill, right, turns away as Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis, back left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena is carried off the field by teammate Albert Pujols and an unidentified trainer during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCleveland Indians’ Kevin Plawecki (27) greets Francisco Lindor after Lindor’s three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Justin Anderson as Angels catcher Kevan Smith, right, looks away during a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor, right, celebrates after hitting a three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Justin Anderson as Angels catcher Kevan Smith, left, watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout reacts after striking out against the Cleveland Indians during the second inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Trevor Cahill delivers to Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis during the second inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Cahill replaced starter Felix Pena after an injury. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena, center, is tended to by trainers after an injury while covering first base during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Adam Plutko delivers to Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena delivers to Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Adam Plutko delivers to Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a groundout off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Adam Plutko during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes a warmup swing before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches batting practice before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani warms up before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani warms up before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani warms up before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Trevor Cahill, right, turns away as Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis, back left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Trevor Cahill, right, turns away as Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis, back left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)ExpandCLEVELAND — Brad Ausmus sat in the dugout before the Angels’ game on Saturday night and talked about how they simply had to move beyond what had been a miserable week.Then it got a little worse.Félix Peña suffered a right knee sprain and had to be carried off the field in the second inning of the Angels’ 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians, their seventh loss in nine games.While the Angels awaited the results two MRI exams — Andrelton Simmons also was undergoing tests after hurting his foot during pregame work in the cage — the Angels’ manager was particularly concerned about Peña. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone A couple hours after Ausmus uttered those words, Simmons was scratched from the lineup.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’m not overly optimistic based on his reaction,” Ausmus said after watching Peña writhe in pain on the field.While it seems likely that Peña will miss some time, the Angels are about to have prospect Patrick Sandoval make his big league debut on Monday. Andrew Heaney, who is out with a shoulder problem, also could be back as soon as next weekend.Before the Angels even took the field, Ausmus held a five-minute team meeting. Although Ausmus wouldn’t divulge the reason for the meeting or its substance, it follows a stretch in which they had lost six of their previous eight games.Asked in general for his thoughts on the team’s recent play, Ausmus said he’s satisfied with the effort, although not the results.“I think our players are very focused and they have been from Day 1,” he said. “They go about their business the right way. I have absolutely zero issue with the effort level or the caring. We just had a (bad) week. We gotta put the (bad) week behind us.”last_img

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