Angels, Indians become children again for one night
Attending the MLB Little League Classic gives the Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians a moment in the limelight amid their respective mediocre seasons.
The Indians will look to complete a three-game series against the Angels on Sunday night at the game in Williamsport, Pa.
Following the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Angels and Indians will be renewing this tradition while continuing a set that started in Cleveland and is set against the backdrop of the ongoing Little League World Series.
“Everyone is really excited,” Angels wide receiver Max Stassi told MLB.com. “I just think of all the guys who grew up in the States on the team that played in Little League.
“My team, we’ve never made it to the Little League World Series so it’ll be cool to finally go.”
The Indians won the first two of that set at home, limiting the Angels to seven combined hits and outscoring them 14-2. Cleveland have won four straight wins against the Angels this season, and 12 of the last 13 total between the two clubs.
Cleveland’s Myles Straw and Amed Rosario have registered five hits each in the last two games. Rosario, meanwhile, is hitting 0.378 in an eight-game streak.
Cleveland scheduled pitcher Cal Quantrill (3-2, 3.24 ERA) continues to perform well as a starter, going 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA in his last eight appearances. The right-hander, however, allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings of a 10-innings loss to Minnesota on Monday.
Now he hopes to bounce back at home, where he is 1-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his last four starts.
“(Monday was) the worst I’ve felt for a few months now,” Quantrill told the official Indian website. “But, that’s part of the game. You’re not going to have your A-game every once in a while.
This will be Quantrill’s first start against the Angels, to whom he allowed a run and three hits in a one-inning relief outing in Anaheim on May 17.
Quantrill has never faced Shohei Ohtani of Los Angeles, who will undoubtedly be the star attraction at Williamsport on Sunday. However, Ohtani will be looking to bounce back after striking out three batting strikes in four batters in the Angels’ 5-1 loss on Saturday. He is also 1 for 8 in this series.
Los Angeles’ Jose Suarez (5-6, 3.88) will take the ball as he seeks to avoid a third straight loss. Although the southpaw has a 6.12 ERA while losing four of his last five starts, he’s only allowed a two-run homer in the first inning, three more hits and three walks – and has some. removed six – in five innings while going from end to end. -toe with Gerrit Cole in a 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday.
“You’ve seen pretty much what (Suarez) is going to look like for many years to come,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said of the exit.
Suarez’s only appearance against the Indians came in September 2019, when he allowed six runs in three innings of work in an 8-0 loss.
David Fletcher of Los Angeles has recorded success in 11 of his last 12 road contests.
–Field level media