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OC Register: Jo Adell sparks Angels to victory in his return to big leagues

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ARLINGTON, Texas — In his 2021 debut, Jo Adell gave reason to believe that he has put the struggles of 2020 behind him.

Adell had three hits, including a two-run double that gave the Angels a lead they would not relinquish in their 11-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Adell filled up the box score, adding an RBI single and a walk. He also stole a base and made a nice slide that helped to get the Angels an extra run.

While Adell was the headliner, the Angels also got a solid bounce-back start from left-hander Jose Suarez, a three-hit game from Phil Gosselin, two hits from Shohei Ohtani and a two-run homer from Jack Mayfield.

It added up to the Angels’ first double-digit scoring night since June 30, which was a welcome development for a team whose offense had been its biggest problem lately.

Adell provided the spark, an encouraging sign that the swing changes he made this season will make a difference.

Last year Adell hit .161 with a .478 OPS, which was so disappointing the Angels gave him more than half a season at Triple-A this year. Although he hit 23 home runs at Salt Lake, there were enough other holes in the game – offensively and defensively – that he didn’t get the call until Monday.

His first plate appearance of the season was encouraging. Adell fell behind 1-and-2, then took some tough breaking pitches to draw a walk.

This year at Triple-A, Adell had struck out 99 times and walked just 22 times, an indication that plate discipline still could hold him back.

Adell came to the plate in the third with two runners on and the score tied, thanks to Gosselin beating out a two-out infield hit to push home a run and extend the inning.

Adell got an 0-and-1 curveball over the outer half and he yanked it into left field for a two-run double.

He grounded out in the sixth, but then lined a bases-loaded single in the seventh as part of a four-run inning. Adell then went hard into shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who made a wild throw that allowed the Angels to score another run.

In the ninth, Adell yanked his second double of the night down the left field line, for the first three-hit game of his young career.

Besides the performance of the 21-year-old Adell, the Angels also were encouraged by the 23-year-old Suarez, who rebounded after allowing eight runs in his previous start.

Suarez had allowed just one run through five innings before allowing a two-run homer – with a five-run lead – in the sixth. He finished with 5-2/3 innings, equaling his career high.

Suarez struck out six and walked one, throwing 88 pitches.

More to come on this story.

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If that is the new and improved version of Adell then I like it! The first at-bat walk he took was impressive and showed real development in his pitch recognition. If he keeps this up then we've got a real player on our hands, and still, he is only 21.

The season has become fun again since they started playing the up and comers, sure the results won't always be there as that's the nature of youngsters learning the game in the big leagues but it's fun to see them develop into hopefully future mainstays of the team. 

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