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OC Register: Angels’ relievers take a beating against Toronto Blue Jays


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ANAHEIM ― Twice in their weekend series at Angel Stadium, the Toronto Blue Jays showed a penchant for late-inning rallies. Twice, they made the Angels’ bullpen look like a vulnerability, scoring a total of 10 runs against relief pitchers between their wins on Friday and Sunday.

Only time will tell whether the Blue Jays’ lineup is simply that good.

If nothing else, the Angels’ bullpen is short on relievers who can be optioned to the minor leagues. Only right-handers Andrew Wantz and Jimmy Herget ― who was second on the team with 69 innings pitched out of the bullpen last year ― can be sent to the minor leagues without being exposed to waivers first.

So it was that manager Phil Nevin let starter Reid Detmers face the dangerous top of the Jays’ batting order for a third time to begin the sixth inning. Five batters and no outs later, a 6-0 lead was down to 6-4, with Detmers finally headed for the dugout. Wantz surrendered two runs before the sixth inning was over. The Blue Jays’ comeback was complete.

Detmers had allowed only two singles and a walk through the first five innings of the game, giving Nevin confidence in the 23-year-old left-hander to face George Springer, Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Matt Chapman a third time in the game.

“I understand going to the top of the order again, but if I (pull the starting pitcher) every time in the regular season we’re going to kill the bullpen,” Nevin said. “We’re not going to have a bullpen by June and we’re not going to do that. I trust these (starters) to get outs. They’re going to have to get guys three times through the order sometimes, and today was one of the times we needed to do that ― especially the way (Detmers) was throwing it.”

Nevin conceded that he was short on available relievers; he ended up using five Sunday and warming up a sixth (Matt Moore) in case the game went to 11 innings. The Angels lost, 12-11, in 10 innings.

“I know Bichette had hit a couple balls hard, but Springer had struck out twice,” Nevin said. “Guerrero, (Detmers) got in on him twice for two weak pop-ups. Chapman’s hit the ball hard, right, so we’re looking to get an out or two there, hopefully another one, and get (Detmers) through the bottom of the order and we’re looking at seven innings right there.”

Relative to his peers, Nevin hasn’t been especially aggressive about pushing his starting pitchers deep into games. Through Saturday, eight teams’ starters had more plate appearances facing a batter for the third time in the game.

The Angels have several relievers at Triple-A Salt Lake with major league experience, but only Justin Garza, Chase Silseth and Zack Weiss have major league experience.

RODRIGUEZ UPDATE

Chris Rodriguez had a “little setback” in his recovery from shoulder surgery, Nevin said. The right-hander is still able to throw, but went from facing live hitters to pitching bullpen sessions only.

“We’re finding out with this surgery, this injury, it’s a little slower of a process than we anticipated,” Nevin said. “He feels pretty good, it’s just not quite there to where ‘OK, I can pitch in a game.’ The encouraging part is he’s still throwing. It’s just when he gets ramped up to that top level, it becomes a little more difficult.”

ALSO

Jo Adell hit two home runs at Triple-A Salt Lake, establishing a new franchise record with homers in six consecutive games. Adell’s seven home runs to begin the season lead all of minor league baseball. … Nevin had nothing new to report on catcher Max Stassi, who is away from the team dealing with an undisclosed family matter and working out on his own. … Shohei Ohtani has reached base in 32 consecutive games dating to last season, the longest of his MLB career and the ninth-longest in Angels history.

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Angels (LHP Jose Suarez, 0-1, 12.46 ERA) vs. Washington Nationals (LHP Patrick Corbin, 0-2, 8.00 ERA), Monday, 6:30 p.m., Bally Sports West, 830-AM

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