Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani destroyed the Detroit Tigers once more.
But in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s series finale at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, Kerry Carpenter and Ryan Kreidler struck out the Los Angeles Angels in a similar manner before it was too late.
They pounded left-handed pitcher Jose Quijada’s fastballs for solo home runs.
The winning run was produced by Kreidler’s first MLB home run.
To end a four-game losing streak and a Southern California sweep, the Tigers won 5-4. Gregory Soto, a left-handed closer, earned his 25th save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning that included strikes against Trout and Ohtani.
In Anaheim, manager AJ Hinch told reporters, “It’s a good character win for us. “Another game that required us to claw our way back in”
In the three-game set, the Halos hit nine home runs, while the Tigers (52-85) only managed four, all on Wednesday. Eric Haase and Spencer Torkelson both hit home runs.
With two singles, two doubles, and a home run, Haase had a 5-for-5 performance.
Hinch remarked, “I’ve been around a lot of terrific hitters who haven’t had (a five-hit game).