Franmil Reyes spoils pitching duel as Luke Weaver, Diamondbacks fall to Padres

Luke Weaver stands on the mound after giving up a two-run home run to Franmil Reyes on Monday. (Photo: Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO – Franmil Reyes was not interested in a pitching duel at Petco Park.

After 5 2/3 innings of one-hit ball from Diamondbacks right-hander Luke Weaver, Padres third baseman Greg Garcia notched a two-out single and Reyes blasted a 422-foot home run to left-center field to give the Padres a 2-1 win on Monday in San Diego.

Weaver and Padres right-hander Chris Paddack combined to retire the first 12 batters of the game before Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed led off the third inning with a single. Ahmed reached base three times in the game, the only player from both teams to do so.

The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when center fielder Jarrod Dyson plated Ahmed with a fielder’s choice.

Things remained quiet until the sixth inning when the Padres mounted their two-out rally against Weaver, who had retired nine straight before Garcia’s single. Then Reyes unloaded on a first-pitch cutter for his 15th home run of the season.

In 17 career games against the Diamondbacks, Reyes has five home runs, his highest total against any team. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged Reyes’ volatility at the plate.

“It’s extension and he wants to catch it and backspin it,” Lovullo said of Reyes. “You can’t make mistakes to him. The league is still trying to identify some soft landing spots where we can limit the damage. But he’s a good player.

“He’s a good hitter, and when you make a mistake, that can happen.”

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Weaver was lamenting that mistake after the game, suggesting that he might have benefitted from stepping off the mound to think through the pitch selection. To that point, Weaver had been dominant with his four-seam fastball, an offering that produced weak contact from Padres hitters all night long.

“That one just hurts,” Weaver said of Reyes’ home run. “You work your butt off to get to that point in the game. … Hindsight is 20-20, but I just felt like in that pitch it wasn’t the right call and I kind of knew it before I threw it. It’s just a mental error in my mind. I should have stepped off to gather or think about it or just throw something else.”

Although he didn’t encounter much traffic on the base paths, Weaver said he never felt comfortable pitching …read more

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Shohei Ohtani, Andrelton Simmons injured as Angels fall to Twins

The Angels might be headed into a world of trouble.

In the eighth inning of a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, two middle-of-the-order hitters went down.

Shohei Ohtani was hit in the right hand by a Taylor Rogers fastball as he swung and struck out on the pitch. He crouched down beside home plate before being tended to by Angels trainer Adam Nevala.

Moments later, shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who entered the game tied for the best batting average on the team, went rolling down the first base line after he tried to beat out a ground ball. He overextended his stride and his left foot landed just shy of the bag, causing the ankle to twist grotesquely.

Initial X-rays on both players were negative. Ohtani was hit on the ring finger of his right hand and will get checked on again Tuesday. Simmons’ injury is more dire, manager Brad Ausmus said. An MRI on Tuesday will determine the severity of his left ankle sprain.

“Obviously it’s tough, especially back to back,” Angels outfielder Mike Trout said. “We just got to hope for the best, hope it’s not too serious.”

Before health incidents piled up and Ty Buttrey, one of their most reliable relievers, gave up a two-run, go-ahead homer to Miguel Sano in the eighth inning, the Angels witnessed a performance that could make an upcoming roster decision tougher than expected.

Angels right-hander Felix Pena held one of the American League’s most prolific offenses to one run on four hits in five innings. It was his fifth outing entering a game in the second inning, and he continued to look like a pitcher deserving of an extended opportunity to prove himself. He struck out three and walked one, riding his slider to 10 swings and misses and two called strikes as he went.

But Pena’s position with the Angels might be in jeopardy. Now that left-hander Andrew Heaney is on the cusp of shaking the elbow inflammation that cost him the first quarter of the season, the Angels face a rotation quandary. They can send Griffin Canning, the 23-year-old who has 10 strikeouts per nine innings and is scheduled to make his fifth major league start Friday, back to the triple-A Salt Lake Bees. Alternatively, they can cut bait on veterans or they can shuffle some bullpen arms and move Pena into a relief role.

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Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani injured in Angels’ loss

ANAHEIM – Two of the Angels’ most important players got hurt during a nightmarish eighth inning on Monday night.

Within a span of a few minutes late in the Angels’ 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani were both hurt.

Simmons suffered an apparent left ankle injury when he stumbled at first base trying to beat out an infield hit. He rolled on the field in pain and had to be helped off by athletic trainer Adam Nevala.

Just moments before that, Ohtani had been hit in the right hand by a pitch that he swung at, for a third strike. Ohtani was attended for a few minutes. Because he was out, and his spot didn’t come up again in the order, it was unclear whether he could have continued.

Neither player suffered a fracture, the team said after the game, but Simmons has a sprained ankle and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

All of that occurred just a few minutes after Ty Buttrey gave up the first homer of his major league career, a two-run shot to Miguel Sano that snapped a 1-1 tie.

Buttrey came into the game without allowing a homer in his first 40 big league innings, dating to his debut last August. This season he’d been almost untouchable, allowing two runs in 23-2/3 innings, with 31 strikeouts and four walks.

The Angels handed him the ball just after Tommy La Stella had tied the score in the seventh with his third hit of the night.

All of that spoiled a night in which the Angels pitching plan had worked pretty well, starting with opener Taylor Cole.

Cole worked around two hits to pitch a scoreless inning, with the help of a slick double play started by second baseman La Stella. So far, the Angels’ openers have allowed one run in seven first innings.

Félix Peña then took over and did exactly what the Angels had hoped.

He gave up a run in the second inning – one that scored because Byron Buxton beat the back end of a potential double play by inches – and then nothing else.

Peña did not allow the Twins to get another runner into scoring position through his five innings. So far in Peña’s five games following an opener he has a 2.73 ERA. He has pitched at least five innings in four of the games, and he pitched 4-1/3 innings in the other.

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