Heim stars with 5 RBIs against Ohtani in Rangers 10-5 win – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Jonah Heim stepped back from the box and took a deep breath after swinging and missing Shohei Ohtani’s first two pitches.

The batting catcher, ninth at bat for the Texas Rangers with the bases loaded, did not miss the next pitch.

Heim hit a grand slam when the reigning AL MVP left a splitter in the area, and the Rangers earned a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Heim then added an RBI before Ohtani was out of the game.

“He’s just not scared in those times,” manager Chris Woodward said of Heim.

“I was a little over-excited on my first two swings trying to do a little too much,” Heim said. “His business was good. Luckily he just left me some, and I put a good swing on it.

Corey Seager smashed his first home run for the Rangers just after Ohtani was taken off the mound, although the Angels starter was able to stay on as the designated hitter and hit a double in the ninth inning.

Ohtani (0-2) struck out five batters in 3 2/3 innings, but allowed six runs on six hits and threw just 70 pitches.

“I thought I did some good splitters…obviously the one I gave up on the grand slam just hung up there,” Ohtani said through his interpreter.

“His command wasn’t as sharp. He left with good velocity. Then it went down a bit, but an 0-2 Grand Slam from a No. 9 hitter on one of his best pitches is really unusual,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He was not on top of this game. It will happen.

Heim’s first career slam put Texas up 4-2 in the second set, which started with back-to-back singles from Nathaniel Lowe and Adolis Garcia. It was the first grand slam allowed by Ohtani in his 37 major league starts, and the first MLB homer the right-hander gave up on a splitter.

Seager, who signed a 10-year, $325 million contract with the Rangers in December, hosted reliever Brian Moran with a two-point shot for a 7-2 lead. Seager added an RBI single an inning later.

The Angels were leading 2-0 before Ohtani threw out his first pitch of the game. Mike Trout’s second homer of the season was a massive 472-foot solo shot to center immediately before Brandon Marsh had an RBI single against starter Dane Dunning.

John King (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief from Dunning, before Brock Burke struck out five in two innings.

“We started off so well,” Maddon said. “I mean, it was really fun watching the start of the game and then with him throwing, you feel pretty good. And it just slipped away.

GOING DEEP

Trout’s homer was the longest hit in majors so far this season and tied the longest hit ever at Globe Life Field, the stadium with a retractable roof stadium in its third season . The roof was open. … The Angels were down 10-2 before Max Stassi hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

5-4-3-2

Dunning struck out seven on strikes in 3 2/3 innings and benefited from an unusual late-inning 5-4-3-2 double play with Trout at bat in the second with runners in first and second. Third baseman Brad Miller lined the ground and threw to second for a forced out before Trout batted the throw to first. But Tyler Wade tried to score from second base and was ejected at the plate by first baseman Lowe in Heim.

DINGERS SEAGER

Seager’s first home run in a Rangers uniform was his ninth at Globe Life Field. During the 2020 season, the shortstop hit eight homers in 19 games there — three in the regular season and 16 in the neutral-site playoffs when the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. Seager was the World Series and NL Championship Series MVP.

TRAINER’S ROOM:

Angels: SS David Fletcher (tense left hip) did not make the trip to Texas after being placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday. Instead, he stayed in Anaheim, where he can work full-time with a physical therapist. … DE Taylor Ward (left groin strain) took a few live throwing shots. It should have a full day of game-like activities on Friday and could be activated from IL as early as Saturday if all goes well.

Rangers: RHP Dennis Santana has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list after arriving at the stadium with symptoms. He will need to miss a minimum of five days and have no symptoms for at least the last two days. … RHP Garrett Richards was activated from the 10-day IL after missing the start of the season with a blister in his right middle finger and pitched the eighth. … RHP Spencer Howard, who had been the scheduled starter on Friday, was put on the 10-day IL due to a cracked fingernail that caused a blister.

NEXT

The Angels’ top prospect, left-hander Reid Detmers, is making his second start this season, and the Rangers will go with Matt Bush out of the bullpen for Game 2 of the four-game series.

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