José Quintana struggles, Anthony Rendon injured in Angels’ loss

ANAHEIM — For a solid 30 minutes on Monday night, José Quintana provided the Angels and their fans with more hope than at any other time in his first month with the team.

Then it was all gone.

And a couple hours later, the night got even more worrisome for the Angels.

After retiring the first six hitters of the game, five with strikeouts, Quintana gave up four runs in the third inning on his way to an exit in the fourth inning of the Angels’ 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

In the eighth inning, Anthony Rendon fouled a ball off his knee and had to be helped off the field. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury.

The Angels just got Rendon back last week after he missed two weeks with a groin injury.

While they cross their fingers and wait for good news on him, they are dealing with another rough outing from Quintana. He was charged with five runs in 3-2/3 innings.

Signed to a one-year deal over the winter, Quintana has a 10.59 ERA, which is the highest ERA in Angels history for anyone with at least 15 innings in his first five games with the team.

Quintana has allowed 20 earned runs in 17 innings. That includes a start in which he gave up one run in five innings, so the other four have been abysmal.

After his previous outing, Manager Joe Maddon said he was puzzled by Quintana’s struggles because when they’d been together with the Chicago Cubs, Quintana was generally effective when his velocity was where it’s been with the Angels.

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That seemed to be prophetic on Monday night, as Quintana came out of the gate throwing 91-92 mph and slicing through the Tampa Bay lineup.

He struck out the side on 15 pitches in the first inning and struck out two of three hitters in the second. Quintana got the Rays to swing through seven pitches in the first two innings, on his way to 22 in his 55-pitch outing. His most in any previous outing was 15.

That encouraging number couldn’t overshadow what happened after the second inning, though.

In the third, Quintana gave up a leadoff single to Francisco Mejia and then a double to Wily Adames. After a strikeout, he walked Randy Arozarena to load the bases.

Mike Brosseau singled just off the glove of shortstop David Fletcher, to drive in two. An out later, Yandy Diaz dropped a broken-bat single into left to drive in another.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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