Ricky Nolasco goes the Distance, Angels Sweep Reds

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Updated: August 31, 2016

The Angels looked to finish off the sweep, after the first two games of the series against the Cincinnati Reds. The third and final game of the series featured Ricky Nolasco for the Angels, against Brandon Finnegan for the Reds.

Through five innings of play, Finnegan and Nolasco both threw up zeroes on the scoreboard. For Finnegan, he scattered just three singles through his first five innings of work. The Reds would also have three hits off Nolasco and another reached on a fielding error by Kaleb Cowart.

In the sixth, the Reds would get their first runner in scoring position, as Ramon Cabrera doubled to start the inning and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Billy Hamilton. Nolasco would escape the jam as he retired Zack Cozart and Joey Votto to end the threat. The Angels would finally get on the board in the bottom of the sixth, as C.J Cron singled home Simmons for their first run of the game.

Next batter was Jeffry Marte, who doubled home Cron, as the Angels led 2-0 after sixth innings. In the eighth, Nick Buss would hit a one-out double off reliever, Rasiel Iglesias. Three batters later, C.J Cron would single to center, scoring Buss as the Angels extended their lead to 3-0. In the ninth, Ricky Nolasco attempted to complete a complete game shutout. He would retire the side on 12 pitches as the Angels defeated the Reds 3-0 to complete the sweep.

The winning pitcher was Ricky Nolasco, who pitched a complete game shutout for his first win as an Angel. He allowed just four hits, walked none and struck out seven batters. The loss was charged to Brandon Finnegan, who allowed two runs in seven innings of work, as he falls to 8-10 on the season.

UP NEXT:

The Angels are off on Thursday, before hitting the road again and will start a three game series at Safeco Field. The probable pitchers for game are Brett Oberholzer for the Angels, against Ariel Miranda for the Mariners.


 

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