Angels bullpen lets game get away after Shohei Ohtani’s outing shortened by rain

first_imgOhtani said he had never pitched through a rain delay in Japan, where most of the ballparks have domes. He said that was a learning experience, as was warming up on a humid night. Ohtani said he was sweating so much that he figured he was ready.When he came out for the first inning throwing 91 mph, he realized he wasn’t.“I haven’t thrown a 91 mph fastball since high school, so I knew there was something wrong,” he said.Ohtani gave up a run in the first, but he bounced back and his velocity improved. He escaped a jam in the fifth, getting Jeimer Candelario to bounce back to the mound on a 101 mph fastball, the hardest pitch he’d thrown in the majors.Unfortunately for the Angels, it was also his last pitch of the night. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousRain clouds darken the Detroit skyline during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a second inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDetroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario steps over Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons as Simmons is out on a fielder’s choice hit into by Martin Maldonado during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout catches a fly ball for the out on Detroit Tigers’ Niko Goodrum during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Mike Fiers throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Detroit Tigers shortstop Dixon Machado (49) and center fielder Leonys Martin can’t come up with a fly ball by Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. Andrelton Simmons was forced out at third on the play, and Maldonado was safe at first. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels waits to throw a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels smiles at third base while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a third inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a second inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks towards the dugout during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates scoring a third inning run with teammates while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a third inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani tags Detroit Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario after Candelario grounded out to the pitcher during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani puts on his jacket during the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)A Canada goose lands near the pitching mound during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers slides under the tag of Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels to score in the fifth inning at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers slides past the tag of Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels to score in the fifth inning at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Tigers’ JaCoby Jones slides past the tag of Angels catcher Martin Maldonado to score during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game at Comerica Park in Detroit. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Dixon Machado #49 of the Detroit Tigers scores a sixth inning run past Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Rain clouds darken the Detroit skyline during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 22DETROIT, MI – MAY 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)ExpandDETROIT — Shohei Ohtani’s strong start was undone by two rain delays and two rough outings by Angels relievers.After a second rain delay ended Ohtani’s night, Cam Bedrosian and Jim Johnson gave up five runs in the sixth inning of what became a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers – and the Rally Goose – on Wednesday night.Bedrosian gave up a hit to the first batter he faced, followed by a walk and a hit batter to load the bases. After a strikeout, he gave up a two-run single to José Iglesias, ending his night and putting the Angels behind 3-1.“I just had a rough time getting a grip on the ball,” Bedrosian said, citing the humidity. “I couldn’t locate my pitches. No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to get a grip on the breaking balls.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“He pitched a great game,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s a shame we had those rain delays because he would have been able to keep going.”Ohtani had come back after the 23-minute delay, which began immediately after he recorded the final out of the fourth. The Angels were batting in the sixth when the rain returned for another 41-minute delay. It’s standard procedure to pull pitchers once rain delays get to that length, because of the risk of injury from cooling down and heating up again.“I felt like the rain delay gave me a good rest,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I felt like I could go back out there. The medical staff said no. I tried to fight my case a little bit but it didn’t work out, so I have to listen to them.”Related Articles Although Bedrosian had allowed only two earned runs in his previous 8-1/3 innings, this game was more in line with his struggles since coming off the disabled list last summer.While his troubles have been all too familiar, this outing was followed by something that was unique.A goose had parked itself in right field during the night’s second rain delay. After the grounds crew came to chase it away, the goose took off and flew directly into a scoreboard on the first-base side, plummeting to the lower deck about 10 rows behind the Angels’ dugout. Some fans and ballpark staff attended to the goose, and the Tigers soon announced that the bird was OK, safely set free outside the ballpark.The Rally Goose – as some Comerica Park fans had dubbed the bird – arrived just when the Tigers were about to get a boost from facing a pitcher other than Ohtani.Pitching his first game since May 20, after the Angels gave him a few extra days for “workload management,” Ohtani gave up one run in five innings, on three hits, with five strikeouts. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

LTA Denies Internet Disruption Claim

first_imgThe Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has denied reports that the country’s internet access has been disrupted by a large-scale hack attack.The LTA said there was “no data to substantiate” the claim but admitted that one telecommunications company serving half the nation’s mobile users did suffer attacks that repeatedly limited access.Security experts who monitor networks of hijacked devices used to carry out attacks, called botnets, noticed last week that Liberian net addresses were among targets being deluged with data.Media reports quoted network security firms outside the country and telecoms staff in Liberia who said internet access in the country was affected.The attacks were mounted using the massive Mirai botnet that in late October was used to cause the web-wide disruption that left Reddit, Spotify, Twitter and other popular sites hard to reach.Jarsea Burphy, a spokesperson for the Liberia Telecommunication Authority, said monitoring systems on the nation’s internet exchange point, where domestic traffic joins the global network, showed no evidence that the link had been overwhelmed.The monitoring systems showed “no downtime in the last three weeks,” she told the BBC.Ms Burphy said a single local operator, believed to be the Lonestar Cell mobile network, had been subjected to intermittent web attacks that had affected its ability to provide net access.Lonestar, which has a 50 percent market share, said in a release in Monrovia, that it had been hit by so-called Distributed Denial of Service attacks that sought to overwhelm its network.“We have continued to react and restore service to each incident as it happens,” it said. Liberia has been repeatedly cut off from the internet by hackers targeting its only link to the global network. Recurrent attacks up to November 3 flooded the cable link with data, making net access intermittent.Researchers said the attacks showed hackers trying different ways to use massive networks of hijacked machines to overwhelm high-value targets.Experts said Liberia was attacked by the same group that caused web-wide disruption on October 21.Those attacks were among the biggest ever seen and made it hard to reach big web firms such as Twitter, Spotify and Reddit.The attacks were the first to send overwhelming amounts of data from weakly protected devices, such as webcams and digital video recorders that had been enrolled into what is known as a botnet.A botnet variant called Mirai was identified by security firms as being the tool used to find and compromise the insecure devices. The source code for Mirai has been widely shared and many malicious hacker groups have used it to seek out vulnerable devices they can take over and use to mount what are known as Distributed Denial of Service attacks. “There’re multiple different botnets, each with a different owner,” security researcher Kevin Beaumont told the BBC. “Many are very low-skilled. Some are much better.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more