Stat of the Day: Fletcher steps up

May 8th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Angels this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 7: Angels 9, Dodgers 2 -- Fletcher's big night
Looking to break a five-game losing streak, the Angels' offense stepped up with some help from David Fletcher. Fletcher went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in the win over the Dodgers. The three-hit, three-RBI performance was just the second of Fletcher's career. His last such game came against the Orioles on July 27, 2019.

May 6: Rays 8, Angels 3 -- Heaney opens with six strikes
Lefty starter Andrew Heaney had the strikeout pitch working as he set down 10 Rays batters in 6 2/3 innings and he did so out of the gate. The first six outs for Heaney came via the punchout, making him the fourth Angels pitcher to get the first six outs in a game on strikeouts. He is the first to do so since JC Ramirez on June 18, 2017, against the Royals. He joins Ervin Santana (July 3, 2007) and Bartolo Colon (July 27, 2004) as the only other pitchers to achieve this.

May 5: Rays 3, Angels 1 -- Rojas doubles up
Rookie and Anaheim native Jose Rojas had trouble hitting at Angel Stadium prior to Wednesday night's game. He had gone hitless at home this season before his two-hit night against the Rays, which included a double that put him in the club's history books. With the double, Rojas became the third player in franchise history to have six or more doubles through their first 19 career games. He joined Carney Lansford (7) and Howie Kendrick (6) as the only Halos to do so.

May 4: Rays 8, Angels 3 -- Undesirable error history made
The Angels committed four errors in their loss to the Rays, marking the first time they've had that many errors in a single game since Sept. 1, 2018, against the Astros.

May 3: Rays 7, Angels 3 -- Quintana's swing-and-miss stuff
Angels starting pitcher José Quintana generated 22 whiffs overall and 17 with his curveball, both season highs. The left-hander's nine strikeouts against Tampa Bay were also a season high.

May 2: Mariners 2, Angels 0 -- Shohei, Babe link again!
Two-way star Shohei Ohtani stole multiple bases for the first time in his career, giving him six on the season. The only players with at least eight homers, six stolen bases and three starts on the mound since 1900 are Babe Ruth (1918 and '19) and Ohtani (2018 and '21).

May 1: Angels 10, Mariners 5 -- Walsh's rare 1-2 punch
Angels slugger Jared Walsh homered in both the first and second innings against the Mariners, becoming just the fourth Angels player with at least two homers in the first two innings of a game. He joined Albert Pujols (Sept. 3, 2016), Leon Wagner (May 1, 1962) and Ted Kluszewski (April 11, 1961).