The Associated PressDENVER (AP) — Rene Rivera had a big hand in this win even if it was tender and sore after the game.
It’s not every day a catcher gets hit by two foul tips in the same inning and in the same spot.
Rivera shook off the pain in his right thumb and later hit a solo homer as he helped the Los Angeles Angels beat Colorado 8-0 on Wednesday to end the Rockies’ six-game winning streak.
“Nothing to worry about,” Rivera said after returning from the X-ray room. “I can’t remember [if that’s happened before]. Probably. We get hit a lot.”
Rivera took a foul tip off the bat of Trevor Story in the fourth. After a visit from the trainer, Rivera threw one of his practice tosses into left field. Chris Iannetta’s foul tip then hit Rivera in the same spot, with the ball rolling up his arm. Rivera held on to it in the crook of his arm to record the strikeout.
“I don’t know how I caught it,” Rivera said.
His hand throbbing in the seventh, Rivera drove a fastball from Chris Rusin over the fence in right-center for his second homer this season.
“There’s a huge knot on his hand,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I was expecting he was going to come out the game. He said, ‘Let me try it.’ He ended up playing a great game.”
Meanwhile, right-hander Shohei Ohtani drew quite a crowd for his bullpen session behind the fence in right center. Fans leaned over the railing to get a better look at his pitches.
Asked if he would have liked to see Ohtani pitch at Coors Field, Scioscia responded: “It would have been an advantage to have a pitcher like Shohei being able to hit. He would give you a lot of offensive advantage. But it didn’t work out.”
Ohtani, who didn’t start because there is no designated hitter in NL parks, came up as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and sharply singled.