Plesac throws six solid innings in his Angels debut, and Neto homers in LA’s 5-3 win over Brewers

Plesac throws six solid innings in his Angels debut, and Neto homers in LA’s 5-3 win over Brewers

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Zach Plesac pitched six innings of four-hit in his Angels debut and his first Major League start in nearly 14 months, and Zach Neto hit a two-run homer in Los Angeles’ 5-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday evening.

Luis Guillorme had an RBI triple during the Angels’ three-run third, which was aided by two Brewers defensive misplays. Nolan Schanuel had two hits and drove in a run as the Angels held on for their fourth win in six games.

Plesac (1-0) was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier Monday to replace José Suarez on the Angels’ roster, and he was ordered to start about two hours before the first pitch when José Soriano was scratched by pain in the lower abdomen. Plesac’s plane didn’t land until mid-afternoon, but he quickly got into shape for his return to the big leagues.

“It was a big place,” Plesac said. “I had to stand up for these guys today and that was my goal. It was one of those things you don’t plan for, but you have to be ready for.”

Plesac signed with the Angels in January after parts of five seasons with Cleveland. He hadn’t pitched in the Majors since April 2023, but made 13 starts for Triple-A Salt Lake this year before his promotion.

Although he had just one strikeout while throwing a fastball that didn’t top 90 mph, Plesac threw effectively to make contact all night long against Milwaukee.

“He’s a starter and we were fortunate that (Tuesday) was his (scheduled) day (to start),” Angels manager Ron Washington said. “He went out and gave us six quality innings against a good team. It was six great innings.”

Los Angeles-area natives Jake Bauers and Brice Turang homered for the NL Central-leading Brewers in the opener of a seven-game trip to California.

Milwaukee got three runners in scoring position in the final three innings against three Angels relievers, but couldn’t score. Carlos Estévez pitched the ninth for his thirteenth save.

“It certainly wasn’t a great game for us,” Milwaukee manager Pat Murphy said. “We often had chances. We didn’t play a full ball game on any side of the ball. Defense, pitching, offense. We had chances again and couldn’t get through. That is disappointing.”

Carlos Rodriguez (0-2) yielded five runs on five hits while pitching in the fifth inning of his second career start for Milwaukee.

Bauers, an Orange County native who attended high school in Huntington Beach, hit his first home run since May 17 in the second inning on a fastball in the first pitch. That no doubt pleased his father Stu, who drove him to the baseball field.

“I grew up going to games in this stadium,” Bauers said. “I came to the playoff games during the playoff run when they won the World Series, so something about this place definitely feels different from all the others. …Dad took me and gave me a pep talk. He told me he likes it when I swing at fastballs on the first pitch.”

In the third, Jo Adell walked and scored when Guillorme’s drive to right got away from Sal Frelick. Schanuel then singled in Guillorme and eventually scored on Taylor Ward’s sacrifice fly.

Neto lined out for his 10th home run in the fourth, scoring Logan O’Hoppe.

Turang, who grew up 25 miles east of Anaheim in Corona, soloed in the fifth for his first home run since May 25.

Retired Brewers star Ryan Braun attended the game with his family. The six-time All-Star and 2011 NL MVP, who retired in 2021, is originally from Los Angeles.

Angels: Brandon Drury went 0 for 3 in his return after a 34-game absence with a hamstring injury. … Washington wasn’t sure when Soriano started feeling sick, and wasn’t sure when Soriano would pitch again. … Anthony Rendon increases his running progression. The $245 million third baseman has been out since April 20 with a hamstring strain.

Brewers: C William Contreras cleared the concussion protocol on Monday after being involved in a game-ending collision at the plate on Sunday, but he was left out of the starting lineup for only the second time in Milwaukee’s 72-game season.

Griffin Canning (2-7, 4.76 ERA) looks to end his three-start losing streak when he makes his first career appearance against the Brewers. Milwaukee counters with rookie Tobias Myers (3-2, 3.76), who has won back-to-back starts for the first time.