A’s 5, Angels 3
Before the Angels even took the field Friday evening, there was a welcome result for their fans: Pittsburgh had won, just their fifth win on the young year. With Seattle and Boston both leading (and eventually holding on to win), the path was clear: a loss against Mike Fiers and the Oakland A’s would the Angels second in the worst record column, only a half game “behind” Pittsburgh.
(Disclaimer: we still don’t know how the 2021 draft order will be determined, because Rob Manfred has the power to unilaterally decide how it will go. But we should find out soon for fairness, right Rob? Right?
In any case, the tank got off to a great start, as Marcus Semien homered on the second pitch from Andrew Heaney.
Later that inning, Stephen Piscotty doubled in two, and it seemed like the game was already out of reach. Heaney would eventually labor his way through 4.2 mediocre innings of five-run ball, throwing 97 pitches, allowing six hits and striking out six. The latter two runs, allowed in the fifth, proved a knockout blow (Mike Mayers did the honors by allowing one of Heaney’s runners to score).
Meanwhile, the Angels offense was doing their usual unclutch heroics. Despite loading the bases in the fourth inning, Andrelton Simmons (who acquitted himself quite finely with two hits in his return) flied out, and the Angels side of things remained scoreless.
In the fifth, this happened:
Every pitch is the ideal pitch for David Fletcher. pic.twitter.com/OEdImlASl6— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 22, 2020
I don’t even know how this happened. It’s indescribable, and it’s beautiful. It’s David Fletcher in a nutshell.
Anyway, he came around to score on an Anthony Rendon single, but that was all the Angels got in the fifth. Rendon had himself a four-hit game.
Mike Trout would later single in two runs on an infield nubber that Matt Olson flubbed, but that would be all the offense for the game. Trout had another opportunity in the eighth inning, but Joakim Soria froze him:
If you’re into that kind of thing, enjoy the tank! If you’re not, well…there’s always next year. 😅