David Fletcher doubled to start off the game. A nice bunt by Tommy La Stella put Fletcher at third with one out. Mike Trout chopped one to third and the contact play worked thanks to a bad throw by Matt Chapman. Anthony Rendon reached on an error and Shohei Ohtani walked to load the bases with one out whereupon, Brian Goodwin promptly lined into a double play to end the inning. OK. That was disappointing, but at least the Angels got the lead.
Griffin Canning started off his game with a four pitch walk to Marcus Semien. Uh oh! He settled down, though, and got through the first inning unscathed. He even struck out Matt Olson. I love it when a plan comes together.
Jo Adell doubled to start off the second inning and the Angels were in business once again. Jason Castro struck out but Luis Rengifo came through with an infield single to advance Adell to third. Matt Chapman flubbed an obvious double play ball from Fletcher and Adell scored. The Angels scored two more on a Mike Trout double and they were up by four runs. Is that even allowed?
Gifted with four runs, Griffin Canning walked another batter who ended up scoring on a double by Tony Kemp. He got out of the second inning without further damage.
There was a bit of a hiatus with neither pitcher giving up a run until Matt Chapman hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and Matt Olson doubled in a run in the fifth to end Canning’s day. At least he left with a lead which Matt Andriese held on to by the skin of his teeth through the seventh inning.
Ty Buttrey came in for the eighth inning and almost gave up extra bases to Matt Olson were it not for a great diving catch by Mike Trout. Buttrey converted a six out save for the win!
So Adell gets two hits, including the first extra base hit of his career. One or two more game like that and he’ll have better stats than Albert.
There is no way they are going to tank down to Kumar Land. If they go 20-10 from this point on they will be at .500 with two games left in the season, maybe fighting for something over that last weekend and playing the Dodgers who will have already clinched.
Can’t even tank properly…SMDH
No, this is good. We don’t want to be 8-52 or, now, 9-51. That would be tooooooo demoralizing. A nice 20-40 or maybe 19-41 should work while giving us these once or twice a week thrills.
That should be good for the 4th or 5th pick
ok, looked up how everyone’s doing. 20-40 would, at this rate, get us the 3rd pick, 19-41 would get us the 2nd pick. We’re gonna have to work to get “past” Pittsburgh for #1. It might take 15-45 to do it.
They can do it !!!
I’ll take it! We won’t win many so a day like today is appreciated.
I’m not giving up on the season just yet!
OK we have a dilemma here, to really tank we have to rank, and if we win, to lose is a sin. l am leaning for a draft choice and an aggressive GM to right the ship in just 2 seasons.
Listened to a bunch of this running errands today. Thanks be to Oakland for really crappy defense today. Thanks to Buttrey for holding on and keeping those A’s down. Heard on the SiriusXM feed, Oakland’s announcers were briefly discussing Upton, sounded amazed about his struggles.
Melvin Upton is the one who’s supposed to suck.
Today the fat lady is singing for Oakland
The Angels won? I need to recheck the math.
go girl!! “Hidden Figures” movie BTW RIP Kat Johnson who lived to be 101.
Celebrate the win!
Every 11 game win streak starts with 1 win 😁
I was stunned they won this game: 4 early with lots of help from usually stellar A’s D. Canning couldn’t make it through 5. A’s chipped away, and I thought one of the Angels’ relievers would blow and give up 4 or 5 in one inning. Goodwin should avoid Upton, but it may be too late: he’s caught the K-flu. Ohtani still looks pretty lost. The rule for the last 3 weeks has been: after 1-4 (Fletch/Stella/Fatty/Rendon), we’re getting almost nothing from the next 5 guys at the plate.
I watched the A’s broadcast. Their announcers are swooning over the skills of Fletch. To the point where they see him as rightfully and A’s player, but, like something went wrong and he ended up on the wrong team.
Buttrey and Peña stabilizing as the lone reliables in the pen. It’s, well, something.
A win? EHHHHHHHHHHH?