A’s 8, Angels 4
It was never going to end well.
Arguably the weakest starter in the Angels rotation (although the argument can be made for almost every one at the moment), José Quintana, simply didn’t have it today. The A’s were sitting on each one of his pitches when they made contact, and it was pretty fortunate that Quintana got through the first two innings unscathed.
All that red…and the high expected batting average, even on outs…not good.
The hard contact eventually caught up with Quintana.
Jeff Joiner remarked that all the postgame had to be was: “Quintana started. Y’all know what happened” and call it a night. But his line ended up being okay. After five innings, the A’s had scored only one run.
Although José Iglesias tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, the game didn’t really feel safe.
Mike Mayers came in and tried to put out fires, which he was not able to do.
However, the Angels soon had the lead again. Jared Walsh homered and Juan Lagares tripled in two.
Interestingly enough, Joe Maddon left Mike Mayers out there in the seventh inning. After an error, a strikeout, and a single in which an Oakland player was thrown out at the plate, Matt Olson was up at the plate. Olson has pretty normal splits for a left-handed hitter throughout his career, so I thought that Maddon would bring in Tony Watson to face him. He stuck with Mayers. Olson walked, and Chad Pinder proceeded to homer in three.
Laureano Trout’d us. Not much more needs to be said. Please ignore the next clip for your own sanity.
Make no mistake, this was a game in which Oakland greatly outclassed the Angels. It still would have been nice to win it, however.
Finally, I posted this on the Gamethread. I believe it applies today, and it will probably apply on many nights in the future.
Recall that Community Conduct states: “PESSIMISTIC? Bitch once, then offer a solution. Don’t bitch twice, it’s alright.”
I’m pretty sure we’re all aware the team isn’t where we want it to be right now. To repeat the same comments night in and night out gets frustrating. It seems frustrating to you, and it’s frustrating to people like me, who are reading them.
So please, if you are going to complain about the team, I implore you to offer specific solutions, or else we go in circles, and this place becomes a cesspool.”
Frankly, generic comments about the quality of the current team and pointed remarks at specific individuals in the Angels organization have become repetitive. No new ground is being broken. Let’s try to figure out solutions, whether they be tearing the whole thing down, trading for pitching, or something else.
(Title image from Bally Sports West)