Alex Cobb was back on the mound vs the A’s and pitched another solid game. 7 innings, 3 hits, no runs, not pulled by Joe even as a pitcher warmed up. It was a relief that he didn’t need any relief. With good pitching, great defense, and 4 runs, it was enough for the Angels to win.
The Angels got nothing in the first. That was fine as Cobb had himself a 1-2-3 first as well.
In the second, the Angels got a Walsh double, but bad luck stranded him at 3B. Cobb allowed a 2 out single, but that was it. Still scoreless after 2.
Bemboom almost had a leadoff double, but was robbed by the A’s defense. It was all the excitement the offense could muster. Cobb allowed a leadoff walk, but got a GIDP to make up for that. A strikeout and he made it through the 3rd.
Rendon got a 1 out double and made it to 3rd on a wild pitch, but he was stranded there. Anthony had another great play in the bottom half, making an outstanding running catch and throwing it for a double play in the large Oakland foul grounds.
5th inning BLITZ
In the 5th, a leadoff walk by Rojas gave hope. A wild pitch moved him to 2nd. With 1 out, Bemboom singled him to 3rd, 2 on, 1 out. Fletcher bunted, and Rojas was to be out at home, but the ball got away and he scored! 1-0 Angels.
After a flyout and a wild pitch, it was 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs with Ohtani at the plate. He singled in both runners, 3-0 Angels. Then, Shohei stole 2nd and Rendon singled him in, it was now 4-0 Angels.
With a 4 run lead, Cobb went out there in the 5th after a long time resting. A leadoff walk was concerning, as was the infield single. But, a GIDP and a strikeout kept the A’s at bay, still 4-0 Angels after 5.
The Angels couldn’t add on in the 6th, although Wong got his first career double. Meanwhile Cobb stayed in for the 6th and got the A’s down in order. Still 4-0 Angels.
Fletcher led off the 7th with a single. Ohtani had one as well, but they didn’t score as Rendon did a Pujols. Alex Cobb actually stuck out there in the 7th, to everyone’s surprise. A quick inning kept the bullpen at bay, 4-0 Angels.
Ward was the new defensive RF and walked and stole 2nd. But he was stranded there. Tony Watson came in for the 8th inning with a 4-0 lead. He would send the A’s down in order.
Top of the 9th came and Fletcher got himself a 1 out single. Then he stole second. But that was it. Closer Iglesias came in with a 4-0 lead, a non save situation. He got a first pitch out for out 1. Then a strikeout for out 2. A groundout for out 3. Angels shutout the A’s!
The Angels are now 23-29 on the season and face the A’s tomorrow as well. With a chance to tie the series, it is a big deal. It will be Q on the mound, so please, drink responsibly.