The Angels looked to start another winning streak after the A’s broke their six game streak last night. The streaky Andrew Heaney was on the mound, fresh off his best start of the year.
The streaky, and streaking, Justin Upton kicked off the scoring in the third by knocking in the also hot Juan Lagares on a single.
Oakland took the lead in the bottom of the frame with a rally to jump up 2-1.
Juan Lagares scored again in the fifth inning. This time on a single by the resurgent David Fletcher. 2-2 after 5, this had the feel of so many nail biters between these clubs over the years.
The bottom of the sixth, however, saw the A’s punch in three runs to take a 5-2 lead. Heaney exited with two runners on and no outs. He didn’t pitch up in the zone as much as his last start which I think contributed to not being as effective as last week.
Cishek came in, walked the bases loaded and allowed all three base runners to score. Claudio was able to get the last two outs with no further damage.
The story of the night was A’s starter Frankie Montas who went seven strong innings, striking out 8 Angels and surrendering only the two runs. He did so on only 98 pitches.
Once Montas left, Ohtani took Luzardo deep. Real deep. 116 MPH off the bat. 5-3 Oakland.
Shut down innings aren’t really the Angels thing and Oakland got that run back in the bottom of the 8th when Sean Murphy hit a bomb off the just recalled Aaron Slegers. 6-3 Oakland.
Jared Walsh led off the ninth with an absolute shot to dead center field, cutting the deficit to 6-4 which ended up as the final score.