A’s 4 Angels 2
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” -Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
The Angels started this season 24-13, turning heads, shutting up naysayers, kicking ish, and taking names. They have now dropped four straight, swept by the Rangers and now a loss to the gutted, lowly A’s at home. Perhaps a middling team is what should have been expected all along. Perhaps this is a blip on an otherwise solid season. But the squad’s blemishes have been overshadowed by one strong performance after another up to this point, which makes this even tougher to swallow.
On the bump, the rookie Chase Silseth put together a nice performance, keeping hitters off balance with a whopping 23 swinging strikes and six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings, but his shaky third time through the order couldn’t be overcome (a 2-run HR to Seth Brown proved to be the difference). The Halos bats went cold, mustering just 6 hits and striking out 13 times, and the A’s
pulled inched away.
At one point, four Angels struck out looking in a row (Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, and Jared Walsh), the dark side of plate discipline, huh? In any case, a two-run shot to Seth Brown in the 5th inning turned out to be the difference in the game.
Oh, and then Taylor Ward made a nice catch at the right-center field wall! And also injured his shoulder, so not great. Please be okay, Taylor.
Nothing much else to say. Turn the page and go get ’em tomorrow, chiefs.