Recap: Angels @ A’s Game 102
Wrap: Los Angeles 8, Oakland 3. A’s 59-43 (1st Place, 3 games ahead)
The A’s again struggled against C.J. Wilson but when coupled with a terrible pitching performance out of Dan Straily there was no hope for victory and as such the A’s laid down and fell 8-3 to the visiting Halos. Nothing really worked for Oakland in this one and the Angels played well enough to win. While the A’s offensive woes of the “second half” continue Texas matched them with a loss giving the A’s some breathing room. That said, this is a team that needs to find their sticks and soon.
A’s didn’t have the A-team out there today and certainly got a B-level performance. Three runs on just six hits drawing three walks while striking out seven times. They hit a combined 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, a problem that apparently made the flight back from Houston with them, and stranded six. Offensively only Norris (2-for-4 with a home run and two driven in) and Young (2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts) stood out offensively. Not much to report, all around a disappointing effort. The A’s are making Wilson look good who in his past two appearances (both against Oakland) has now pitched to a 1.76 ERA, with five walks and 14 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings earning the victory in both. John Jaso was placed on the seven day disabled list prompting the A’s to recall Stephen Vogt who won PCL Player of the Week honors in his time back in Sacramento. Vogt got into this one late as a pinch-hitter and ended the game with a line out to center field.
Straily was awful. He lasted just four and a third innings during which the Angels unleashed seven hits, resulting in five earned runs while Straily struck out five against two walks wasting 84 pitches in the process. He was “relieved” by Chavez who after ending a tough fifth inning could not retire anyone in the sixth surrendering three runs on four straight singles (two of the runs coming in as inherited runners scoring off of Otero). Otero helped out the A’s with three innings of shutout ball (less the inherited runners he allowed to reach the plate), allowing one hit, walking noone and striking out one. The A’s of course did nothing to get back into the game and Neshek came to end this awful affair.
Straily did not put the A’s in a position to win. So while W-L records for pitchers may be absolute garbage this loss was fully earned by Straily. The Angels are a good lineup with good hitters and they showed that tonight aided by a poor effort from Straily.