The A’s open the 2017 season with a win over the LA Angels 4-2

April 3, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

byJerry Feitelberg

Oakland- What an opening night for the start of the 2017 season. The A’s beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 before a packed house of 36,067 fans. Kendall Graveman, who was the A’s best pitcher last year, gave the A’s a quality start as he went six innings, allowing two runs, and giving up just six hits. Ricky Nolasco started for the Angels and was tagged with the loss.

Stephen Vogt had the A’s first hit and home run of the season in the second inning. Vogt drove a Ricky Nolasco pitch into the right field seats to give the A’s a 1-0 lead after two innings of action. The lead didn’t last long as the Angels scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead. Graveman struck out the first two batters but then walked Kole Calhoun on a 3-2 pitch. Current reigning AL MVP and two-time winner Mike Trout sent a Graveman fastball over the 367-foot marker in left field to give the Angels the advantage in the middle of the third.

The A’s tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Jed Lowrie singled leading off the frame. He went to second on a swinging bunt off the bat of new third baseman Trevor Plouffe. First baseman Yonder Alonso singled to left center to drive in Lowrie with the tying run. The score is 2-2 after five.

The A’s regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, A’s slugger Khris Davis, who led the team with 42 dingers last year, unloaded a blast into the left field seats. There was no doubt about it when it left the bat. Oakland leads 3-2.

The A’s added another run in the eighth. Khris Davis hit his second solo homer of the night way back into the left field bleachers. Davis became the second Oakland A’s player to homer twice on Opening Night. Jason Giambi did it for Oakland way back in the year 2000.

The A’s bullpen did the job as they held the Angels scoreless the final three innings of the game. Ryan Dull struck out the side in the 7th, Sean Doolittle, and Ryan Madson stopped them in the eighth, and Santiago Casillas recorded his first save as an Oakland Athletic.

Game Notes- Stephen Vogt hit his first homer of the year in the second inning. He hit one on Opening Night on 4/6/15.  The A’s resume play Tuesday night against the Angels. Sean Manaea will make his first start of the season, and he will be opposed by the Angels Matt Shoemaker. Game time is at 7:05 pm.

 

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