The Angels beat the A’s, win second game in a row over the Green and Gold; Halos starter Richards pitches five shutout innings in 5-0 win

April 5, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND– The visiting Los Angeles Angels beat the A’s 5-0 Wednesday night at the Coliseum. A’s starter, Jharel Cotton, did not have his best stuff as he was tagged for five runs and gave up eight hits. The Angels’ Garrett Richards, who was making his first start since May 1st, 2016, was pitching well until he left the game with an injury in the fifth inning. Richards allowed just one hit in 4 and 2/3rds innings of work. He was diagnosed with cramping in his right biceps and the Angels took him out of the game as a cautionary move.

The Angels did not hit A’s starter very hard in the second inning. However, they put together a single, walk, double, single, and another double to give them a 3-0 lead. With one out C.J.Cron singled. Cotton walked Cameron Maybin to put men on at second and first.  Angels’ shortstop Andrelton Simmons blooped a double down the right field line to drive in Cron. Danny Espinosa, who hit a 3-run dinger last night to beat the A’s Tuesday night, also hit a blooper to drive in two. Espinosa was out caught stealing, and that ended the Angel threat.

The Angels tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, Cotton walked Yunel Escobar. Singles by Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols sent Cotton to the showers. The Angels led 5-0 and neither team scored after the fifth inning. Angels win 5-0.

Game notes and stats. The Angels line score was five runs on thirteen hits and no errors. The A’s managed just six hits against the four Angel pitchers. The win went to J.C.Ramirez and Jharel Cotton absorbed the loss.

The A’s announced that reliever John Axford had discomfort in his shoulder while throwing in the bullpen. They placed Axford on the 10-day DL retroactive to April 2nd and he should be able to return within a week. The A’s recalled Jesse Hahn from Nashville.

The A’s and Angels conclude the four-game set Thursday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum at 12:35 pm. Righty Andrew Triggs will make his first start of the season for the A’s and the Angels will send lefty Tyler Skaggs to the hill.

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