The A’s, behind a great effort by Andrew Triggs, defeat the Angels 5-1 and split the four-game series

April 6, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland-The Angels scored an unearned run in the top of the third inning. Yunel Escobar led off the inning with a single. A’s centerfielder, Rajai Davis didn’t field the ball cleanly, and Escobar advanced to second on the miscue. He went to third on a groundout and scored when Albert Pujols ground out. The A’s came back in their half of the frame to score four times. Adam Rosales started things going with a single. With one out, Marcus Semien singled to center. Rosales was able to score when Mike Trout let the ball get by him. Trout was charged with an error and Semien went to third on the miscue. Khris Davis flew out to right field to drive in Semien. Ryon Healy hit his second homer of the season about 12 rows deep into the left-field stands with a man aboard to put the A’s in the lead 4-1 after three innings of play.

The A’s plated their fifth run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Khris Davis led off the inning with a double to the left. With one out, A’s third baseman, Trevor Plouffe, singled to center to drive in Davis. For Plouffe, it was his the first RBI of the year and his first as a member of the A’s. After six innings of play, the A’s lead 5-1.

The A’s bullpen shut the Halos down the rest of the way. Liam Hendriks finished the sixth and pitched a perfect seventh inning. Santiago Casilla set the Angels down in order in the eighth, and Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the ninth to secure the win for Oakland.

Game Notes- The A’s outfielders committed two errors in a game since 9/23/2015 when Josh Reddick did it. Ryon Healy went 1- for-3 with a home run. He is hitting .354 against the Angels with four dingers and 11 RBIs in 13 games. Bob Melvin commented that Healy “plays with an edge and he is very confident and that he has power to all fields.” Melvin was pleased with the effort of starter Andrew Triggs. Triggs went 5 and 2/3rds innings and allowed just one run which was unearned. He gave up just four hits and picked up his first win of the season. Melvin said this about Triggs:”When he’s throwing the ball over the plate, he’s got so much movement on it. He’s throwing breaking balls for strikes. He’s a tough guy to get a swing on.”

13,292 fans were in the park and the time of game was two hours and forty-four minutes.

The A’s are on the road and will be in Arlington, Texas Friday night to face the Rangers. Raul Alcantara will handle the pitching chores for Oakland, and the Rangers will send former Athletic, A.J.Griffin to the mound. The game will start at 5:05 pm.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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