Oakland A’s Tuesday night game wrap: Halos Calhoun connects for RBI single in the 11th for gamer to beat A’s 2-1

April 26, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, center, celebrates his game-winning hit with teammates during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Angels won 2-1. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

By Jessica Kwong

ANAHEIM — Neither the Oakland Athletics nor the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scored a run through nine innings on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, then each hit homers right off the bat, but Kole Calhoun’s RBI single in the 11th brought down the A’s 2-1.

At the start of free baseball, the A’s Josh Phegley made a pinch-hit home run to right field, the first of his career and the first for his club since July 2012.

“First pitch, middle of the zone, I just tried to put a good swing on it and it went over the wall,” Phegley said.

But Mike Trout answered back with a homer, his first in extra innings in his career, to tie the ball game at 1-1 at the bottom of the 10th.

Besides Trout’s opposite-field drive, A’s right-handed pitcher Santiago Casilla made three saves.

“He continues to be reliable,” manager Bob Melvin said.

Calhoun’s walkoff hit was the first of his career. A’s pitcher Ryan Madson said of his fastball, “I should definitely have stepped off and rethought.”

“I didn’t throw it with conviction,” Madson said. “So I learned my lesson to throw the pitch that I’m convicted in.”

The A’s defeat came after right-handed starting pitcher Jesse Hahn threw eight innings with one hit, two walks, six strikes and 101 pitches.

“I feel like I literally had everything working for me today,” Hahn said. “I think it might have been the best command I’ve had of all pitches.”

Angels starting right-handed pitcher J.C. Ramirez also allowed only one hit through three innings.

A’s catcher Phegley said he would trust Madson’s fastball every game of the year.

Tuesday night was “just not the result we were looking for,” Phegley said.

With the Angels’ victory, manager Mike Scioscia became one of only six managers all-time to record at least 1,500 wins with one team.

The three-game series between the A’s and Athletics continues Wednesday at Angel Stadium with first pitch at 7:07 p Sean Manaea starts for Oakland (1-1) and Matt Shoemaker (0-1) gets the call for the Angels .

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