A’s win their third walk-off In a row as the beat the Angels in eleven innings 3-2

May 8, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s won heir third game in a row and fourth in the last five games as Jed Lowrie hit his second home run of the night in the eleventh inning to send the fans into a frenzy as the A’s recorded their third walk-off win a row with a score of 3-2.

Kendal Graveman started for the A’s. He gave up a two-run dinger to Luis Balbuena and the first inning but settled down and did not allow another run in his seven innings of work. The Angels’ starter Ricky Nolasco was rocked by two solo homers but nothing else as he also went seven innings. The A’s used Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla, and Liam Hendriks in relief. Hendriks picked up the win.

The Angels drew first blood in the first inning against the A’s Monday night. Angels’ third baseman Yunel Escobar led off with a single. Graveman retired the next two hitters but Luis Balbuena, playing first base, homered to center just over the 400-foot marker to put the Halos ahead 2-0.

The A’s got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when A’s second baseman Jed Lowrie led off with a home run to right field. Nolasco did not suffer any more damage in the inning as the A’s trail the Angels 2-1 after four complete.

The A’s tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when third baseman Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer over the left-centerfield wall near the TV cameras. It was Plouffe’s fifth tater of the season.

Neither team could score in regulation. The game went into extra innings, and the A’s prevailed in the bottom of the eleventh when Jed Lowrie hit his second home run of the night to give the A’s the win 3-2.

Game Notes- Jed Lowrie was the hitting star for Oakland Monday night. He slammed two solo homers to propel Oakland to the victory. The A’s are now 15-17 for the year, and the Angels fall to 16-18. The Angels’ MVP Mike Trout did not play due to a hamstring injury. He may play Tuesday, but the decision will be made before the start of the game. Graveman hit shortstop Andrelton Simmons with a pitch in the first inning. Simmons left the game and X-Rays were taken. The results were negative, and Simmons is listed as day-to-day.

Game two of the three-game series will be played Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Attendance was 10,929 and time of game was three hours and six minutes.  Jharel Cotton (3-3, 4.64 ERA) will go for Oakland, and Alex Meyer (0-1, 9.39 ERA) will pitch for LA



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

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