The Angels pound Jharel Cotton, send the A’s down to defeat 7-3; No ninth inning walk off miracles this time

May 9, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jharel Cotton works against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND- The Los Angeles Angels evened the series at one apiece as they pounded out three home runs and defeated the A’s 7-3 Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

The A’s starter Jharel Cotton continued his pattern of inconsistency as he was not on his game Tuesday night. He started strong as he struck out the first two batters he faced. Angels’ DH Albert Pujols broke the spell when he blasted his fifth homer of the year to give the Angels an early 1-0 lead. The A’s retaliated in the bottom of the first when Yonder Alonso hit his tenth of the year to give the A’s a very short-lived advantage 2-1 after one inning.

In the second Cotton gave up two big flys. Ben Revere hit his first to tie the game, but the big blow came when Yunel Escobar took Cotton deep wit two on to put the Angels in the driver’s seat 5-2.  The Angels scored two more in the fourth to extend their lead. A’s manager let Cotton pitch one more inning before taking him out of the game.

The A’s scored one in the bottom of the sixth when Yonder Alonso slammed his eleventh home run over the fence in right-centerfield. Alonso never had more than nine homers in a season and now has a career-high eleven. It was his second two-homer game, the last coming this past Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. Alonso now leads the A’s in homers and is second in the AL just behind the Yankees Aaron Judge who has thirteen.

Josh Smith pitched three innings in relief of Cotton and did not allow a hit. Daniel Coulombe pitched the ninth, and he did not allow a hit either.

Game Notes- Jharel Cotton was the losing pitcher and is now 3-4 for the year. Alex Meyer evened his record at 1-1. The A’s drop to 15-18 while the Angels improved to 17-18.

The A’s recalled Mark Canha from Nashville, and he pinch hit for Matt Joyce in the eighth. Outfielder Jaff Decker was designated for assignment.

Khris Davis set an A’s franchise record for consecutive games with a strikeout by a non-pitcher(20). On this date on May 9th, 2010, Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game.

The A’s and Angels conclude the three-game series Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 pm. Andrew Triggs will go for Oakland, and he will be opposed by former A’s pitcher Jesse Chavez.

Time of game was 3 hours and six minutes and just 11,383 people watched as the Angels beat the A’s for the sixth time in nine tries so far this season.

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