A’s lose 8-6 in four run seventh-inning rally

August 5, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

~ Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Troy Scribner sits on the ground after falling off the mound while pitching during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ ANAHEIM– Though Oakland held the lead for most of the game, the Los Angeles Angels’ chips finally felled the A’s, as the Angels rallied again with an 8-6 win Friday.

Pitching, walks, a stolen base and fielding all commingled to play a part in the loss. Oakland’s biggest lead was four runs.

Yunel Escobar’s 1,500th career hit led to the game-winning run. Jesse Chavez got the win, Bud Norris the save and Daniel Coulombe the loss.   

The A’s were able to fend off two previous rally attempts in the second and sixth. Starter Jharel Cotton and reliever Ryan Dull were able to get big men Mike Trout and Albert Pujols out when Los Angeles came within tying range.

On Trout Bobblehead Day, he was the first player to get on base.

The first two innings saw errors and runs by both teams.

With a walked runner on base and one out, Oakland’s Ryon Healy hit a ground ball which was at least one out, if not two. However, Escobar’s throw merely touched his teammate’s glove as the situation turned to two runners on base. After one more out, Matt Chapman brought all of the runners home with a three-run homer.

The A’s committed multiple errors in the bottom of the inning. The Angels responded well with a flurry of hits, starting with two straight. The second hit resulted in runners on the corner with no out when Jaycob Brugman misplayed the ball. Kole Calhoun was then able to score on a fly out from Ben Revere. Cotton had a wild pitch and then his next pitch hit Martin Maldonado on the back of his helmet, loading the bases. With two outs, Chapman also had a fielding error which made the score 3-2 and brought up Trout, but Cotton preserved the lead by inducing a fly out.

Brugman made a nice diving catch in the bottom of the fourth.

Opposing starter Troy Scribner fell after throwing a pitch in the top of the fifth. He was then replaced by Keynan Middleton after walking his second batter with no outs. Khris Davis eventually scored the two walked batters to make it 5-2. After an intentional walk, Middleton got the final two outs.  

It was a long sixth inning.

First, Oakland used two doubles an out apart to make it 6-2 in the sixth.

The A’s used three pitchers in the bottom of the inning as Los Angeles had their biggest threat of the game since the second. Cotton gave up a leadoff single and a walk, bringing in Liam Hendriks and signaling the rally monkey. C.J. Cron stole second base which allowed him and Andrelton Simmons to score when Cliff Pennington hit a single. Another single signaled in Dull to relieve Hendriks. Dull walked Trout to load the bases but then ended the threat when he got Pujols to pop out as Chapman traveled from third base to the other side of the left field foul line to catch the ball.

Oakland had a tougher start in the seventh inning. New pitcher Coulombe gave up two leadoff walks and went on a 2-0 count to Revere before walking him too.This brought in Blake Treinen. One out later, pinch hitter Luis Valbuena finally brought the Angels to a tie with a two-run single. Los Angeles then took the lead when Escobar bounced the ball to third and Chapman was unable to make a play. Trout made it 8-6. The four runs marked the highest scoring inning of the game.

Cotton had only given up one earned run until he left the game. He finished pitching five innings, giving up seven hits, four runs, three earned, one walk and two strikeouts on 83 pitches.

Scribner’s stat line in his first MLB start was four innings, two hits, five runs, two earned, four walks and three strikeouts on 74 pitches.

Game notes: The middle game of the series begins Saturday at 6:07pm  

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