A’s five run rally in eighth edges Halos 11-10; contest ties record for longest nine-inning game in Angels history

August 6, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman, right, is congratulated by Mark Canha, left, and Chad Pinder after Chapman and Pinder scored on a single by Bruce Maxwell during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

ANAHEIM– Oakland took the three-game series with a five run rally in the eighth to win 11-10 over the Los Angeles Angels Sunday.

The 4 hours, 12 minute game tied the Angels record set August 25, 1998 and broke the record for longest nine-inning home game in franchise history.

Bruce Maxwell brought in the game tying and game winning run, ending a 0-for-11 run.” Of the long and hot day game, he replied, it was “…more of mental stability, than it is physical…” and deadpanned, “…felt like I was sitting in an oven, at Thanksgiving, but it could be worse. It could be 12 degrees and freezing.”

The eighth inning was almost over, with the score 10-5 and the A’s left to their final at bat. However, Oakland got six straight baserunners for the second time in a row to take the lead. Two of the runs came against Blake Parker, snapping a 27-game streak and the three remaining versus closer Bud Norris.

The win went to Josh Smith, the loss Norris and Blake Treinen earned the save.

Some of A’s Manager Bob Melvin comments were, “there’s just no quit,” “they like to play,” and “an all-around team win.”

According to Susan Slusser from the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland had a …”record season-high 18 hits, 10 extra-base hits. First series win at Anaheim since June 23-26, 2016.” The A’s hit three home runs and the Angels two. Both teams had hits in each inning except the last, the only 1-2-3 inning, leaving 10 runners on base overall.

Los Angeles came close to their own rally. C.J. Cron had a one-out double in the eighth. A wild pitch from Santiago Casilla got Andrelton Simmons on his left side. Casilla then later loaded the bases with a walk, but was able to prevent any damage.

Oakland’s Chad Pinder went 4-for-5 with a home run, three runs and two RBIs. Teammate Mark Canha reached home plate this whole successful series with his three-run blast.

The Angels scored for the first time this series when Yunel Escobar hit a leadoff home run. Sean Manaea recovered well though, as he got the next three outs against Mike Trout (strikeout), Albert Pujols and Cron.

Until the A’s rally, every time they scored, Los Angeles had an answer. The Angels had two runs come by errors. Four runs originated from walks

Manaea got Escobar out the second time around, but gave up a home run to the man behind him, Trout with his 999th career hit.

Each team used their whole lineup and scored four apiece in the fourth inning.

Oakland finally broke through pitcher Ricky Nolasco with their first of six straight baserunners. After a one out double by Pinder, Mark Chapman doubled him home to cut the lead to 2-1. Nolasco then walked Maxwell. Canha then gave the A’s their only lead before the end with a three-run homer, continuing his success this series. It was his first long ball since May 20.    

Manaea did not help matters thought, as two walks and a single loaded the bases in the bottom inning. Juan Graterol re-tied the game by clearing the diamond partly with a two-run double. Then Cliff Pennington brought in Shane Robinson and on an error by Jaycob Brugman, Graterol scored to make it 6-4. This brought in Simon Castro to pitch.

Oakland tried again in the fifth. After a leadoff double, Nolasco was replaced too by Cam Bedrosian. Ryon Healy scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 6-5.

Los Angeles got the run back in the bottom and more. Simmons hit a one out double and was able to score on a single by Kole Calhoun. Calhoun then scored on a groundout

In the sixth, the A’s had two two-out singles but Yusmeiro Petit closed it out with his third strikeout of the inning.

Two leadoff walks by Oakland’s Liam Hendriks turned into runs in the bottom to put the A’s into a 10-5 hole.  

The A’s then tried to knock their way back into the game, equaling the Angels’ four runs, and adding one more. It started with a solo shot from Pinder in the seventh and a two-run blast by Khris Davis in the eighth. Davis’ shot came with two outs and was the first of the five run eighth.

Daniel Coulombe, Smith, Casilla and Treinen held Los Angeles to two hits in 3 and ⅓ innings.

Game notes: Escobar had to leave the game with a right intercostal strain, will need a MRI and was replaced by Kaleb Cowart in the seventh. Before the game, Seattle made a waiver claim for Oakland All-Star Yonder Alonso in exchange for former A Boog Powell, which will give Matt Olson from the minors a chance to play. The end of this three-game series marks the end of Oakland Matt Joyce’s two-game suspension for uttering a gay slur during Friday’s game. The A’s will see Alonso again at their next game Tuesday at 7:05pm.

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