Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Los Angeles Angels came back from a 9-4 deficit to beat the A’s 10-9 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim Monday night. The A’s starter, Sean Manaea, had another rough outing. He went two-plus innings and was tagged for four runs and four hits.
The A’s offense put nine runs on the board to lead 9-4 after four innings. A’s third baseman, Matt Chapman, homered twice and had a triple to drive in six runs. The Angels’ relievers allowed the A’s just two hits after the fourth inning. Angels’ big boppers, Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Shohei Ohtani, tagged A’s pitchers for four home runs as the Halos came back to win.
The Angels plated three runs in the bottom of the first. David Fletcher started the rally with a single. Tommy LaStella singled to right sending Fletcher to third. LaStella tried to stretch the single into a double, but Piscotty’s throw from right field nailed him at second. Fletcher scored on Sean Manaea’s wild pitch. Mike Trout singled and came home when Angels’ third baseman, Anthony Rendon, sent a Manaea pitch over the fence in left field. The Angels lead 3-0.
The A’s tied the game in the top of the second. Third baseman Matt Chapman led off with a home run. The A’s put men on at first and second with no out. Angels’ starter Julio Teheran hit Mark Canha with a pitch. He went to second on a Robbie Grossman single. Stephen Piscotty singled to drive in Canha with the A’s second run.
Chad Pinder hit a sharp ground ball to third. Grossman, running on contact, was caught in a rundown. Piscotty motored to third, and Pinder advanced to second. Piscotty scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at three.
The A’s put two more on the board in the third. Matt Olson walked and went to second on a passed ball. Matt Chapman hit a hanging slider about 440 feet to put the A’s ahead 5-3. The Angels added a run in their half of the inning.
Manaea gave up a single to Mike Trout and a walk to Rendon. Trout went to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by Justin Upton. A’s manager Bob Melvin replaced Manaea with J.B. Wendelken. Wendelken was able to retire the Angels without any further damage.
The A’s scored four more in the fourth to take a 9-4 advantage. The A’s loaded the bases with one out. Matt Chapman tripled to right-center field to clear the bases. Chapman scored when Angels’ left fielder Justin Upton dropped Mark Canha’s fly.
The Angels refused to wilt. They plated three runs in their half of the fourth. With one out, LaStella, who loves to torment the A’s, doubled. The next hitter, Mike Trout, homered to make it a 9-6 game.
Wendelken’s night ended when he walked Anthony Rendon. Lefty T.J.McFarland replaced him on the hill. Angels’ Designated hitter, Shohei Ohtani, doubled to send Rendon to third. Rendon scored on an Albert Pujols ground out. The A’s still lead 9-7 after four complete.
The Angels tied the game in the sixth. Lou Trivino was now pitching for Oakland. Trivino struck out Trout for the first out. Rendon singled and scored on Ohtani’s home run.
Mike Trout won the game for the Halos in the eighth. With one out, he slammed his second dinger of the night to give the Angels a 10-9 lead. Ty Buttrey closed out the game for LA. The final score is 10-9 in favor of LA.
Game Notes- With the loss, the A’s nine-game winning streak ended. They are now 12-5 for the year. The Angels improved to 6-11.
Matt Chapman was the hitting star for the A’s. Chappie’s two homers and a triple made him the first A’s player since Mitchell Page accomplished that feat. Page did it in 1977 against Boston.
The hitting stars for LA were Tommy LaStella with two hits. Mike Trout had four hits, two home runs, and three RBIs. Rendon had a single and home run, Ohtani, a double and homer. Rookie Jo Adell had two singles.
The line score for Oakland was nine runs, nine hits, and no errors. The Angels’ line was ten runs, fourteen hits, and one error.
The A’s and Angels play game two of the three-game set Tuesday night. The game will start at 6:40 pm. Mike Fiers will pitch for Oakland. Dylan Bundy will go for the Halos.
The time of game was three hours and forty-one minutes.