A’s take first game of Angels series 4-2; Angels drop fourth game in a row

Oakland A’s hitter Seth Brown goes deep for two run fifth inning home run in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Chad Wallach and plate umpire Larry Vanover during Fri May 20, 2022 game at the Big A in Anaheim (AP News photo)

A’s Take First Game of Angels Series 4-2

By Barbara Mason

After dropping two of a three game series against the Angels (24-17) a week ago the Oakland A’s (17-24) took another crack at the Halo’s in a three game series at Angel stadium.

The A’s scored early in the first inning leading 1-0 when Jed Lowrie homered to right. The A’s would load the bases in the opening inning but fail to score another run. The Angels would answer when Anthony Rendon singled bringing Shohei Otani home to tie up the game 1-1. The A’s had walked Otani who would go on to steal second base.

The Angels took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Mike Trout doubled driving in Taylor Ward.

In the fifth inning, the A’s took a two run lead 4-2. Seth Brown would hit a home run, the second for the A’s in the game, and Lowrie scored. Kevin Smith hit a sacrifice bringing Luis Barrera home for a very productive fifth inning.

Neither team would score in the game again and Oakland took the first game of the series 4-2.

In the seventh inning A’s pitching would strike out Otani and Mike Trout. Oakland had two more strike outs in the eighth inning and would be looking to close out this game in the ninth

A’s pitchers got the job done in this game. Starting pitcher Paul Blackburn went 4 2/3 innings. Relief pitching had 4 1/3 no hit innings.

First pitch for game two of this series is schedule for 6:07 pm PDT tomorrow. Frankie Montas (2-4 ERA 3.67) will take the mound for Oakland and for the Angels Michael Lorenzen (4-2 ERA 3.57) will get the nod.

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