Matt Duffy scored on a Jo Adell eighth inning single for a game winning walk off as the Los Angeles Angels edge the Oakland A’s 4-3 on Tue Sep 27, 2022 at the Big A in Anaheim (AP News photo)
A’s Drop Game One To Angels 4-3
By Barbara Mason
Tuesday evening the Oakland A’s (56-98) traveled down to Angel Stadium to take on Los Angeles (68-86). There will be no post-season for either of these teams after a disappointing season for both.
Oakland had a great second inning scoring three runs. Christian Pache hit a single and Chad Pinder scored for the early 1-0 lead. In the same inning Nick Allen doubled to deep left, Jordan Diaz and Shea Langeliers both score to extend their lead 3-0.
Just when it looked like Oakland really had something going, the Angels had an equally successful second inning. Matt Thaiss singled driving Mike Ford home. Livan Soto hit a sacrifice fly and Matt Duffy scored for the Angels. Los Angels would tie this game up when Luis Rengifo singled and Thaiss scored and we had a new ball game 3-3.
After a rough start in the second inning for Angel’s pitcher Paul Sandoval, he kept the A’s off the scoreboard going into the fifth inning. Despite that he was pulled and relief pitcher Andrew Wantz would take over on the mound.
The Angels threatened in the sixth inning when Soto hit his first career triple. Oakland pitcher James Kaprielian got a huge out dismissing Rengifo who struck out swinging to end the inning.
This game remained tied going into the eighth inning. Los Angeles would break the tie when Jo Adell singled and Matt Duffy scored giving the Angels a 4-3 lead going into the ninth inning.
It was quick work for Los Angeles in the ninth inning. Sean Murphy grounded out, Dermis Garcia struck out, Jonah Bride flied out and that was the ball game.
The A’s stubbornly hung onto this game into the eighth inning but the Angels prevailed in the end with more offensive fire power. Los Angeles had 12 hits in the game and Oakland had 9 hits. Oakland came up just short in this one.
Tomorrow the A’s will try to even the score. Adrian Martinez will take the mound for Oakland with a 4-5 win loss record. Michael Lorenzen will start for the Angels. He has a 7-6 win loss record. First pitch will be at 6:38 PM PT.