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Angels Lack Timely Hits Against Oakland

Final Score in Los Angeles of Anaheim: Oakland 6, Angels 4

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The Angels' batters showed improved patience at the plate by drawing 6 walks against the Oakland A's on Tuesday night, but were unable to get the timely hits to drive in all of those base runners. The Angels hitters left 14 runners stranded on the base paths, 6 of those by left-fielder Juan Rivera.

Dustin Moseley, making his first start of the season, allowed 3 runs over 6 innings while giving up 9 hits and striking out 4. The 3 runs Moseley gave up all came in the 4th inning on hits by Jack Cust, Kurt Suzuki, and Mark Ellis after the Angels had jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Moseley lived up to his #5 starter billing by allowing at least one hit in each of his 6 innings, but pitched well enough on almost any other night to earn a win. Kevin Jepsen, replacing Moseley in the 7th inning, let Oakland take the lead by giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and getting the loss.

The biggest disappointment of the night had to be the number of runners left on base and of those, the number of runners left in scoring position. Juan Rivera struck out with the bases loaded to end the first inning, and then two innings later, stranded Kendry Morales at second and Vlad Guerrero at third when he grounded out to short.

The Halos had the tying run at the plate in the 9th after Bobby Abreu drove in Chone Figgins with a single to left, however he was left at first base after Guerrero and Hunter ended the game by striking out.