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Oakland Solves Trout, Bashes Angels 10-5


Harry How

Mike Trout struck out with the bases loaded in a game where a hit would have meant something in a season that for too long has meant nothing. If the Oakland Athletics can make baseball's best player look like a silly minor leaguer who cannot recognize a curveball for a fastball, imagine what they are going to do when they encounter that pudgy wife-beating DUI champion pseudo-MVP in Detroit come October.

Bob Melvin did not rest any of his regulars besides Yoenis Cespedes on the day after his fellas clinched the American League West. Other than Trout, the Angels don't really have any of what you would call "regulars". And to hear Trout talk on the Petros and Garbage Radio Show this afternoon, he will laugh in Arte's face when the contract offer comes his way like it should have last season and be anything but a regular here come his free agency.

Oh yeah, there was a game, Howie Kendrick upped his trade value with a bases clearing double an his first homer since July 6, a solo shot. There was other stuff, but really, 1 for 4 with 3 K by Trout is the story here unless you are some weird kind of Collin Cowgill groupie, okay, he made two great catches in the outfield, look at that, reduced to praising Cowgill, desperate to avoid mentioning Josh Hamilton hitting a triple and Mark Trumbo getting his 99th RBI of the season. The Angels will have to go 5-1 over their six final games to get to .500... so yeah, probably not.