Game 2 of the weekend series against the A’s was a pitcher’s duel early on, with Jered Weaver and Jesse Hahn taking the hill for their respective clubs. The two teams played in a sun-drenched O.co Coliseum, and ray shined down to show us whether or not last night was just for pretend, or if the offense would bail once again.
Both Weaver and Hahn would battle out of tough spots, but would mostly keep things under control in the first five innings. It was a quiet opening to a game, but pretty much what the fans have come to expect from when these two clubs meet. The A’s got on the scoreboard first, with a Steven Vogt double in the first that scored Marcus Semien. That 1-0 score would remain, as Weaver stayed sturdy Hahn would at one point retired seven straight. The Angels ended a couple innings with guys on second and third, but the were unable to drive them in. That all changed in the sixth inning, when the Angels were able to finally get on the board with an Erick Aybar single that scored Mike Trout from second base.
That 1-1 tie would be extremely short-lived, as in the bottom of the sixth, the A’s got to Weaver big time. Josh Reddick and Brett Lawrie both got RBI doubles off of Weaver, and Mike Scioscia decided that’d be enough for today. Weaver was lifted for Scioscia’s new bullpen bromance, Cam Bedrosian, but of course he also gives up an RBI double, this time it was from C Josh Phegley. A 1-1 ball game going into the bottom of the sixth wilted into a 1-4 Oakland lead.
Cesar Ramos came in for Bedrosian in the seventh, and managed to get the bases loaded, but the Angels would get through without further digging themselves in a yellow and green grave. In the eighth, Mike Trout managed to get a walk, and the A’s pulled starter Hahn for reliever Tyler Clippard. Albert Pujols was unable to spark a rally, though, and could merely muster up a pop fly to center, ending the inning. The ninth was the whimper that would end the game, and quickly send the Halos back to the hotel for some rest near an A/C.
Matt Shoemaker was lucky that his teammates picked him up last night, but Jered Weaver wasn’t afforded that luxury today. There would be no three game winning streak, as he offense was reliably impotent, which has become par for the course for just about every other game or two, and perhaps Navarro leading off is not the lightning rod that Scioscia was hoping it’d be.The Angels will look towards tomorrow’s 1pm game to get a win, get the series win, and head on home.