Andrew Triggs had Angels hitters completely stymied the first time through the order. In fact, he didn’t allow a hit through 3 innings and faced the minimum number of batters. It was a bad start to a bad night.
JC Ramirez failed to get past the 2nd innings, making 2 bad starts in a row for him and 2 bad starts in a row for Angels pitchers. This bullpen is already getting tired and it’s not even 2 weeks into the season. All this and they don’t have another off day until April 16th. I’d expect that Salt Lake Express shuttle to be busy over the next week.
The shuttle already started before today’s game:
The #Angels optioned Parker Bridwell and recalled RHP Akeel Morris. (They need some more coverage for bullpen after Bridwell’s early exit last night.) They also called up IF Ryan Schimpf and sent down Nolan Fontana.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) April 7, 2018
Morris happened to be the guy that relieved Ramirez in the 3rd inning and he lasted 2.1 innings, allowing 2 walks and 1 run.
Justin Upton got the lethargic Angels’ offense going with a 2 run homer in the 4th but there was not much scoring beyond that (at least for guys not wearing green and gray). Upton’s home run was his 3rd - tying Shoehei Ohtani for the team lead.
Not really much more to say. The A’s and Angels both had 7 hits, but the A’s out outscored the Angels 7-3 thanks to a ridiculous 10 walks by Angels pitchers. Those 10 walks were the most by the Angels in a game since 2006.
Mike Trout? 0 for 4 with 3 Ks (now hitting .184)
Andrelton Simmons? 0 for 3
Calhoun? Hitless until the 9th. Marte? Hitless. Rivera? Hitless. Pujols? Hitless until a single in the 9th.
In the end, the A’s out-pitched the Angels. Turn the page. Ohtani is on the bump tomorrow.