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It wasn’t a pretty victory but it was a W in the end

Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Angels 8 Athletics 5

These are garbage time games for both teams with the A’s locked in for the playoffs and the Angels locked in to spectate. Garbage time maybe, but this was one heck of a fun game to watch. Well, mostly fun - especially if you forget the top of the 8th inning.

Shohei Ohtani scored first after a 2nd inning single, advanced to second when Upton was hit by a pitch, and proceeded to steal his 10th base of the season - entering the record books as the only member of the 10-10-10 club.

Taylor Ward went long in that second inning as well for a two run smash, his second home run in the last two games.

Jaimie Barria didn’t allow a hit in his outing but also fell short of picking up his 11th win when he was pulled after walking 3 in the 5th inning. Barria would end up with 6 walks and zero hits in this game. In total, Angels pitchers walked 9 batters (thanks to Barria and Jerez mainly) and allowed only 5 hits.

Despite his injury time off, Mike Trout padded his stats with his 39th home run of the season - just two shy of his career best 41 that he set in 2015 with 21 more games.

Shohei Ohtani definitely padded his painfully obvious rookie of the year case by going 3 for 3 with a double, stolen base, sac fly, and two RBIs.