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Athletics’ arms overpower Angels bats, despite Ohtani’s home run

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Frankie Montas and the A’s bullpen combined to limit the Angels offense to just two runs on Tuesday night.

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Athletics 4 Angels 2

The Athletics were the first to strike in the third inning, when Mike Trout became presumably dazed with the lights, and missed what was a difficult but catchable ball, allowing Khris Davis to drive in a run off the base of the center field wall. Stephen Piscotty followed with a sacrifice fly, and the game was 2-0 A’s heading to the bottom of the third inning.

A link to the Davis double. [Side note: it’s not possible to link directly from MLB when the search function is removed from the website, and videos are not able to be opened in a new tab from Gameday. Do better, MLB.]

Griffin Canning pitched a good game overall (8 strikeouts total and 2 ER heading into the 6th), but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the stat sheet. His 4 earned run line was the product of a 2-run home run on a hanging slider to Ramon Laureano. A promising start for Canning, though issues to be worked through still present themselves. There is this bit of news, though.

Frankie Montas, to his credit, turned in a terrific performance, giving up just 4 hits and 2 earned runs through six complete innings. The one saving grace for the Angels, though, was Shohei Ohtani’s masterful tater to left-center field. In on the hands at 96, Ohtani went the other way and had enough strength to get it over the wall despite not getting the entire baseball.

Ultimately, it was not enough. Albeit turned down time and time again, the Angels continue to flirt with the average girl, who one might call 12 (they really don’t pay me enough for these jokes, do they).


Source: FanGraphs

In other news, congratulations to angelslogic, a longtime member of the Halos Heaven community, for reaching the 40,000 comment milestone! An impressive feat, indeed.

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