Let me tell you the story about a 5 run lead...
Most teams, with a semblance of a pitching staff would be comfortable with a 6-1 lead going into the bottom of the 7th. But most teams are not the Angels.
Jose Suarez had his best “start” as an Angel, coming in for the 2nd inning and tossing 5.1 innings of 2 run ball. He even was nice enough to clear the bases (via Josh Phegley 2 run HR) in the 7th inning before making his exist. Those 2 runs were the only 2 he would surrender in this appearance and they were the beginning of the end for this game.
Ty Buttrey and Miguel Del Pozo combined for 4 straight walks at one point, but most of this loss falls on the shoulder of Ty Butrrey who really hasn’t been strong since some time in May . Memories...
After that 7th inning unraveling was complete, the Angels were behind 8-6 and Noe Ramirez served up 2 more runs in the 8th, lest anyone get hopeful of an Angels comeback.
But have no fear for this recently treacherous slide. It only serves to bring the Angels a higher draft pick in 2020 - AND Mike Trout is still Mike Trout.
Perhaps the highlight of this game was Trout hitting his major league leading (tie) HR #45 and launched in 455 feet. It’s just what Mike Trout does, because he is magical.
.@MikeTrout, BIG FLY. pic.twitter.com/aWex1Ximr5— MLB (@MLB) September 5, 2019
I’d pretty much just ignore the rest of this game. David Fletcher and Justin Upton each had a pair of hits and Kevan Smith hit a home run. But there is very little positive to say when you lose a game like this one.
A’s fans are happy. You are welcome. The A’s now hold sole possession of the top AL Wild Card spot by .001 percentage point. The Angels are now 11 games under .500 and marching to potentially their worst losing percentage since Arte Moreno took ownership of the franchise.