The Angels fell to 1-4 in extra-inning games this season, including 0-2 on the road. Both losses were in Oakland.
In the top of the 10th inning, the Angels failed to advance their free baserunner on second base, but in the bottom of the inning Matt Chapman singled and Mark Canha hit a sacrifice fly to send the Angels to their 20th loss in 29 games this season.
The Angels are 2-7 in their series this year, and since beating these A’s twice at home on August 10-11 — the only consecutive wins so far this season — the Angels have lost nine of 11 games.
Dylan Bundy was coming off his only subpar start so far with the Angels, allowing four runs in four innings on Tuesday against San Francisco. That was also 99 degrees at game time in Anaheim, compared to 70 degrees on Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
He got four runs charged to his ledger again in this one, though two came in the first inning after a fly ball that Jo Adell botched in right field.
“If we catch the flyball in the first inning, he’s cruising in that inning and would eventually come out having given up no runs, and about 15 less pitches,” manager Joe Maddon said after the game. “All those things multiply. We have to not make those mistakes. We have to make the pitch when it’s necessary. We’ve got to believe in ourselves. So that’s what we’re working on very diligently right now.”
Bundy pitched into the sixth inning, the first Angels starter in eight games to complete five innings. He struck out six and walked one, and enters the halfway point of his season with a 2.58 ERA, a 3.08 FIP, plus 44 strikeouts against only eight walks in 38⅓ innings.
Before the 10th, the A’s first four runs were all scored with two outs.
“We’ve lost that game today five, maybe six times [this season],” Maddon said.
The Angels got their offense from a couple expected sources, albeit struggling ones.
Shohei Ohtani smoked a pitch 111.3 mph off A’s starter Frankie Montas for an opposite-field home run in the third inning, the three-run shot giving the Angels the lead.
A Shohei Ohtani homer bringing in Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon is EVERYTHING. pic.twitter.com/fokkVRKir3— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 23, 2020
That snapped an 0-for-19 skid for Ohtani, and was his first home run since August 10.
Brian Goodwin in the fifth inning snapped an 0-for-21 slump by singling to right field, driving home the Angels’ fourth run.
That chased Montas, but Oakland’s bullpen limited the Angels to just two hits and four walks the rest of the way, and no runs.
Home run: Shohei Ohtani (5)
WP — Liam Hendriks (2-0): 3 up, 3 down
LP — Ty Buttrey (1-1): ⅔ IP, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 1 strikeout
The road trip continues to Houston, beginning with a battle of lefties on Monday. Patrick Sandoval starts the series opener for the Angels, facing Framber Valdez for the Astros.