The bullpen allowed four runs and the offense scored only two, as the Angels lost to the Athletics, 6-2. They have now lost 9 of their 12 games, as they continue to slide down the standings.
It wasn’t until the eighth inning in which the Angels got on the board. Trailing by six runs, they were able to add two to trim the deficit. Jose Iglesias grounded out to bring in a run, with Shohei Ohtani following him up with a triple to score a run. The only real bright spot on the night for the offense was Ohtani, as he had a double and a triple.
Aside from him, the Angels had three total hits. As a team they were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded four runners on base.
Onto the pitching side of things, Patrick Sandoval gave the Angels five innings. He allowed only two runs as he added three strikeouts. He was able to limit the damage as best as he could. It was the bullpen that yet again put the game out of reach.
Three different relievers followed Sandoval. Alex Claudio, Hunter Strickland and Junior Guerra combined to allow four runs in four innings. They issued two walks and didn’t record a single strikeout.
The Angels are in last place and are 8.5 games back of first place. Only three teams in the American League have a worse record.
WP: Chris Bassitt (4-2) 7 2⁄3 IP, 2 ER, 8 SO
LP: Patrick Sandoval (0-1) 5 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB
HR: Matt Olson (11) Seth Brown (7)