Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. The Angels’ seven-game winning streak was snapped on Monday night, as they fell 8-5 to the Athletics.
This game got out of reach fairly early, as Oakland had a 7-1 lead after the third inning. After having a solid stretch of starts recently, things just really fell apart for Dylan Bundy early in the game. He was pulled after only 2 1⁄3 innings and allowed seven runs to score on five hits and two walks. On the season, his ERA now sits just below seven.
The bullpen did their job the rest of the way. Over the final five innings they allowed only one run to score on two hits. The Angels’ offense made a solid attempt at a comeback, but their deficit was just too much.
They scored four runs in the seventh inning, cutting their deficit to only three runs. It was all thanks to a two-out rally. After Max Stassi was hit by a pitch and Jose Iglesias singled, Jared Walsh brought in a run with a double. Taylor Ward followed with a walk and then Jose Rojas singled in a run. David Fletcher followed with a single of his own, bringing in a run to make it a 8-5 game.
Justin Upton stepped up to the plate with runners on the corners, representing the tying run. He struck out on three pitches, ending the inning and rally.
The Halos had another golden opportunity an inning later, as Walsh stepped up to the plate with two runners on and two outs. Unfortunately, he struck out as well, ending the hope of a rally.
For the game, the Angels stranded 13 runners on base and were 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Another hit or two with runners on and they could have had a chance to win. Just can’t win em all.