The Angels actually had more hits than the Athletics on Friday night. That’s great and all, but they had zero runs to show for it as they fell to Oakland, 2-0. For the game, the Halos were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven runners on base.
LA’s first chance to do damage came in the fourth inning, as they had first and second with two outs. Brandon Marsh struck out on three pitches to end the rally. There was another chance the following inning, as Adam Eaton doubled with one out. However, they couldn’t even advance the runner and got back-to-back outs.
The sixth inning was their biggest chance, as the bases were loaded with two outs. Marsh had the bases loaded with two outs. He struck out on four pitches, ending any hope. It has been a rough start to his big-league career, as he is 2-for-27 with 11 strikeouts through his first few weeks.
The Angels had their final chance in the ninth inning, as Justin Upton doubled to lead off the inning, bringing the tying run to the plate with no outs. Unfortunately, Upton was stranded at second base.
The pitching did what needed to be done, as they allowed only two runs on six hits. Most nights, that’s good enough to win you a game.
Patrick Sandoval had a shaky start. It was honestly incredible the score wasn’t more lopsided than it could have been. He went 5 2⁄3 innings and allowed one run on four hits, which is pretty damn good. However, he issued six walks and his command was all over the place. He also threw 115 pitches.... 115!!! In only 5 2⁄3 innings. Again, it’s incredible that Oakland couldn’t do more damage. Then again, they were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 runners on base.
With the loss, the Angels are now seven games out of the second wild card spot. After looking like they were inching their way closer to a potential birth, they need to make up seven games in two months. It won’t be easy.