OAKLAND, CA - MAY 21: Collin Cowgill #12, Daric Barton #10, Cliff Pennington #2 and Josh Reddick #16 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 to 1 at O.co Coliseum on May 21, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Tommy Milone gets his 6th win as he once again dominated at home. He went 7 strong innings with only 3 strikeouts, but he only gave up 5 hits and 1 walk. Milone now has a .60 ERA over 4 starts at home. The only run Milone gave up was in the 5th inning where Howard Kendrick led off with an infield single to shortstop Cliff Pennington, Bobby Wilson walked, and Mike Trout followed with a shallow ball that just fell fair after A's second basemen Jemile Weeks and first basemen Daric Barton had a near collison and the ball fell fair as Trout was able to get to second base with an RBI double. Milone then induced a pop out from Alberto Callaspo to end the threat.
Jerome Williams gave up 2 earned runs over 6.1 innings, only giving up 5 hits, but he was hurt by his 5 walks. Williams only had one shut down inning as those 5 hits and 5 walks were scattered throughout his entire outing. Williams gave up a lead-off single to Seth Smith, followed by a ground-rule double from Josh Donaldson and a walk to Daric Barton loaded the bases with no outs. Seth Smith was able to score as Kurt Suzuki grounded into a double play and Cliff Pennington then grounded out to end the inning.
In the 3rd inning, Williams led off by hitting Jemile Weeks with a pitch, inducing a force out from the next batter, Coco Crisp, which was followed by a single from Josh Reddick, and an RBI single from Kila Ka'aihue. With still only one out, Seth Smith was then walked to load the bases, but the Angels caught a break as Josh Donaldson lined a ball to Angels shortstop Erick Aybar who then passed it on to second basemen Howard Kendrick for the double play.
After Milone left after the 7th inning, Ryan Cook came out for the 8th and extended his franchise record for most consecutive scoreless-innings to start off the season with 21.2 as he retired Mike Trout, Alberto Callaspo, and Albert Pujols. Brian Fuentes then came out to close the inning as he was able to get his 4th save of the season as the A's won 2 - 1 in the first game of a 3 game series against the Angels.