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Missed Chances Doom A's in 3-1 Loss to Angels

Yeah, I may have overhyped that just a tad.  At least lunch was up to snuff.

The Athletics got in some work today against their friends from down south, and apparently they kept score: Angels 3, A's 1.

Oakland has scored just four runs in their first two games, with all runs coming off the long ball. The A's are now 0-1-1 in Spring action, having made little use of their ten hits this afternoon.

Both teams had opportunities early on but neither was able to break through until the Halos struck for a pair of two-out runs in the fourth.

Starter Sean Gallagher flirted with danger in his two innings of work, with a runner reaching third base in both frames, but no Angels crossed the plate.

Meanwhile the A's missed a chance in the second when Chris Carter, who had doubled earlier in the inning, was easily thrown out at the plate on a ground ball to first. Oakland mounted a threat against LA's new closer Brian Fuentes in the third, but Eric Chavez struck out and Jack Cust flied out with men on second and third.

Michael Wuertz replaced Gallagher and pitched one inning of one-hit ball. Brett Anderson came on in the fourth, his first appearance with the big-league club. The 21-year old southpaw nearly escaped after allowing a leadoff double to Jeff Mathis, but a two-out single by Kevin Ramos plated the runner, and after a walk, Reggie Willits drove home Ramos with a knock to left field.

Cust greeted Jason Bulger with a long homerun to right with one out in the sixth to cut the lead in half, but the Angels got it back after the stretch with a walk, a stolen base, and a single to conclude the scoring.

Ryan Sweeney was 2-for-3 on the day before being removed in the top of the fifth for a pinch-runner.

I should have IM'd with that cute girl.