Welp. The Angels literally walkoff on the A's today, winning 6-5. Let's get started with the recap.
Things were even, knotted up at 0 until the bottom of the third. Graveman was giving up fly balls over and over, and this one came back to bite him. Andrelton Simmons hit a bomb to left, giving the halos the 2-0 lead. Simmons dinger
The scoreboard wouldn't read differently until the top of the 5th, when Danny Valencia took Santiago deep to Center field, making it 2-1.
The Angels did their best to blow the game open in the bottom half of that inning, with RBI singles from Daniel Nava and Mike Trout. The halos came out of this inning with a 4-1 lead. Nava RBI . Trout RBI
The A's would strike back a half-inning later, with Reddick singling home Burns, then getting thrown out trying to grab second. Still gotta love the aggressive attitude. After 5 1/2, it was 4-2 Angels. Reddick RBI
In the top of the 7th, as Santiago left, the A's bats came alive. Jed Lowrie earned an RBI triple, and Stephen Vogt looped one to center to give the A's a 5-4 lead. Vogt RBI
Geovany Soto wouldn't let the A's hold that lead for long, as he ripped on to left field off Kurcz, knotting things up at 5. Soto Dinger
The bottom of the 9th is when things fell apart. After two walks from Walker, Seth frankoff came in and walked home the winning run. Walkoff
My Observations Watching the Game
- Some will say Graveman struggled today, but i think his start was encouraging. According to Susan Slusser, he was working with his Curveball, and that resulted in lots of flyballs. Infact, through the first 2 innings, 5 of his 6 outs were flyouts. He gave up a homer, but there was lots of wind that definitely helped the ball along. The fact that he got Trout and Pujols to hit weak popouts is especially encouraging to me.
- Hector Santiago played decent. He was playing well up until the 7th, when he left 2 runners on that eventually scored for the As. He has still had a strong spring.
-It seems like Valencia and Chapman are in a home run derby throughout the spring. Valencia added to his total with another long ball today.
- Burns and Lowrie showed great awareness on the bases today. They each took another base after recognizing an outfielder's mistake.
- Dull appears to have improved on his problem in college, of giving up too many long balls. He gave up none today.
- TROUT COMMITTED AN ERROR!!!!!
- Burns continued his great spring with 2 hits and a run today, showcasing his speed in many occasions.
- The Angel's announcers suck
- Walter had a rough day. he threw 85% balls in the 9th inning with the game tied. That is not a recipe for success.
Tomorrow Jesse hahn takes the mound as the A's pay the Mariners @peoria Stadium.
I'd like to thank the owners of AN for giving me this opportunity. Covering this game was tons of fun! Keep calm, and Go A's!
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