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Game Thread (2) #57: A’s vs. Angels

A’s vying for a comeback in the series finale

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics
Daniel Mengden and the A’s Bats are trying to claw back into this matinee finale
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Rough Opener
Liam Hendricks got the call to open for the A’s in today’s afternoon contest from the Coliseum. After mowing down the Angels in relief in two high leverage innings (33 pitches) last night, less than 14 hours later, Hendricks struggled in the first inning.

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A one out hit hit from Tommy La Stella (hitting .375 in day games) and back to back walks to Shohie Othani (questionable check swing call from third base umpire, James Hoye) and Jonathan Lucroy loaded the bases for Kole Calhoun. Hendricks dug down deep and induced a harmless fly ball from Calhoun and it looked like the A’s would dodge a bullet against the Trout-less and Pujol-less starting line-up from the Angels...Except the next batter, a guy named, Cesar Puello, a journeyman minor leaguer with his 8th organization, had different plans.

The A’s would get one back in the 3rd inning courtesy of Marcus Semien:

Angels outfielder, Brian Goodwin would knock in a third run for the Halos off A’s starter, reliever, Daniel Mengden, to give the Angels a 3-1 advantage after 5 innings. Mengden pitched fairly well today, following “opener” Liam Hendricks, allowing only one run on four hits and striking out six through 4 1/3 innings of work. He nemesis again was his wildness, walking three and throwing 87 pitches through only 4 13 innings of work.

Ryan Buchter replaced Mengden in the top of the sixth inning with one out and promptly gave up a single to La Stella (I was frantically waving my arms at the A’s pitching staff in the pregame write-up, don’t pitch to do this guy during the day!!!) and allowed walk to Othani. Fortunately for the A’s, right before Buchter’s walked Othani, Angels manager Brad Ausmus (don’t you kind of miss Mike Scioscia?) unwisely sent Fletcher to third on a 2-2 pitch and Hundley-Chapman were able to nab him trying to steal for out number two. After the walk to Othani, BoMel summoned the bullpen once again, bringing in Yusmeiro Petit. Petit got Jonathan Lucroy to pop up to end the threat and keep the A’s in the ballgame.

We are now in the late innings in the afternoon shadows at the Coliseum, the A’s bats have some work to do! Let’s Go Oak-land!!!