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Game #84: Holy Oly! Olson’s Two Home Runs Lift A’s Over Angels 7-2

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Well, that’s the team we’ve been looking for! Backed almost entirely by Matt Olson’s two home run night (with an assist from Mark Canha’s home run in the seventh), the A’s roll the Angels by the final score of 7-2. Mike Fiers had a terrific start to win his eighth on the year, and bullpen work by Wang, Petit, Buchter, and Trivino held the lead and got the A’s the win.

With the win, the A’s stay seven back of the Astros.

It was glorious.

In a balmy summer evening in Anaheim, the A’s, minus slugger Khris Davis, took the field against the Angels after last night’s boring loss; we held our collective breaths for the early game; I mean is there anything worse than losing to the Angels?

The A’s were on the board before the first inning ended, thanks to a two-run, two-out home run by Matt Olson; his 15th on the year. Staked to a 2-0 lead early, Fiers was bailed out by Robbie Grossman’s nice catch in the bottom of the first and just never stopped getting outs.

The A’s would pad their lead in the top of the third as again with two outs, Canha singled and Chapman walked in front of Matt Olson’s 16th home run of the year, and his second of the night. Have a night, Matty!

The 5-0 lead was more than enough for Fiers, who cruised to the sixth inning, where he had his only real hiccup of the night, allowing a single, a wild pitch and a RBI single to allow the Angels on the board. He finished the inning with a flourish; his fourth strikeout, and left the game with the lead.

The A’s would immediately pad it one more time after a Semien single and a Mark Canha homer, giving the A’s the 7-1 lead, and although the Angels would threaten in the seventh and score one more in the ninth, the game was never in question.

The A’s try to keep it rolling tomorrow as Anderson, this time Brett, takes the mound against Tyler Skaggs. The game is at 7:07 again. We’ll see you back here with all the action!