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Game Thread #54: A’s vs. Angels

A’s won the first 2 games to guarantee a split at least

Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s won the first two contests in their four-game weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels, and now they’ll face off for the third time Saturday afternoon.

The Halos have scored only one run so far through the first two games. They were shut out by Chris Bassitt on Thursday, and then quieted by Sean Manaea and the A’s bullpen on Friday. Now they’ll have to contend with Frankie Montas, who struck out 11 batters in his last start against the Seattle Mariners but also gave up two homers along the way.

The Angels call on Alex Cobb to start. The right-hander was signed over the winter but has been slightly below-average so far, with a 93 ERA+ (4.78 ERA) and only one outing that registered as quality (exactly 6 innings and three runs against the White Sox in April). The 33-year-old last saw the A’s in 2018, as a member of the Orioles, tossing one quality start in a losing effort and then leaving his next game against them early due to a blister.

A’s lineup (home)

  1. CF Mark Canha (R)
  2. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. RF Seth Brown (L)
  5. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  6. DH Mitch Moreland (L)
  7. LF Chad Pinder (R)
  8. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  9. C Aramis Garcia (R)
  • RHP Frankie Montas

Day off for Lowrie and Murphy.

Angels lineup (away)

  1. LF Justin Upton (R)
  2. DH Shohei Ohtani (L)
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon (R)
  4. 1B Jared Walsh (L)
  5. CF Juan Lagares (R)
  6. RF Jose Rojas (L)
  7. 2B Keon Wong (L)
  8. C Anthony Bemboom (L)
  9. SS David Fletcher (R)
  • RHP Alex Cobb

Let’s Go Oakland!

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