OAKLAND — Forks and knives scraping plates were all that broke the silence in the
It has become an all-too-familiar soundtrack on the days
Williams gave up four runs and five hits in the first two innings in the Oakland Coliseum on Friday night, and though he blanked the A's for the next three innings, the Angels couldn't dig out of the early hole, their ninth-inning comeback falling short when
The Angels are very tough to beat when ace
But Williams and Blanton have made it impossible for the Angels to sustain any kind of momentum. Williams is 0-4 with a 12.50 ERA in five July starts, and Blanton went 0-3 with an 8.84 ERA in four July starts before being demoted to the bullpen this week.
"You need five guys, and at times when we've had a little deeper look with some guys throwing the ball better, we started to put some things together," said Manager
"But it's tough to build momentum without the starting five doing what it can do. We need these guys to give us a chance to win when they take the ball, and at times it's been a little spotty."
The Angels got off to a great start Friday when
But Colon (14-3, 2.54 ERA) blanked the Angels on five hits over the next five innings, relievers
With a 6-2 lead, A's left-hander
Shuck popped out, and Trout struck out. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and
Williams (5-7) gave up a solo homer to
"I didn't execute a couple of pitches and got hurt by them," Williams said. "It's been a tough month, but all I can do is try to feed off the positives and throw away the negatives."