The lead in the
"We need to approach this just like you do any
They weren't at their best Friday, though, with the A's twice rallying from one-run deficits for a 5-3 win that narrowed the gap between the first-place Angels and second-place A's to just a game.
The loss also snapped a four-game winning streak for the Angels, who had won eight of their last nine, while for the A's the victory was their second in 11 days.
However the Angels, who haven't won in Oakland this season, didn't go quietly. For the first 82/3 innings their only offense came from solo homers by Mike Trout and
"I think there were a lot of good things on the field. And some things we didn't quite get done," Scioscia said. "We kept battling. Just couldn't get that last hit at the end."
Oakland erased its last deficit in the fifth inning when shortstop
That play may ultimately prove even more costly, though, because it started with pitcher
For the Angels, already smarting from the loss of ace
Afterward Santiago said the hand was still swollen and bruised, making it hard to hold a baseball.
"My breaking ball, I couldn't get a nice grip on it," he said. "Instead of going there and becoming a one-pitch guy.… I didn't want to do that. It's just a little bit of a bruise right now. Right now just ice and rest and it should be good to go."
After Santiago left, reliever
The Angels, meanwhile, are left to ponder how they can shore up their ailing rotation.
"There's not an open-all-night, 24-hour super store that provides starting pitchers on the drop of a dime," General Manager
Especially now that players must pass through waivers before they can be traded. One attractive option who reportedly has already cleared waivers is left-hander Jon Niese of the
"We'll do the best we can," Dipoto said. "And if there's a way on the market to come up with an upgrade we will."