The starting pitchers had combined to throw 155 pitches in a scoreless tie into the sixth inning Monday. Much of the typically fierce Oakland Coliseum crowd had been lulled to sleep, the same state the Angels' offense occupied for the season's first week.
And then, at once, the game between the Angels and Oakland Athletics came alive.
On three pitches, the Angels had three runs. There would be only one more for each team, as the Angels secured a comfortable 4-1 victory and moved to 3-4 on the budding season behind a solid start from young Nick Tropeano.
“Tropeano and Sonny were cruising,” Trout said. “We were just trying to get something started.”
Said Angels Manager
Tropeano turned in the best start the Angels have had in 2016, striking out six Athletics while walking two and scattering six hits in five innings. The 25-year-old right-hander is in the majors only because left-hander
He exited Monday's start after walking
Smith permitted the lone run on two singles before Street quickly warmed, entered and recorded the final out for the save. Until the ninth, it was an altogether smooth affair, considering the Angels had to face Oakland's ace in the first game of a three-city, 10-game trip. They won't face another accomplished starter in Oakland or Minnesota until at least Sunday.
During their season-opening six-game homestand, the Angels mustered only 12 runs. It seemed their offensive woes would continue until the sixth-inning outburst.
Trout worked his fifth walk of the young season in the first inning but was stranded after
The Angels botched an Oakland hit-and-run in the third inning.