A 5-4 loss to the
“These guys are not dwelling on where we’ve been,” Manager
"They prepare for the game as well as any club I've ever seen. They don't use excuses. There's nobody in that room looking around at some of the guys who aren't there. They know what's left in that room is still a good team, and we will play better."
The Angels are at least showing some fight. They rallied in the ninth inning when
Pinch-hitter Jefry Marte swung through Doolittle's first pitch and lost control of his bat, which struck home plate umpire Paul Emmel on the top of the head. Emmel began bleeding profusely, left the game and was taken to a hospital for stitches, with third base umpire Quinn Wolcott taking over behind the plate.
Marte popped out to second on the next pitch to end the game, the Angels falling to 31-42 on the season and 7-14 in June.
"We just can't seem to play a complete game," Gia-votella said. "We pitch well and don't put any runs on the board. We put runs on the board, and we don't pitch well. We have to play better defense. When we start figuring things out, start playing as a team and putting everything together, we will be really good. But until then, we can't get discouraged."
Lincecum's second start with his new club did not go nearly as well as his first, when he limited the A's to one run and four hits in six innings of Saturday's 7-1 win in Oakland. He lasted three innings, allowing four runs and seven hits, striking out two and walking two and running his pitch count to 83.
The right-hander said a mechanical problem with his shoulder caused his pitches to flatten out. He also became too one-dimensional in his approach, stubbornly sticking to a fastball-changeup combination and ignoring his slider and curve.
"There's no doubt that Tim wasn't quite as sharp," Scioscia said. "He had to work for every strike, and 83 pitches in three innings … that's a lot."
The Angels pulled to within 4-2 in the fourth when Mike Trout singled, C.J. Cron doubled and Gia-votella blooped a run-scoring single to shallow center. Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Bandy hit a sacrifice fly.
Oakland made it 5-2 in the fifth on Khris Davis' 17th homer. Kendall Graveman gave up two runs and eight hits in 62/3 innings to snap the A's 17-game streak without a win from a starting pitcher, the second-longest in Oakland history.