The Angels loaded the bases, without an out, on walks in the first inning of Wednesday’s series finale at the Oakland Coliseum. The Athletics’ manager, Bob Melvin, was one baserunner away from warming up a reliever behind struggling starter Andrew Triggs.
Twelve of Triggs’ first 14 pitches missed. And then he found the release point he sought and began to pound the strike zone, first striking out Luis Valbuena. The Angels produced a run with their second out, but could do no more with their remaining 25. They lost 3-1 to the Athletics.
“A lot of the game we left behind early,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “The first inning was big for us.”
Without Albert Pujols and the...