Angels bemoan 19-inning defeat
Chris Iannetta noted nothing valiant about catching all 19 innings of the Angels’ 10-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Monday night, not when the lasting image from that grueling night of work was the A’s swarming home plate to celebrate Brandon Moss’ game-winning two-run home run to right field.
“It’s a loss, and it stinks,” Iannetta said. “You never want to lose, especially when you have every opportunity to win. We had a five-run lead and that disappeared. We scored a run to go ahead in the 15th and made errors and lost the lead. You want to win, especially when you play that long.”
The 6-hour 32-minute game, which ended at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday, was the longest in terms of time in Angels history, and it fell one inning shy of the franchise record for innings. The teams combined to use 40 players and throw 597 pitches.
It went so long that Angels right-hander Jerome Williams entered in the 10th inning and could have gotten credit for a quality start -- he gave up one unearned run and four hits in six innings, struck out two and threw 73 pitches.
It went so long that A’s left-hander Brett Anderson had enough time to heal from the ankle injury that caused him to be scratched from Monday night’s start -- he entered in the 13th and threw 51/3 innings, giving up one run and three hits.
The Angels, who blew a 7-2, seventh-inning lead, nearly ended it in the 15th when J.B. Shuck drew a bases-loaded walk from Anderson to force in Brendan Harris for an 8-7 lead. Harris had doubled in the inning.
But an error by first baseman Albert Pujols, who dropped a rushed throw from Howie Kendrick after the second baseman bobbled Josh Donaldson’s leadoff grounder in the 15th, opened the door for the A’s.
Derek Norris walked, and after Chris Young grounded into a double play, Adam Rosales hit a single to center field to tie the score, 8-8.
Michael Kohn threw a perfect 16th and 17th innings for the Angels, but Moss connected against Barry Enright in the 19th for the victory.
“It’s frustrating when you don’t put those last outs together and hold leads,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We just couldn’t finish it off.”
The Angels lost more than a game. They lost center fielder and leadoff batter Peter Bourjos, who was hitting .313, to a left hamstring strain, an injury he suffered when he crossed the first base bag on an 11th-inning bunt.
Bourjos was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, becoming the eighth Angels regular to go on the DL this month.
“It stinks, especially when you’re swinging the bat so well,” Bourjos said after the game. “It’s pretty sore. I have no idea how long I’ll be out.”
The loss merely added insult to injury.
“You play this long into the night and come out on the wrong end
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BY THE NUMBERS
A numerical look at the Angels’ 10-8, 19-inning loss to
Oakland on Monday night.
392 game time in minutes, longest in Angels history
597 pitches thrown -- 300 by the A’s (188 strikes) and 297 by the Angels (185 strikes)
11,668 announced attendance (600 was estimated crowd at game’s end)
40 players used ( 21 A’s, 19 Angels)
16 pitchers used; eight by each team
9 at-bats by Howie Kendrick, Brendan Harris and Jed Lowrie, the first time three players have had nine at-bats in the same game since Aug. 31, 1993
8 Combined strikeouts by Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss
7 Angels starters playing all 19 innings
4 players who left the game because of injuries: The Angels’ Peter Bourjos and Luis Jimenez; Oakland’s Coco Crisp and Chris Young
0 Hits for Josh Hamilton in eight at-bats, dropping his average to .202
1:41 a.m. Time when game ended on Moss’ second home run
* BOX SCORE, C6