Angels pull away for 10-7 win over Oakland Athletics
The man making his major league debut for the Oakland Athletics on Monday was, as the first Angel to be hit by one of his pitches, Mike Trout, put it, “excited.”
Right-hander Raul Alcantara’s excitement was represented by wildness. He drilled Trout with a fastball, then Jefry Marte, then Jett Bandy, as the Angels in the dugout started to shout. Manager Mike Scioscia stated his case to the umpires after his team scored three runs in the first inning.
“Alcantara’s obviously not trying to hit guys, but he hit three of our guys,” Scioscia said. “I think you want pitches in a decent zone.”
The Angels saw plenty of those thereafter. The top four hitters in their lineup notched nine hits and the team 14, reaching base 20 times in all in a 10-7 victory at the Oakland Coliseum. Trout made one out in five plate appearances, his major league-leading on-base percentage rising to a career-high .443.
Trout also had a stolen base, his 23rd, bringing him within a far reach of the vaunted 30-homer, 30-steal feat he managed once before, in 2012. He said 30 stolen bases was “a good goal.”
“I’m gonna be aggressive the last four weeks,” Trout said.
Jered Weaver started. In his last start at Oakland, he delivered his best game of his season against an aggressive A’s lineup. They were again aggressive Monday; Marcus Semien led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and Danny Valencia promptly laced a two-run home run into the left-field stairway.
In the third, Valencia lined a ball back at Weaver, who was hit in what he described as the “hip/bone/butt area.” An inning later, he was lifted after giving up five runs and making 83 pitches.
“It just kind of went dead there in the last inning,” he said. “My command was already a little off to begin with, and that just added to it.”
Asked if it was sore after the game, Weaver said it felt “more like I sat on the toilet too long.”
Not quite two weeks ago, the Angels were tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the third-worst record in the majors. There are now nine teams with worse records, including the A’s, meaning the Angels are on pace to pick 10th in the 2017 MLB draft. Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, only the top 10 picks are protected when signing free agents who turned down qualifying offers.
So, if another team sinks below the Angels, it could complicate their effort to recruit a top talent.
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