Angels are no match for Athletics’ Bartolo Colon in 6-0 loss
Two well-pitched, crisply played victories Friday and Saturday night yielded to an unsightly Sunday for the Angels, who put together an all-around clunker in a 6-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
The Angels didn’t pitch well. Jerome Williams (5-6) was tagged for six runs, four earned, and eight hits in five innings and has given up 21 earned runs and 26 hits in 13 innings of his last four starts.
They didn’t hit much of anything. Bartolo Colon, the Athletics’ rotund right-hander who won an American League Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005, threw his third shutout this season, giving up four hits, striking out five and walking one, to improve to 13-3 with a 2.52 earned-run average.
And they threw the ball all over the field, committing three errors in a loss that prevented the Angels from a three-game sweep and dropped them 10 games behind the A’s.
“Overall, it was a good series,” first baseman Mark Trumbo said, “but today wasn’t great.”
Much of that can be attributed to Colon, 40, who was popped with a 50-game suspension after he tested positive for testosterone in August but continues to baffle hitters with a two-seam fastball that tails from left to right, sinks a bit and seems unlike any other.
“He has a ton of movement,” Trumbo said. “It’s tough to pick out a good pitch to hit because they all start at about the same place. You have to try to gauge where it’s going to end up, and a lot of times it’s on your fists.”
The Angels didn’t hit many balls hard, though Albert Pujols sent Chris Young to the wall in the seventh inning, the center fielder making a leaping catch to rob Pujols of a home run.
A two-on, one-out threat in the third inning ended with J.B. Shuck’s double-play grounder. After one-out singles by Shuck and Mike Trout in the ninth, Colon struck out Pujols looking at a two-seamer on the outside corner and got Josh Hamilton to fly to left field.
“It’s tough to pick up the spin on his ball,” Trumbo said. “If you’re watching from the side, you might think, ‘The guy’s throwing in the upper 80s, we should be all over him.’ When you get in the box and experience it, you go away with a lot more respect for him.”
The fact that Colon felt a little queasy Sunday made his performance more remarkable.
“My stomach was bad,” Colon said. “My arm was good.”
The Angels’ defense was bad.
Eric Sogard hit a two-run home run in the third inning and singled to open the fifth. Coco Crisp dropped a bunt to third base that Alberto Callaspo had no play on, but that didn’t stop Callaspo from making a barehanded grab and throwing wildly past first base, an error that allowed Sogard to score and Crisp to advance to third. Crisp scored on Brandon Moss’ single for a 4-0 lead.
Josh Reddick opened the sixth with a single, Young walked, and on a double steal, catcher Chris Iannetta threw wide of third base, allowing Reddick to score and Young to move to third. Crisp followed with a chopper to Trumbo, who rushed a throw home that bounced past Iannetta as Young scored for a 6-0 lead.
“The errors factored in, no doubt,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Jerome’s line doesn’t look real healthy, but I thought he threw the ball well. He didn’t have a lot of luck, some hits fell in, and he didn’t get much defensive support.”
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