Series Recap 6/23-6/26 vs OAK

Thursday 6/23: L 5-4

Tim Lincecum‘s debut at Angel Stadium didn’t go as planned as he was done after 3 innings. Some shaky Angels defense didn’t help(errors from Mike Trout and Yunel Escobar in the 2nd inning) but Lincecum struggled to throw quality strikes and locate his pitches. “The Freak” allowed 7 hits and 4 runs in his 3 innings of work while striking out 2 and walking 2. The Angels bullpen did a nice job relieving Lincecum, tossing 6 innings of 1 run ball while striking out 2 batter and walking 1. Marcus Semien and Khris Davis each had home runs that were the big blows against the Angels pitching.

The Angels offense kept the team in the game but couldn’t get that last run that they needed. They had 10 hits on the game, including 3 doubles and they received a 2 run 9th inning home run from rookie Jett Bandy. The game was delayed about 10 minutes with 2 outs in the 9th when Jefry Marte‘s bat flew back and knocked home plate umpire Paul Emmel in the head. He needed to leave the game and his eventual replacement only had to watch 1 pitch as Marte popped up to end the game.

Friday 6/24: L 7-4

A poor performance from Jered Weaver and Fernando Salas doomed the Angels Friday night as they lost their 5th straight game. Weaver allowed 8 hits and 4 runs in his 4.2 innings of work and was constantly getting hit hard throughout the night. He struck out 4 batters, 3 more than he struck out in his shutout the previous start, but he didn’t avoid hard contact outside of those strikeouts. Tied at 4 in the 8th inning, Fernando Salas continued his struggles as he left a 0-2 fastball up in the zone to Khris Davis, who hit a 3 run shot to center field. That was all the A’s needed to secure a victory.

The Angels offense did enough to again to possibly win a game but the poor pitching denied that chance. Albert Pujols crushed a 2 run shot in the 1st inning, which ended up being the only Angels extra base hit of the ballgame. The team did have 11 hits, including a 3 hit effort from Johnny Giavotella and 2 hit game from Mike Trout. The team was poor with their situation hitting as they went 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

Saturday 6/25: L 7-3

The bad starting pitching and bullpen performance continued Saturday for the Angels as they lost their 6th straight ballgame. Jhoulys Chacin walked 4 and struck out no batters in his poor 4.2 inning outing. He allowed 6 hits and 4 runs and had a very poor 54.8% strike rate that sabotaged his night. The bullpen wasn’t much better as the collective group allowed 6 hits and 3 runs in 4.1 innings of work. Mike Morin struggled mightily, giving up all 3 of those runs while only getting 2 outs.

The middle of the Angels lineup did plenty of damage but received no help outside of them. Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each hit solo home runs and combined for 8 hits but the rest of the lineup only had 5 hits and 1 extra base hit. The loss dropped the Angels to an ugly 31-44 on the season.

Sunday 6/26: W 7-6

The Angels avoided a winless week by pulling off a big comeback against the A’s, winning their 1st game of the week. Trailing 6-2 late, the Angels got a 2 run homer from Mike Trout to bring it within 2 runs. Jefry Marte and Andrelton Simmon’s RBI singles tied the ball game. In the 9th inning, Jefry Marte lifted a game winning sac fly with the bases loaded to avoid a complete disaster of a week. This was a much needed win for a ball club that’s been in a tailspin.

The game started off well for the Angels as they held a 2-1 lead for the first 3 innings. Disaster struck Hector Santiago in the 4th inning as Coco Crisp crushed a hanging curve ball for a grand slam and Marcus Semien followed with a solo shot off a badly located fastball. It looked like the Angels would slowly fade away in the game but the team scored 5 times in the last 3 innings to secure a win in the series.

Series Notes

Runs Scored: 18

Runs Against: 25

Series MVP: Coco Crisp(5 hits 6 runs 6 RBI)

Series LVP: Fernando Salas(Allowed go ahead 3 run homer Saturday night)

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