The Oakland A’s beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by the final score 9-5 at the O.Co Coliseum in the first game of a three-game series between the two A.L. West rivals.
The A’s were catapulted to the victory thanks in part to a strong start where they scored five runs in the first inning which led to nine total for the game. Brandon Moss got Oakland on the board early when he hit a grand slam to put his team up 4-0 before even recording an out in the bottom of the first inning. The fifth run scored in the first came on a bases loaded walk with Coco Crisp at bat which scored Jed Lowrie.
The pitcher who allowed all of these runs for the Angels, Garret Richards, was chased after the fifth run and didn’t make it out of the first inning ending a very quick night for the righty.
Oakland would go on to score once in both the second and third innings as well with Josh Donaldson driving in both runs, one on a solo home run and the other on a base hit. At that point the game was 7-0 after just three innings. He would finish the evening with 4 RBI’s, which matched Moss on the night.
On the other side of things Drew Pomeranz, who was gifted a quick 7-0 lead, took advantage and earned his fifth win of the season. Five runs on four hits, including three walks, is not the greatest pitching line, but it was definitely good enough to secure the win this evening with the A’s offense playing well.
Pomeranz exited the game in the sixth inning after giving up runs four and five for the Angels on a two-run double. At that point the game was 9-5 and Bob Melvin wanted to stop the bleeding before things started to get too interesting.
That decision proved to be a good one, as afterward the Oakland A’s bullpen stepped up and kept Anaheim off the scoreboard with Dan Otero, Luke Gregerson, and Sean Doolittle combining for 3.2 innings of shutout ball.
Also, Moss ended up leaving the game with tightness in his calf and was replaced in the bottom of the third inning by a pinch-hitter.
Tomorrow the series continues at with another evening game and left-hander Tommy Milone (3-3, 3.50 ERA) set to take the mound.