ANAHEIM – Wow! What a series. It took 12 innings a night after it took 11, a victor was decided in dramatic, walk-off fashion. The Los Angeles Angels avoided a series sweep of the Oakland Athletics, with an extra inning, walk-off home run victory of 5-4.
All four runs for the Athletics came in the fourth inning. Alberto Callaspo brought the A’s first run home with an RBI double down the left field line. The former Angels infielder finished the day going 1-for-4. Brandon Moss followed Callaspo with a line drive shot to souvenir city in right field for a three-run home run. Moss finished the day going 1-for-3 with two walks.
Despite the rough fourth inning, Angels starter Tyler Skaggs had himself an effective outing. Skaggs threw 95 pitches, seven were hit, one hit out of the park. He totaled six innings of work, allowing four runs (earned) to cross the plate while giving three a free pass to first, and sitting two down by way of the K.
Opposite Skaggs was Tommy Milone who also went six innings on 95 pitches. Milone allowed three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out just one.
The Angels bullpen, consisting of Kevin Jepsen, Fernando Salas, Michael Kohn, Yoslan Herrera, and Joe Smith, combined to pitch six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and two walks, while striking out eight.
Drama mounted as the Angels trailed heading to the bottom of the ninth for the second straight day. But, for the second straight day, the Angels tied the game. Mike Trout singled with one-out and advanced to third quickly on an Albert Pujols single. If it wasn’t for the hustle of Howie Kendrick, the game would have been over. Kendrick sent a two hopper to third base, and beat out the potential, game-ending double play. During the play, Trout scored from third to tie the game at four, and to extra innings we went.
The game remained quiet for three extra innings until the bottom of the 12th. Chris Iannetta found a first pitch fastball to his liking and sent it to the deepest part of the field. Center fielder, Craig Gentry, leaped up to try and rob Iannetta of a home run, but missed by just inches as is glanced off his glove. Iannetta trotted home to meet his teammates and was smothered in walk-off fashion, as he lifted the Angels to a 5-4 win over the Athletics.
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
Athletics, 4 Angels, 5
W – Joe Smith (1-0, 5.14)
L – Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 2.16)
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