As Brandon Moss’ second HR of the game (first of the day though…think about it for a second) sailed over the fence into the left field stands, you could practically feel two different dynamics taking place.
The A’s had overcome a late inning 5 run deficit and beaten the Los Angeles Angels in 19 innings.
The Athletics, who had been reeling recently and even dropped 8 out of 9 at one point, all of a sudden had new life. Brett Anderson, the scheduled starter who was scratched with a bum ankle, came out of the bullpen and delivered 5+ innings of 1-run ball to keep the A’s alive. Not to mention the fact that the A’s were down to their last out twice and still managed to keep tying the game.
Meanwhile, the underachieving Angels lost for their 5th time in 6 games in a game that they should have won multiple times and extended their miserable start. 6 of their 8 pitchers used gave up runs, while Hamilton and Trout combined to go 1-16. To make matters even worse, Bourjos left with an injury and Albert Pujols made an inexplicable error that kept them from winning the game in the 15th.
The loss drops the Angels to 9-16 and already 7 games out of first place.
While the win gives the A’s their 4th straight extra inning win to start the year and brings them to 15-12.
I know it is still early and there is still a lot of baseball to be played. However, this felt like one of those games that could possibly influence an entire season.
After the game, Brandon Moss said, “…I’m glad it’s over”.
The question is, was he talking about the game or the Los Angeles Angels season?
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