ANAHEIM — A’s manager Bob Melvin had been waiting for the A’s offense to perform up to its potential. That potential was exceeded, but it still wasn’t enough.
The A’s came up short in a 13-9 loss to the Angels on Friday night in a game that felt more like a home run derby with a total of seven homers throughout the evening.
Defensive wizard Matt Chapman had already made a couple of spectacular plays on the night to protect what was an A’s lead for most of the night, but it was an error he made in the seventh inning that led to a crushing late blow.
With the Angels having already tied the game with two runs in the inning, Chapman made a short-hop throw to first on a Zack Cozart grounder that Matt Olson was unable to handle. Chapman was charged with the error to keep the inning alive, and after an intentional walk to Mike Trout, Blake Treinen surrendered a three-run homer to Justin Upton to give the Angels their first lead of the night at 12-9.
“It was a really good game, and the way it finished was definitely tough to swallow,” Chapman said. “Especially making a costly error.”
Usually a routine play, Chapman said he rushed the throw despite having plenty of time to make the play.
“I didn’t set
Article source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/06/as-five-home-runs-not-enough-in-loss-to-angels/
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