American League Game Summary - Oakland at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Monday, April 16th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Oakland 0
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Kendrys Morales hit his first home run in
nearly two years and finished 3-for-4 with four RBI, carrying the Angels to a
6-0 victory over the AL West-rival Athletics in the opener of a four-game set.
Morales' homer was his first since May 29, 2010, the day the budding slugger
celebrated a game-ending grand slam by jumping on home plate and subsequently
suffering a knee injury that threatened to cut his career short.
His efforts overshadowed Jered Weaver's 6 2/3 shutout innings. Weaver (2-0)
allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out six for the Angels, who
were coming off a 2-4 road trip.
"They have four guys that they feel could pitch at the top of the rotation,
and Weaver is one of the elite pitchers," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Brandon McCarthy (0-2) surrendered five runs on 11 hits over seven-plus
innings in Oakland's third straight loss.
Howie Kendrick and Albert Pujols each singled with one away in the first
inning, and Morales brought them both home by hammering an 0-2 offering that
barely cleared the wall in left-center,
Weaver set down the first 11 batters he faced and stranded a runner in scoring
position in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.
Kevin Jepsen relieved Weaver with two on and two outs in the seventh and
escaped unscathed, while Scott Downs worked around a two-out double in the
The Angels added to their 3-0 lead with three more in the eighth. Pujols came
around on Morales' double to right, and Andrew Carignan issued three straight
walks and uncorked a wild pitch to score two more.
LaTroy Hawkins struck out Jemile Weeks with the bases loaded in the ninth to
finish off the shutout.
Weaver, in his seventh season, reached the 1,000-strikeout plateau with his
sixth punchout...The A's have yet to produce double-digit hits in a game this
year -- their longest ever stretch to start a season...Oakland went 0-for-8
with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.
04/17 02:10:10 ET