American League Game Summary - Oakland at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Thursday, April 11th)
Final Score: Oakland 8, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Yoenis
Cespedes added a solo blast to back eight stellar innings from A.J. Griffin as
the Oakland Athletics completed a rare road sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim with an 8-1 triumph on Thursday.
The A's have won eight straight since dropping their first two games of the
season and have matched the best start in club history set in 1992.
Oakland, which last earned a sweep at Angel Stadium in October 2001, banged
out 44 hits and scored 28 runs in the three-game series.
Seth Smith had four of the club's 16 hits Thursday and knocked in a run, Jed
Lowrie went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Chris Young contributed a two-run double
behind Griffin (2-0), who limited the Angels to one run on five hits to pick
up the victory.
"We were looking for an outing like that to give our bullpen a rest," A's
manager Bob Melvin said. "This was probably our best game all around."
Jason Vargas (0-1), in his first home start as an Angel, was charged with five
runs on 10 hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Howie Kendrick's RBI double was the only extra-bast hit for LA, which has an
AL-worst 2-7 record and is 0-3 at home for the first time since 1994.
Andy Parrino legged out a double to open the away third and scored on Lowrie's
two-out single to give Oakland the early lead.
The Angels got their run in the fourth inning, which started with Albert
Pujols flying out to the deepest park of the park. Following the long out,
Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo each singled prior to Kendrick sending one down
the left-field line to bring in Hamilton.
Griffin limited the damage by striking out Chris Iannetta and retiring Peter
Bourjos on a groundout to third, and the A's went ahead with a four-spot in
Donaldson provided two of the runs by sending a first-pitch breaking ball into
the left-field bullpen after Derek Norris reached on a one-out double.
Vargas was pulled later in the frame with two outs and runners on first and
second, and Young greeted Kevin Jepsen with a line drive that one-hopped off
the left-field wall. Seth Smith and Coco Crisp were both moving on the payoff
pitch and scored easily to extend the lead to 5-1.
Cespedes led off the seventh with a moonshot off Sean Burnett into the rocks
past the center-field wall, and two runners scored on Smith's hit in the ninth
-- one on an error by Kendrick.
The Angels did not record a hit after Kendrick's double.
"They took it to us, they played well," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Each player in the Oakland lineup had at least one hit ... The A's matched a
club record with 10 or more hits in eight consecutive games (August 22-30,
2002) ... This was the third time in Oakland history the A's have gone
undefeated on a road trip of six or more games ... The A's are 6-0 on the road
for the first time since 1990 ... Lowrie has reached base safely in all 10
games ... Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo left the game due to an
injured leg ... Hamilton had two of the Angels' five hits.
04/12 01:57:00 ET