American League Game Summary - Oakland at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Thursday, April 19th)
Final Score: Oakland 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Kurt Suzuki and Kila Ka'aihue each knocked in a
run as Oakland downed the Angels, 4-2, to wrap up a four-game set at Angel
Tommy Milone (2-1) allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk through five
innings for Oakland, which won its third straight game despite recording just
Grant Balfour faced the minimum in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save of
"Tonight, we were able to put the pressure on them. They made mistakes and we
scored runs," said Milone.
Albert Pujols hit three doubles and scored a run for the Angels, who have lost
three straight and seven of their last nine.
C.J. Wilson (2-1) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on two hits and three
walks while striking out eight in six innings to suffer the loss.
Oakland struck first in the second inning when Seth Smith worked a two-out
walk before rounding the bases on Suzuki's double into the left-field corner.
The Athletics then added three runs in the fourth to increase their lead.
After Yoenis Cespedes and Jonny Gomes worked back-to-back walks to start the
frame, Smith hit a dribbler down the third-base line when he connected on a
Wilson charged the ball, but his throw to first was short and skipped past the
bag, allowing both Cespedes and Gomes to score on the throwing error. Ka'aihue
singled in Smith two batters later to make it a 4-0 game.
"[Wilson] pitched well except for the two walks in the fourth. He gave us a
chance to win," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We cracked the door open
for them with errors in the field."
The Angels, though, cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fourth when
Pujols led off with a double, moved to third on a Torii Hunter groundout and
then came home on Vernon Wells' two-bagger to left.
Mark Trumbo followed with an RBI single and later moved to third with two
outs, but Peter Bourjos grounded out to short to keep the score 4-2.
The Angels threatened again in the sixth inning after Fautino De Los Santos
started the frame in relief of Milone and walked Trumbo before Chris Iannetta
slapped a single through the right side of the infield to place runners on the
But Jordan Norberto then took the bump and induced a bouncer to third for a
fielder's choice that kept Trumbo on the bag. Bourjos stepped up next and went
down swinging, and Maicer Izturis followed with a groundout to short to spoil
The Angels also stranded a runner on second in the seventh inning, and Pujols
reached first with one out in the ninth inning on Josh Donaldson's throwing
error before Hunter hit into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Pujols became the first Angel to hit three doubles in a game since Chone
Figgins accomplished the feat in 2009. He also extended his hit streak to
nine games...Angels shortstop Erick Aybar, who committed two errors in the
game, signed a four-year contract extension with the Angels earlier
Thursday...The Angels went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left
11 men on base.
04/20 02:23:37 ET