3 Things we learned from the Angels 7-6 win over the Oakland A’s

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Updated: April 4, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim did not learn from their mistakes last night as they got ahead early and once again let the bullpen let the lead slip away. However a 9th inning rally gave the Angels their first win of the season. What a game!!

Starter Matt Shoemaker did a great job even though he started slow from the start, but once he got his rhythm going no one was going to stop him.  final line from tonight in Oakland: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 99 P. Let’s take a look on what happened past that point.

  1. Martin Maldonado will give Carlos Perez a run for his money

Carlos Perez slowly won the hearts of some Angels fans last season as they were hoping to see more of him this season, however with the new signing of Maldonado and the performance he has done so far, watch out. He threw out two players on the base paths Tuesday night with ease.

Martin Maldonado with a 1.88 second pop time and 87.2 MPH on the throw to catch Rajai Davis stealing. Amazing. Maldonaldo also had 2 RBI’s for the Angels.

         2. Blake Parker will have some work to do

In 12 appearances this spring, Blake struck out 24 batters, including 17 straight to end the spring. Today he came into relief for starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker and continued to show his impressive ways, until he allowed a base runner.

After that he looked frazzled and un sure, a poor pitch resulted in a pass ball which allowed the runner to advance to second. Following that a single up the middle cut the Angels lead down to 1 as Parker could not finish the 7th Inning. Even though he had 3 strikeouts, it’s going to be a long road. His final stat line: 1.1 Innings, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 SO, 6.75 ERA.

           3. Danny Espinosa can hit dingers 

The game was pretty much over but that did not stop new Angel Danny Espinosa from showing off his big league swing. With the Angels down by two in the 9th, Espinosa hit a go-ahead three run home run to give the Angels a one run lead in the 9th.

In 2016 Espinosa hit .209/.306/.378 with 24 home runs and 72 RBI in 157 games. Espinosa’s 24 homers and 72 RBI were a career high for him. His first hit as an Angel was a home run that will never be forgotten.

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