How Sweep It Is; Angels giving the fans a show

Updated: September 28, 2016

The Angels are firing on all cylinders, winning 7 of their last 8 games, and it’s all thanks to the likelihood of Calhoun, Marté, and Robinson who help continue their dominant offense going.

However, the A’s draw first blood in the first and tried to rally to at least catch the Angels’ 8-run fourth, but fall short and dropped their record to 67-91; meanwhile, the Angels improved to 72-87 and is one game away to avoid their first 90-loss season since 1999.

The only issue for both teams? Neither starter on both teams reached the threshold of going 5 innings for a decision; therefore, Sonny Gray of the A’s and Alex Meyer of the Angels only went a combined 5 innings and neither were the factors in Wednesday’s game.

Gray pitched for the first time since August 6 when he was sidelined for a forearm injury, but he’ll be at full strength once the Spring Training ’17 begins; he concludes the season with just five wins. The winning pitcher belongs to A.J. Achter, who got his first win of 2016 and the first since he was with the Twins in 2014. Detwiler was the loser, as he drops to 2-4; J.C. Ramirez gets his second save of the season in six opportunities.

In the first inning, Stephen Vogt, Ryon Healy, and Yonder Alonso got the offense going with two doubles and a single to take first blood.

Angels’ Power Offense: In the home half of the fourth inning, the Angels flexed their offensive muscle with 8 runs, and of course, 8 is great! This is the Angels’ second consecutive night that they score big in the fourth inning, but it was Ross Detwiler who suffered the wrath with 8 runs in 2.2 innings of work; 7 of them are earned. Meanwhile, Marté got the offense started with his 13th double of the season and got the Parté going.

Calhoun’s 2-run home run [his 18th], Robinson’s 3rd double, Vandy’s 9th double, and Cron’s 24th double really killed the A’s in making sure that they stay in the cellar for the second consecutive year, meaning that the Angels will finish in fourth place.

Scary Rally: Khris Davis’ 41st home run then had their deficit to 4 in the A’s sixth inning. Two innings later, Healy reached on base via a free pass and Alonso got a single to have two on with one out.

That sets the tone for Danny Valencia… but he struck out. Two are away, but two are still threatening to score; that’s when Marcus Semien flex his muscle and hits it out of the park for the 27th time this season. Uh-oh! It’s a whole new ball game, as the A’s were down by two; however, that’s as close as they can get.

OUCH! Mike Trout had to leave in the eighth inning after taking a 96 mph pitch from John Axford to the left shoulder. The current MVP candidate was grimacing in pain and had to be taken out of the game, though he did tried to make an attempt in staying the game. Meanwhile, Ji-Man Choi pinch ran for him and was left stranded as the inning concludes. There will be a day off on Thursday, but the Angels return on Friday to play against the Astros; the Astros are 1 game away from elimination.

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