It’s a Marté Parté for The Angels; Nolasco Continues to Shine in His Final Start of 2016

Updated: September 28, 2016

The Angels were flexing their muscles in making sure that they will not have another 2-1 game in back-to-back nights, though us fans do not mind a good drama. Of course, there was no drama; just excitement and enthusiasm for many fans who witnessed a 7th-heaven in the home half of the 4th inning, which game Daniel Mengden [the best mustache since Rollie Fingers had] an early exit with 3 innings and surrendering all 8 earned runs on 9 hits. Mengden falls to 2-9 with a 6.50 ERA. The Angels’ 7-run fourth and 8 runs were more than enough for another win, and would be one step closer to avoid their first ninety loss season in this millennia; meanwhile, the A’s fall to 67-90 and are more likely to stay in the cellar before the season concludes this Sunday.

Power On: Mike Trout singles on a sharp line drive to right field to send Yunel Escobar from second to home in giving the Angels first blood… again. Trout went 1/3 with a free pass, but with his RBI in the first gives him 99 and is 1 away from his second season with 100 RBIs. In the fourth, that’s when they really did damage: the Angels hit for a cycle, thanks in part of Kole Calhoun’s 33rd double, C.J. Cron’s single, Jefrey Marté’s grand slam, and Kole Calhoun’s fifth triple — yes, he went 2 for 2 in that inning and 3 for 3 overall, plus two runs and 1 RBI. However, Marté made a major damage with his first career grand slam. Call it the Marté Parté, and what a party the Angel fans were having on Tuesday night.

FOOTNOTE: With that walk in the fourth inning, Trout has now tied for the most walks in a season that set back in 1995 by the late-Keith Anthony Richards. He could take over Richards if he gets at least one more walk in the final four games of the season.

Another Dominant Start: Ricky Nolasco does it again and nearly went the distance by going 8 innings, and although he only strike out 4 batters, he only allowed 1 run on 4 hits and surrendered 2 A’s to reach base on balls; however, his commanding was excellent, which gave the A’s more frustration and free falling to reach 90 losses for the second consecutive season. Unfortunately, he will end his 2016 season with a losing overall record of 8-14 with a 4.42 ERA, but since the trade on August 1, he went 4-6 with a respectable 3.21 ERA [26 earned runs in 73 innings]. Nolasco also has 51 K’s and 15 bases on balls in his 11 starts as an Angel, and his stint is a very good one.

A’s Power Outage: Only 2 runs and nine hits that the Athletics have mustered during the first two games in this series, and was held to 1 or no runs for the last five of seven games. Such notable players like Khris Davis, Yonder Alonso and Marcus Semien, who are power and dominant hitters, are all hitless in this series, while Ryon Healy can’t be slowed, with four hits in these first two games — including three on Tuesday. As a team, the A’s rank last in the American League in runs (632, or 4 runs per game).

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