Mike Morin Loses It in Extras, Angels Fall 8-6 Against Oakland

Updated: August 4, 2016

Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Making his first start as a member of the Angels, Ricky Nolasco faced off against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on Thursday. Angels fans have been waiting to see Nolasco in uniform ever since he was picked up from the Twins along with Alex Meyer in exchange for Hector Santiago and Alan Busenitz on Monday. For the Athletics, Jesse Hahn took the mound looking for his third win of the season.

In his first inning for the Angels, Nolasco looked solid except for one mistake. He struck out two batters on his breaking balls, but gave up a solo home run to Max Muncy on his fastball. Muncy’s dinger was the only hit of the first inning.

The second inning was an exciting one for the Angels. Nolasco was flawless in the top of the inning. He got three quick outs and looked pretty confident on the mound. In the bottom half of the inning, the Angels got on the scoreboard. Ji-Man Choi ripped a line drive home run into the right field seats for his third big fly of the season. Hahn walked the next two batters, but got out of the inning without giving up any other runs. The game was tied at 1-1 after two innings.

Oakland got back on top in the third inning. Rookie Ryon Healy crushed a home run to left field off of Nolasco to make it 2-1 Athletics. Healy went to the University of Oregon and made his major league debut in July. Their lead did not last long though. Andrelton Simmons hit a RBI single to right field to tie the game up, and then Choi smashed his second line drive home run of the game that brought in three runs and gave the Angels a 5-2 lead.

It was not a good fourth inning for Nolasco. Danny Valencia hit a solo shot to cut the lead to two runs, and later in the inning, Marcus Semien brought in a run to put more pressure on Nolasco. To make his inning even worse, Nolasco threw a terrible wild pitch that allowed Yonder Alonso to score, tying the game up at 5-5.

The fifth and sixth inning were highlighted by two amazing defensive plays. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Choi hit a deep ball to left field that would have been his third home run of the game, but Coco Crisp leaped up and robbed the ball at the wall. Gold Glover Kole Calhoun did not let that slide, and he made an outstanding catch of his own at the warning track to steal Alonso of a double in the sixth inning.

Nolasco was solid in the fifth and sixth inning as he sat down all six batters that he faced, but overall it was a tough debut for him. Jhoulys Chacin came in for the seventh inning, and he had a rough inning. Chacin walked two batters and gave up a double to Crisp that brought in a run to give the Athletics a 6-5 lead.

In the top of the eighth inning, Khris Davis was ejected for arguing a strikeout call, so that was pretty funny. Home plate ump Eric Cooper was not having it with Davis, who was screaming at Cooper on the way back to the locker room. In addition, Chacin had a nice 1-2-3 inning to make up for his not-so-good seventh inning.

The Angels had something brewing in the bottom of the eighth inning. After Jefry Marte and Jett Bandy hit singles, Mike Trout came in as a pinch hitter for Cliff Pennington. John Axford did not want to test Trout and walked him, and then Johnny Giavotella pinch hit for Shane Robinson. Giavotella hit a grounder to Alonso, who bobbled the ball at first base and threw it home to get the force out, but Marte made it home safely. With the bases still loaded up and only one out, Yunel Escobar and Calhoun both popped out.

Neither team could get a run across the plate in the ninth inning, so the game headed to extra innings. The Athletics got a couple of runners on base in the tenth inning, and Alonso hit a double in the gap off of Mike Morin to make it 7-6. The mayhem did not stop there as Semien hit a RBI single, which added another run and made it 8-6. Ryan Dull came in for the bottom of the tenth inning and closed out the game for the Athletics.

After blowing the game for the Angels, Morin (2-2) received the loss and his ERA jumped to 5.20 for the season. The Angels (49-59) take on the Seattle Mariners tomorrow at 7:10 P.M.

Jake Wilson is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter

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