Nolasco Hits a Brick Wall

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Updated: September 7, 2016

Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Where to begin? It all started so well for Carlos Enrique Nolasco: a duplicate of his shutout performance against the Cincinnati Reds on August 31 – going the distance of 9 innings, allowing 4 hits, and striking out 7.

At one point, his performance was better than his previous start, retiring the first 16 batters and the last 28 batters overall; the no-no was broke up in the 6th inning when Ryon Healy singled to center to break up the no-no.

No worries — the A’s did not scored in the home half of the 6th, and they didn’t scored in the 7th. In the 8th, that’s when his luck and gas ran out. Here’s the official play-by-play:

Oakland – Bottom of 8th SCORE
RICKY NOLASCO PITCHING FOR ANAHEIM LAA OAK
Alonso walked in four pitches. 2 0
Butler singled to left, Alonso to second. 2 0
A. Alcántara ran for Butler. 2 0
Semien walked, Alonso to third, A. Alcántara to second. 2 0
MORIN RELIEVED NOLASCO. 2 0
Healy singled to right, Alonso scored, A. Alcántara to third, Semien to second. 2 1
Wendle singled to right, A. Alcántara and Semien scored, Healy to second. 2 3
Smolinski sacrificed to third, Healy to third, Wendle to second. 2 3
Vogt intentionally walked. 2 3
Valencia grounded into fielder’s choice to third, Healy out at home, Wendle to third, Vogt to second. 2 3
Davis struck out swinging. 2 3
Official scoring: 3 RUNS, 3 HITS, 0 ERRORS

Nolasco was doing oh, so very well, but we can admit that he pitch one too many innings, and cost the Angels the victory; then again, it would have been so cool to have witness back-to-back complete game shutouts for Ricky. Oh, and he was the losing pitcher for the Angels, while John Axford of the A’s is the victor of the game and Ryan Madson gets his 28th save.

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