Pujols Go-Ahead Line Driver Edges the A’s

Updated: September 27, 2016

The Anaheim Angels are ending a disastrous 2016 season on a winning note, with another Halo victory to bump up to their 70th victory of the season and bumping the Athletics one step closer to losing 90 games for the second consecutive season. Unfortunately for Jered David Weaver, he pitched for exactly five innings and threw 71 pitches only to have his back given out.

He did, however, retired the first fourteen, and he owns the A’s in his career, but Deolis Alexander Guerra could not hold the slim 1-0 lead, as he gave the equalizer by Stephen Guy Vogt’s 13th home run of the season and his 54th runs batted in; Vogt went 1 for 4. Ouch, but that’s the only offense that the A’s got.

Sean Anthony Manaea pitched 7 innings, but had nothing to show for, even though he only gave up one run in four hits plus one batter reaching base on balls; only three strikeout that he has made. So who was the only one that reached base on balls? If you watched the game, it was Michael Nelson Trout who reached a pass in the first inning, but he hit his 29th home run in the fourth inning, which draws the Angels first blood.

Trout’s Offensive Stats: Trout, too, owns the A’s, hitting .433 (26-for-60) with five homers and 11 RBIs in 16 games against the A’s this season. His two walks sets his personal best with 112 walks this season, and is one away from tying the single season record that stands since 1995; that belongs to the late-Keith Anthony Phillips, who suffered a fatal heart attack on February 17 of this year.

Moments That Matter: Fast forward to when the bases are full of Halos in the home half of the 8th inning. Escobar, Calhoun, and Trout are on base via the single, double, and intentional walk respectively. That’s when the mighty Albert Pujols steps up to the plate. Ryan Dull made two pitches against Pujols, and after the 1-0 count, Pujols made contact and grounds softly, where Dull grab the ball and flip it to first baseman Yonder Alonso; however, Escobar’s speed made the difference in scoring the Angels’ second run.

That’s all that Andrew Bailey need, as he dialed in team shut down and picking up his 6th save in 7 tries and his 95th career save in 113 chances. The winner is Juan Carlos Romero, as he improves to 3-4 this season [he is 4-7 overall in his 2+ year career]; the loser belongs to Dull, and what a dull moment that he did to load up the Angels. Dull drops to 5-5 this season and 6-7 in his two-year career.

Playing with a Heavy Heart: Of course, following the tragedy that killed three people, including José D. Fernández, there was one notable player who honored the late-pitcher, and that was Yunel Escobar Almenares, who wore two black ink on his face, featuring the initials “JF” on his right side and the number 16 on his left. He is from Havana, and Fernández was born in Santa Clara. On Sunday, he was a late scratch before the start of the game against the Houston Astros, who won 4-1 in a four-game series finale. He requested to go to Miami to honor and pay his respects to his fallen countryman. Fernández was 24 years old, and leaves behind his mother, grandmother, his girlfriend, and their unborn child. Descanse tranquillo, José.


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