ANAHEIM — Not only did the Oakland A’s drop a second straight at Angel Stadium, they may have lost another pitcher in the process.
Sean Manaea exited after just two innings with what was described as left shoulder tightness. He allowed three second-inning runs and frequently sat at 88-90 mph on his fastball, rather than his usual 92-94.
Manaea, who allowed three runs in the second inning, was the losing pitcher in the A’s 8-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
The A’s led 2-0 on Yonder Alonso’s first-inning single and had a chance to break the game open in the second, but could not score despite two doubles. Matt Joyce was thrown out at third by Jefry Marte after a Yunel Escobar error. Joyce appeared to beat the throw, but the A’s did not challenge.
Danny Espinosa’s RBI double scored Marte in the bottom of the second. Cameron Maybin singled in Espinosa to tie the game and Martin Maldonado’s RBI double, aided by a poorly-executed dive by Jaff Decker, gave the Angels a 3-2 lead.
Neglecting to challenge once again hurt the A’s in the fifth. Mike Trout singled and stole second, but Adam Rosales clearly tagged Trout before he reached the base. Trout immediately scored on Albert Pujols’ RBI single.
Liam Hendriks escaped a jam with runners on second and third with one out, and Alonso’s sixth-inning solo shot off Yusmeiro Petit cut the deficit to 4-3, but the Angels scored four runs off Ryan Dull in the bottom of the seventh to break the game open.
Matt Joyce hit his second homer of the year in the eighth inning, a two-run shot off Deolis Guerra.
After playing nine innings in two and a half hours last night and 11 innings in 3:12, Wednesday’s game took three and a half hours.
The loss was the A’s fifth consecutive defeat in Anaheim and their eighth in their last nine contests in Orange County. In the first of those losses, the A’s held a 6-2 lead in the seventh inning with a chance of a four-game sweep on June 26, 2016.MLB