Friday, February 1, 2013

Oakland 2 of 3 from California in Opening Series

In Game 1 from Angels Stadium, A's starter Rick Langford was masterful. He held the Angels to 5 hits across 7 innings, allowing 1 run and walking no one. Tony Armas hit a homer in the 4th off Angels starter Frank Tanana, the A's scratched out a run in the 6th, and DH Gary Alexander hit a homer in the 7th to ice the game. Tanana was good, striking out 8 and yielding only 4 hits in a complete game effort, but Langford was better.

In Game 2, the Angels sent start hurler Nolan Ryan to the mound opposite Matt Keough. Ryan's had the express working, striking out 14 in 8 innings. The Angels used 12 hits to generate 5 runs, providing more than enough for the dealing Ryan. Angels rf Rick Miller had 3 hits to lead the Angels charge. In a foreshadowing, A's lf Miguel Dilone went 2 for 4 and stole 2 bases, as Angels catcher Terry Humphrey had no chance to throw him out.

In Game 3, Alan Wirth went for the A's opposite right hander Chris Knapp. Knapp gave up 3 walks in the 1st, and the A's stole 2 bases in the inning (Dilone again!) as the A's led off with 2 runs. The Angels came right back in the bottom of the inning, as Wirth walked 3 of what would eventually be 10 walks  yielded to the Angels. The Angels got to Wirth for another 4 runs in the 5th, and things looked bright for a series winning effort. However, Dyar Miller and Paul Hartzell couldn't hold the lead, and the A's tied the game in the top of the 8th. The game went into extras, and Oakland promptly got to Hartzell again as Adams walked, was sacrificed to 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a right side grounder, and scored on Miguel Dilone's single. The Angels failed to threaten in the bottom of the 10th, and Elias Sosa picked up his 2nd save of the young season.

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