Rare homer allowed by Lou Trivino costly as A’s fall to Angels

ANAHEIM — The last time the A’s played a series at Angel Stadium, things were just a little bit different.

Ohtani-Mania was at its peak, as the Japanese nearly tossed a perfect game against them. Boog Powell was the A’s starting center fielder at the time, and Kendall Graveman their No. 1 starter. The A’s are much-improved now, but their struggles in the division remained in Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Angels.

Brett Anderson was given a nice three-run cushion before he even took the mound and made it stick as he turned in five quality innings of two-run ball. He was pulled after five at just 63 pitches for rookie sensation Lou Trivino, who has been lights out all year. Even with the the ridiculously low pitch count, it seemed like the right move. But Trivino appears to be going through a small rough patch over the past two games, and it showed when he left a cutter over the heart of the plate to Justin Upton that was mashed into the left field bleachers for a two-run homer that put the Angels ahead by a run.

After eight consecutive scoreless innings, Trivino has now allowed at least a run in his last two outings. It was only his fourth home run allowed this season and first since June 5 against the Texas Rangers.

Even so, a one-run deficit is usually no problem for this A’s high-powered road offense, which entered the night having scored the most runs of any team in baseball away from home. But they were silenced by the Angels bullpen for just one hit in the game’s final 3 1/3 innings.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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