A's 6, Angels 4 (Arcadia Minors)
Well, you hate to lose a heartbreak, but sometimes the better team wins. Tonight, the A's simply out-played, and more importantly, out-lasted the Angels in a long 6-inning game in Round 2 of the Minors Playoffs. These teams tied in their only other game on April 19th.
Max Siegel started the night on the mound and made quick work of the A's in the first with 2 strikeouts and a ground out. The Angels tried to gt something going in their turn to bat with Beau Kelly walking and getting two stolen bases. Grady Ottomeyer was hit by a pitch, and stole second, and Tanner Semple was also drilled at the plate to load the bases. However, Brandon Rosvall grounded out on a fielder's choice to 3rd to get the A's out of their jam.
Max got behind in the second giving up two cheap runs on some poor fielding and aggressive base-running by the A's. He got a strikeout to end the threat, but the damage was done. Matthew McCartin led off the second with a walk got moved around on a scrafice by Michael Connelly, then stole third and home to make the game 2-1.
Brandon pitched the third inning gettinga strikeout, but allowing another run to sneak across the plate. In the bottom of the 3rd the bats came to life. Henry Florance was hit by a pitch to get things going on the base paths, then Max got an RBI double to score Henry, followed by another RBI double by Grady, followed by and RBI single by Parker Walton to make the game 4-3 Angels. Unfortunately, Parker was thrown out at 2nd trying to stretch his hit into a double, and that not only ended the Angels inning, it also signaled the end of their offense on the night.
Tough pitching and field ing kept the game close the next two innings. Brandon started the 4th with a strikeout, then Cade Blouin made a great back-up throw from right-field to Grady to catch the lead-runner at second. This was followed by a dynamite throw by Nick Dorrell to Grady to catch the runner stealing second for the 3rd out.
Grady came in to pitch, and despite some jams, did get 5 strikeouts over the next 1 and 2/3 innings without giving up a run. With his pitch-count up and runners an 2nd and 3rd in the top of the 6th inning, his night was over and Matthew came in to pitch. The A's got the best of him thsi night and 3 runs were able to score in what became the final runs fo the game for a 6-4 loss.
Both teams played hard and I'm proud of how the Angels hustled. Tonight, the A's just wanted it more. With only 4 hits by the Angels all night, it's tough to pull out a win against a quality team like the A's. I tip my cap to them, and now it's off to round three against the Cardinals Wednesday night. Unfortunately, I'll be out-of-town for business Wendesday, so I hope that my blogging buddies can pcik -up where I leave off. Good-luck team!
Next up: Round 3 of the Playoffs, Cardinals vs. Angels, Wednesday, 5/21 at 7:30 pm
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