ANAHEIM, California Shohei Otani failed to connect to the plate, winning 0 for 3, leaving runners in winning position twice. Although Ohtani was firm on the hill, he could not retire. Sean Murphy in two key situations.
Otani sometimes has to do everything himself to keep the struggling Angels winning, and the Oakland Athletics did just enough against the two-sided superstar to pull off an encouraging victory.
Murphy hit a home run and drove three rounds off Otani to lead the A’s to a 3-1 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
James Kaprielian (3-5) sent a six-hit ball into the sixth as the A’s snapped their three-game losing streak by defeating Otani (9-7), who hasn’t had a win over Oakland in five matches on the mound since 2018.
Otani hit seven hits and two earned runs as he entered the sixth inning of his third straight loss, again falling short of his career-best victory on the 10th mound after Murphy hit a two-run homer in the sixth. The AL MVP struck out seven 5s to end his streak of six straight starts with double-figure strikeouts, just short of Nolan Ryan’s franchise-record seven.
“He’s had his share of knockouts, but that’s what he’s going to do,” A’s manager Mark Cotsey said. “I think we had good at-bats, we counted his innings and got him out early.”
Otani was quite pleased with his performance with the heavy slider, but he lamented his efforts at the plate. He received one boost from himself and his fellow Angels hitters during his three-game drift.
“Especially with the (running on) second and third, one out (in the third inning), I felt like if I went into that at bat, we could win the game,” Otani said through his interpreter. “Because I didn’t, I felt it was the most important moment in the game.”
Otani went to a pinch-hitter in the seventh with a cramp in his right forearm, but he said he expected to play on Thursday. Los Angeles had only faced Otani twice earlier this season, both after Otani suffered minor injuries.
“If I’m healthy enough to play, I want to be there,” Otani said. “Looks like I can’t afford to miss games right now.”
Luis Rengifo the Angels had an RBI tie in season five, having lost four of six in another dismal season.
Murphy had an RBI single in the fourth, followed by his double to the left. Catcher was 0-for-5 in his career against Otani until those consecutive hits.
“Murph has been collecting good bats for two months now,” Kotsey said. “He was basically a one-man destruction show tonight.”
Mickey Moniak started in center field and went 0-for-2 on his debut for the Angels, who acquired the former No. 1 overall from Philadelphia during the trade. Noah Sindergaard on Tuesday. Lefty Tucker Davidson also arrived in Anaheim from Atlanta with plans to begin rotation Sunday in Seattle.
Otani started with three one-hit innings, but Oakland scored an unearned run in the fourth when Ramon Laureano reached for Rengifo’s throw error, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Murphy’s single.
Rengifo redeemed in the fifth with a double with two strikeouts, scoring a goal Magneris Sierra. Rengifo has scored in 30 of his last 33 games, and he was the only consistent striker among the Angels in July as the team hit a measly .199 goals.
ANOTHER MICKEY IN ANAHEIM
Moniac is a native of San Diego’s Northern County, about an hour south of Angel Stadium. Although he’s managed just 12 goals in 47 major league games over the past three seasons, Moniac has made significant progress this year, both before and after his hand was broken by a serve in the last match of spring training.
“I’ve always been a guy who maybe needs a little bit to get comfortable at every level, and once I get the hang of it, things start from there,” said Moniac, who hit .310 this season with a .924 OPS on the juniors. . “So there really was no such opportunity (in Philadelphia), which makes sense. They’re always on the hunt for big money pennants on the field, so just being here and hearing that you’re about to go out and play and have fun is great.”
Angels manager Phil Nevin, whose son played with Moniac on the road, said the outfielder would play regularly for the remainder of the season.
Angels: OF Mike Trout planned to start rotational exercises on Wednesday after his return from a complex back injury. He is expected to start swinging the bat soon.
Janson Junk (1-0, 0.00 ERA) returns from his first major league win to start the House of Angels final after throwing six scoreless innings in his two major league appearances this season. Auckland counters with Paul Blackburn (6-6, 4.15), who is 0-4 in his last seven starts.