The bats of the dying Los Angeles Angels woke up in a big way on Thursday, overshooting the Oakland Athletics’ inning for a whopping seven home runs.
That was the same number of home runs among all MLB teams that season. Two long balls were scored by Shohei Otani, who went on a consistent MVP campaign for the Japanese phenom.
The Angels lost 8-7.
Yes, despite hitting seven home runsThe Angels found a way to lose because every homer they hit was a single homer. Otani, Kurt Suzuki, Taylor Ward, Joe Adell, Jared Walsh and Mickey Moniac all went deep, it was just that there was no one at the base.
Per ESPN Statistics and Information, the Angels’ seven solo homers set an MLB single-game record, and their seven home runs held the record for most losses in MLB history. Teams that hit seven homers in a game are now 113-6, so at least the Angels have company.
In terms of pitching, starting pitcher Janson Junk allowed six earned runs in 2.1 innings. The other two attempts were against pitcher Tuki Toussaint, who walked five in 4.1 innings of work.
For a team whose ability to find a way to lose despite many historically talented stars became a common meme, it could be a new low. The loss lowers the Angels’ record to 44-61.