Chapman’s go-ahead HR carries A’s past Angels
ANAHEIM — Matt Chapman hit a tworun home run, his 35th of the year, to give the Oakland A’s a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
The A’s looked a bit tired in Anaheim. They were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position through the game’s first three innings.
Frankie Montas, back from his 80-game suspension, was doing his part. Mining traffic as best he could, he navigated through a scoring threat in the third thanks to Matt Olson’s glove on Kole Calhoun’s chopper, then a threat in the fifth he mitigated by striking out Brian Goodwin on his trusty splitter. He threw seven innings, and allowed just a Taylor Ward home run on his hanging slider.
Ramón Laureano decided to rev the engine. He executed his yearly outfield-assisted double play at Angel Stadium, catching Taylor Ward straying too far from first with his laser throw from right field. Laureano followed that up with a game-tying home run, his 23rd of the year.
Before Chapman’s home run, the A’s went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. The big hit that seems to appear in multitudes eluded them. The big hit found the Angels, from Kaleb Cowart off Yusmeiro Petit in the seventh inning for the lead.
After making an awkward throw on Jared Walsh’s double, Mark Canha left the game in the seventh inning with a left groin strain.
The A's Matt Chapman, seen here celebrating in June, sent the A's past the Angels on Wednesday.