Missed it by that much. The Angels comeback attempt fell just short as the Athletics beat the Angels 6-5. These next two games become must wins for the Angels if they want to catch the A’s and try and get the top Wild Card spot.
The A’s kicked off the scoring when Yoenis Cespedes hit his 17th homer of the year in the top of the second. The Angels came right back in the bottom half when Erick Aybar singled and Vernon Wells hit his 11th homer of the year.
The A’s came right back in the fourth. Cespedes singled and the Brandon Moss hit his 18th homer of the year. Josh Donaldson and George Kottaras singled and Stephen Drew hit a sac fly to score Donaldson. Torii Hunter, in the seventh,hit his 14th homer of the year.
The game stayed that way until the ninth. Cliff Pennington singled and Coco Crisp hit a shot down the right field line to score Pennington. Hunter misplayed it in right field and it allowed Crisp to come all the way around to score.
The Angels began their rally in the ninth. Chris Iannetta and Mike Trout walked. Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols followed with singles to cut it to 6-5. Oakland went to the bullpen and pulled Grant Balfour for Jerry Blevens. Blevens struck out Kendrys Morales and got Howard Kendrick to ground into a game ending double play.