Athletics vs. Angels: A's Escape With 4-3 Victory Despite Late Surge by Angels

The Oakland Athletics head to Southern California for a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. The A's are coming off a sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants that has them in last place in the AL West. Check back for news, previews and recaps. For more in depth A's discussion, head over to Athletics Nation.

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Athletics 6 - Angels 1: Guillermo Moscoso, David DeJesus Lead A's To Victory Over Dan Haren

The Oakland Athletics finally got one in the win column as they defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Tuesday night. The A’s got a strong debut from Guillermo Moscoso and a big night from outfielder David DeJesus as they won for the second time against Dan Haren.

Although Moscoso had made relief appearances for the Texas Rangers in 2009 and 2010, his start against the Angels marked his first career major league start. Moscoso followed up Josh Outman’s strong Monday performance with a strong performance of his own. Moscoso lasted six innings and gave up three hits and three walks, but no runs. As with Outman, Moscoso bought himself at least one more start while Tyson Ross and Brandon McCarthy continue to recover from their respective injuries.

The A’s offense had a big night thanks primarily to David DeJesus. In four at bats, DeJesus had two home runs and drove in four runs. Josh Willingham joined in the phone with an RBI double that knocked in Daric Barton and Cliff Pennington.

The six runs were more than enough to get the A’s back in the win column. After Brian Fuentes went off on Bob Geren Monday night, the six runs meant there was no save situation for either Fuentes or Balfour to handle. Joey Devine, Craig Breslow, an Brad Ziegler each threw an inning of relief to close out the game.

The A’s and Angels play game three of their four game series Wednesday evening at 7:05pm. The game is going to be on CSN California and will feature Trevor Cahill faving facing off against Ervin Santana.

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Angels 4 - Athletics 1: Josh Outman Suffers Same Fate As Other A's Pitchers In Loss

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Oakland Athletics Pitcher X puts together an excellent pitching performance. The A’s offense proceeds to score one or no runs in support of Pitcher X. Pitcher X leaves the game having given up hardly any damage of his own and will do no worse than a no-decision. A’s bullpen pitcher X gives it up in the late innings and the A’s go on to lose.

Monday saw the wash, rinse, repeat pattern strike again. Josh Outman made his return to the big leagues after Tommy John surgery two years ago and put together a very solid outing. Outman pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and three walks. While it remains to be seen whether Outman will spend the whole season with Oakland, he most definitely bought himself another start while the A’s wait for Brandon McCarthy to get healthy.

The A’s bullpen and offense were the reasons the A’s couldn’t pull this one out. Hideki Matsui hit a sacrifice fly to score their lone run. The A’s had a chance to take the lead in the seventh but Andy LaRoche was thrown out at home plate. The A’s worked their way past Jered Weaver, but it just wasn’t enough.

The Angels ended things with a big eighth inning against the A’s bullpen. Brian Fuentes walked a batter and then retired the second batter, which then brought Michael Wuertz into the game. Wuertz proceeded to give up an RBI double to Torii Hunter and an RBI single to Jeff Mathis. The A’s couldn’t manage anything off Jordan Walden in the ninth and that was that.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

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