A's bullpen falters as Wild Card lead shrinks

A's bullpen falters as Wild Card lead shrinks

ANAHEIM — The A’s newest bullpen arm was on display Friday evening. But only because another was in rare form.

Usually unhittable, Lou Trivino was tagged for a two-run, go-ahead homer off the bat of Justin Upton in the sixth, setting up a rather anticlimactic inning for the just-acquired Fernando Rodney.


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ANAHEIM — The A’s newest bullpen arm was on display Friday evening. But only because another was in rare form.

Usually unhittable, Lou Trivino was tagged for a two-run, go-ahead homer off the bat of Justin Upton in the sixth, setting up a rather anticlimactic inning for the just-acquired Fernando Rodney.


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Rodney offered a clean seventh, but the A’s late-inning magic betrayed them in this one, leading to a 4-3 series-opening loss to the Angels that loosened their hold on the second American League Wild Card spot.

With the Mariners topping Houston on Friday, the A’s lead shrunk to 1 1/2 games — three days before the pair of Wild Card contenders are set to square off in Oakland.

The A’s got homers from Matt Chapman (16) and Khris Davis (33) in the first inning for a swift three-run advantage against Angels starter Felix Pena but managed little thereafter, mustering just three hits in their final eight innings.

Lefty Brett Anderson was pulled at 63 pitches following five innings of two-run ball — his lone blemish a two-run homer to Kole Calhoun in the third — as the A’s continue to lean heavily on their typically trusty bullpen. But Trivino yielded three consecutive hits before recording an out, the middle one landing in the visitor’s bullpen.

Jane Lee has covered the A’s for MLB.com since 2010.

Published at Sat, 11 Aug 2018 05:31:23 +0000

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