Angels somehow lose to A’s despite hitting seven home runs

When a team smacks seven home runs in a night, you typically would assume they would win the game. The Los Angeles Angels, somehow, did not. 

After tying an MLB record with seven home runs in a game, the host Angels lost to American League West rival Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Thursday. 

The Angels only led for the first two innings, hitting two solo home runs in each of the first two frames, before the Oakland Athletics poured it on with a six-run third inning. Two of the seven home runs for the Angels came from Shohei Ohtani. 

It was an odd display from the Angels, who became the first team in MLB history to hit seven solo home runs while not scoring any other runs in a game. They also became the sixth team in MLB history to hit seven home runs in a game and lose, according to STATS. 

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“I guess they always say solo home runs don’t beat you, but you feel like if you hit seven, you might. It didn’t work out for us,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said.

Mickey Moniak — acquired from Philadelphia on Tuesday as part of the Noah Syndergaard trade — homered to right with one out in the ninth to get the Angels within a run. Max Stassi drew a walk but Taylor Ward struck out and A.J. Puk got Ohtani to fly out to short on the first pitch for his third save.

Kurt Suzuki, Taylor Ward, Jo Adell and Jared Walsh also went deep for the Angels, who went 2-5 on their homestand. The seven homers also tied an overall franchise record.

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“It’s obviously a positive thing. I would have liked to get the win, but you know, offensively we’ve been needing to pick it up a little bit. So it was a positive sign,” said Ward, referring to the Angels batting .199 as a team in July.

The Angels were sellers at the deadline, but the rumors of Ohtani potentially being on the move did not materialize. After trading away Noah Syndergaard, Raisel Iglesias, and Brandon Marsh, the rebuild while also having two generational talents on the roster continues. 

— with AP

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