This weekend has been a nightmare for the A’s.
They headed into Anaheim on Thursday for the start of a four-game series with the goal of recapturing the lead in the American League West standings, but runs have been difficult to come by and now the Angels enter play Sunday looking for the sweep.
Saturday’s game was especially frustrating for Oakland. Halos reliever Cory Rasmus made a spot start and seven different pitchers followed, but the A’s managed only three total hits in a 2-0 defeat. That putrid offensive performance spoiled a strong outing from Jeff Samardzija, who allowed just four hits and one earned run over eight innings.
The Angels — despite a relatively quiet trade deadline and the loss of stud starter Garrett Richards — are suddenly four games up on the A’s in the American League West with a month to go.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Tigers 3, White Sox 6 (Game 1)
Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 (Game 1)
Indians 3, Royals 2 (11 innings)
Tigers 8, White Sox 4 (Game 2)
Cubs 2, Cardinals 13 (Game 2)
Dodgers 1, Padres 2 (10 innings)