Angels Defeat A's in 10 Innings

The Angels would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. However, there is still a little less than one month to go until the playoffs officially begin. The Angels have saved their best baseball of the year for the stretch drive when every game is critical. They continued their winning ways on Tuesday night with a thrilling 8-7 victory over the hapless A's at the Oakland Coliseum. Little has gone right for the A's this year. They have now lost eight games in a row. Meanwhile, the Angels are headed in the opposite direction. They have been victorious in seven of their last 10 contests.

C.J. Crom was the power source for the Angels. He hit home run number 14 with a man on in the sixth inning off of A's reliever Liam Hendriks. New Angel acquisition Justin Upton helped the cause by driving in his 95th run of the year. Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols drove in two runs to bring his season total to 93. A's reliever Blake Treinen was the losing pitcher for the second game in a row. Garrett Richards made the start and pitched 3 1/3 innings. He was on a very low pitch count because he had been out since April 5th with a bicep nerve irritation. He only allowed one earned run. Angels manager Mike Scioscia was pleased by the performance of Richards. He believes that Richards will be a big contributor to the team in September.

The Angels now are the official holders of the second wild card spot in the American League. However, they only have a slim lead of a half game over the Minnesota Twins. Scioscia has been through many playoff races in his long career. He knows that extra inning wins can boost the confidence of a team and propel them to greater things. He said that the win was a big one because of how tight the playoff race is right now.

Justin Upton has been a great addition for the Angels since they acquired him from the Detroit Tigers one week ago. He said that his new teammates have welcomed him with open arms. Upton said that the atmosphere in the clubhouse is completely different than in Detroit. He says that being on a winning team that has a shot at the playoffs makes it exciting to come to the ballpark every day.


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