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LA Angels1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 150
Oakland0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 020
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  W: J. Suarez (4-4)   L: C. Irvin (6-9)   S: R. Tepera (2)
6:40 PM PT7:40 PM MT8:40 PM CT9:40 PM ET21:40 ET1:40 GMT9:40 6:40 PM MST8:40 PM EST9:10 PM VEN5:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, August 8, 2022
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 5,440

Angels-A's series opener to have a familiar feel

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

  1. The Angels, who took three of four at RingCentral Coliseum in May, haven't won a season series in Oakland since going 6-3 in 2016. Los Angeles relievers have pitched 9.1 scoreless innings in the last three games and are second in the AL with a 2.02 ERA since July 26.
  2. Jose Suarez is trying to win three straight starts for the first time in his career. He allowed an unearned run over five innings against the A's his last time out and has not given up an earned run over his last 11 IP, slicing his ERA from 5.60 to 4.55.
  3. Shohei Ohtani is 2-for-16 (.125) with seven strikeouts and no extra-base hits in his last four games. He has five homers and eight RBI in his last nine games against Oakland and has more career homers (15) against the A's than any other opponent.
  4. Since going 10-25 against AL West opponents to open the season, the Athletics have won eight of their last 10 games against divisional foes. They rank second in the AL with 33 homers since July 11 but have surrendered 13 homers over the last three games, matching their highest three-game total since September 9-11, 2019.
  5. Cole Irvin is 4-2 in his last six starts with a 2.03 ERA that ranks fourth in the American League since July 4. He has a .195 opponents' batting average and an AL-leading 1.73 ERA at home compared to a 4.58 ERA and .266 opponent average on the road.
  6. Sean Murphy has a .474/.545/.737 slash line, one homer and seven RBI during a five-game hitting streak. After going 0-for-13 in his first four games against the Angels this season, he's 9-for-24 (.375) with a homer and six RBI in his last six games against them.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/8/2022 thru 8/10/2022

The Los Angeles Angels hope to have Shohei Ohtani available when they begin a rematch series against the host Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

The Athletics took two of three in Anaheim last week, rebounding from a 3-1 defeat in the opener last Tuesday to win 3-1 and 8-7 to take the series.

Oakland beat Ohtani (the pitcher) in the middle game, then overcame his two home runs -- part of a seven-homer Angels barrage -- to claim the finale.

Ohtani is scheduled to pitch Tuesday in Oakland, but he got spiked on top of his left foot when he collided with Seattle Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales in a freak accident during Sunday's 6-3 loss in Seattle.

Ohtani, the on-deck batter when Taylor Ward singled to left field in the third inning, moved into the vicinity of home plate as he aided Angels baserunner Phil Gosselin, who tried unsuccessfully to score from second base.

Gonzales and Ohtani crossed paths as the pitcher was getting into position to back up his catcher, with both players suffering what appeared at the time to be minor injuries.

The Angels immediately checked on Ohtani and deemed him healthy enough to bat. Serving at the designated hitter, he struck out to end the inning, but singled in the fifth inning and clearly favored his left side as he jogged to first base.

He was able to complete the game and went 1-for-4, and after the game, interim manager Phil Nevin said Ohtani "is fine."

The injury occurred one day after new Angels center fielder Mickey Moniak suffered a fractured left middle finger on a bunt single in the ninth inning.

Moniak took an optimistic approach to a break he labeled not very significant.

"I think it's encouraging," he said of the review of his X-rays. "I'm going to try my best to get back out there this season."

If Ohtani is able to bat on Monday, he would be facing Athletic left-hander Cole Irvin (6-8, 3.04 ERA). Ohtani is 7-for-22 (.318) with two homers, three doubles and three RBIs against Irvin.

Irvin pitched last week's series opener against the Angels, taking the loss. He has suffered from a lack of support in 4-1 and 3-1 losses to Los Angeles this season, allowing just five earned runs in 12 innings in those outings.

The Anaheim, Calif., native has started seven times in his career against his hometown team, going 2-4 with a 3.14 ERA.

Irvin dueled Angels left-hander Jose Suarez (3-4, 4.55) on Tuesday, and is scheduled to do so again in the series opener this week.

Suarez hasn't allowed an earned run in his last two starts, including the 3-1 win over the A's in which he gave up just one unearned run in five innings.

The 24-year-old has gone 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in six games, including three starts, against the A's in his career.

A's manager Mark Kotsay could possibly take a new approach to Suarez in the rematch, potentially starting his hottest hitter -- outfielder Seth Brown -- in what would be a lefty-lefty matchup.

Brown was held out of the starting lineup last Tuesday, then went 3-for-6, with a double and a homer, in the other two games.

Brown also homered Sunday in the A's 6-4 home loss to the San Francisco Giants, his fifth in his last six starts.

"He's starting to take the baseball the other way," Kotsay said after Sunday's loss. "A while back, we talked about the fact that if he stayed with that approach, that at the end of the year, he'd be pretty satisfied with his numbers. I think he's in line right now moving in that direction."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 8, 2022

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