Game One against the LA Angels was highlighted by two unexpected outcomes from two pitches.
First off was the ridiculous double hit by the Angels’ David Fletcher, one of those battling players who you absolutely love if they’re on your team but find annoying if they’re not.
Nevermind above the letters on your uniform, that pitch was above the letter on his helmet!
The more positive unexpected outcome for the A’s came on the final pitch in the top of the eighth inning. The A’s 5-3 lead was in danger with a runner on first base (Fletcher, obviously!) and Mike Trout at the plate. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, with the count full, Joakim Soria decided to throw a slider for a strike …
Trout was turned into a statue as the umpire ringed him up with a called strike three.
Mike Fiers dodged his way out of some trouble in the top of the first and was rewarded immediately by the A’s offence.
Marcus Semien took the second pitch thrown by Andrew Heaney in the bottom of the first for a home run to dead-centre. Stephen Piscotty then got a precious two-out double to drive in two more runs. The A’s didn’t relinquish the lead from and went on to win the game 5-3.
Saturday’s game is a day-game at the Coliseum, a 1.10pm start local time making for a 9.10pm start here in the UK. Coverage is on MLB.TV as always and the game is also available on TV in the UK via BT Sport 2.