Los Angeles Angels equal dubious MLB milestone with 7 home runs hit in losing cause

The Los Angeles Angels tied a dubious main league document once they smashed seven home runs — all solo photographs — however nonetheless misplaced to the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Thursday in Anaheim, California.

The Angels are simply the second group to hit seven solo homers and lose, in response to ESPN Stats & Information analysis. They’re additionally the primary group in the majors to hit seven solo homers and rating no different runs in a recreation.

“I suppose they at all times say solo home runs do not beat you, however you are feeling like if you happen to hit seven, you may. It did not work out for us,” Angels interim supervisor Phil Nevin stated.

Shohei Ohtani, who left Wednesday evening’s recreation attributable to a left forearm cramp, bounced again with two of the homers and two RBIs. It was his eleventh multihomer recreation in the majors and fifth this season.

Kurt Suzuki, Taylor Ward, Joe Adell and Jared Walsh additionally went deep for the Angels, who went 2-5 on their homestand. The seven homers additionally ties an general franchise document.

The Chicago White Sox in 2016 had been the one different group to hit seven solo home runs and lose, in response to ESPN Stats & Information analysis. In whole, solely six groups have hit seven solo homers in a recreation, win or lose, in MLB historical past.

“Today was just a little little bit of a special baseball recreation than I’ve in all probability been part of. It is a really fascinating field rating,” Oakland supervisor Mark Kotsay stated. “I’m glad that our eight held up, and we had been capable of get a win.

“The purpose is to win the sport and rating extra runs. Solo home runs on the finish of the day are good, however they do not essentially at all times enable you win video games.”

Los Angeles led 2-0 after two innings on photographs by Ohtani and Suzuki earlier than Oakland broke it open in the third in opposition to Halos starter Janson Junk (1-1).

Mickey Moniak — acquired from Philadelphia on Tuesday as a part of the Noah Syndergaard commerce — homered to proper with one out in the ninth to get the Angels inside a run. Max Stassi drew a stroll, however Ward struck out and AJ Puk acquired Ohtani to fly out to quick on the primary pitch for his third save.

Solo photographs by Ward and Adell in the third and fourth innings made it solely the second time in franchise historical past that the Angels have homered in every of the primary 4 innings. The final time it occurred was Aug. 19, 2017, in Baltimore when Mike Trout went deep in the primary and third and Luis Valbuena did it in the second and fourth.

It is the third time it has occurred in the majors this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers did it on May 24 at Washington and the Minnesota Twins on April 10 in opposition to Seattle.

“It’s clearly a constructive factor. I’d have appreciated to get the win, however you already know, offensively we have been needing to choose it up just a little bit. So it was a constructive signal,” stated Ward, referring to the Angels batting .199 as a group in July.

The Dodgers had been the final group to hit seven solo home runs on June 24, 2018, in opposition to the New York Mets.

The (*7*) Press contributed to this report.

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