Pratt's Instant Replay: Angels 6, Athletics 0

September 13, 2012, 10:10 pm
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ANAHEIM -- The A's will certainly be happy to bid adieu to Jered Weaver for the rest of the regular season. The Angels' ace flat out dominated in his four starts against Oakland this season, going 3-0 with a one earned run over 30 13 innings. He pitched seven shutout innings of two hit ball earning the win on Thursday. The Angels beat the A's 6-0, snapping Oakland's six-game win streak and 12-game road win streak. The A's won the season series 10-9. At the PlateA's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Angels early with a sprained right wrist.
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Cespedes reached base with a walk in the top of the fourth inning. He slid hard into second base and collided with Angels' shortstop Erick Aybar on an inning-ending double play. After the collision, Aybar and Cespedes appeared to briefly exchange civil words and check on each other. It looked like Cespedes may have gotten inadvertently elbowed in the head. He planted his right wrist on the slide but it didn't appear that he jammed it. He winced in pain when jogging off the field. In the bottom of the fifth inning the A's took Cespedes out of the game. They put Brandon Moss in his place in left field and Chris Carter took Moss' spot at first base. At this time there's no official word on what the issue is. The A's are 70-38 with him in the starting lineup and 12-22 when he doesn't play. He had hit a home run in each of his last two games. Four of the A's first five hitters struck out against Weaver, who got off to a hot start. Jemile Weeks returned to the lineup for the first time since August 20 with a double in his first at-bat. It wasn't quite as glorious as it looks on the stat sheet as the ball was popped to a difficult to reach area and center fielder Mike Trout just missed robbing Weeks with a diving catch. Weeks also added a single and a stolen base in the eighth inning. He ended up 2 for 3. Starting Pitching ReportAnderson had only allowed two earned runs and issued two walks in four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. He eclipsed his stellar earned run total by allowing five runs in the seventh inning on Thursday. The first came on a Torii Hunter home run to right field. The second scored when Aybar doubled and Mark Trumbo followed with an RBI single to center field. Wells followed with another single to put runners on first and second. Anderson struck out Vernon Wells for the second out of the inning. Trout then stepped to the plate with two outs and MVP chants and drew a walk to load the bases. That finished Anderson's day. Anderson had effectively shut down the Angels attack in the first six innings. His first true adversity came in the fifth inning, when Howie Kendrick his a leadoff double. He responded by inducing an Aybar ground out, striking out Mark Trumbo, and getting Vernon Wells to hit a routine grounder to short to end the inning. In the sixth inning he gave up a one-out, ground-rule double to Trout but didn't allow him to score. Bullpen ReportJesse Chavez made his A's debut with the bases loaded and two outs in relief of Anderson. He gave up a two-run single to right field to make it 4-0. Then with Albert Pujols batting, a passed ball scored Trout to make it 5-0. Hunter, who started the inning and scoring with a homer, hit a two-out RBI single to make it 6-0 game. Chavez was able to get Kendrick to ground out to end the inning. Three of the runs were charged to Anderson. AttendanceThe Angels announced an attendance of 38,029. Rally Monkey CameosAfter a six-run seventh inning in which the Angels sent 11 batters to the plate the monkey never surfaced. Apparently the Angels can rally sans monkeys. Up NextThe A's return home for a quick three game series with the Baltimore Orioles. It will be a duel of lefties as Tommy Milone (12-10, 3.90 ERA) takes on Joe Saunders (2-1, 4.23 ERA). Brandon McCarthy Tweet of the Day With this sweet new haircut and homemade Bane mask I'm off for a big day of yelling at tourists in Union Square. Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 13, 2012

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