ANAHEIM, Calif. — James Kaprielian pitched two-hit ball over six innings, Matt Olson hit his thirty sixth house run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 Saturday evening.
The A’s have received 4 consecutive video games and 7 of 10 of their race for the second AL wild card. They’re two video games again of Toronto for the ultimate postseason spot, with the Yankees additionally in the way in which.
Kaprielian (8-5) retired 18 of his 20 batters. He struck out 5 and walked none. He had been moved to the bullpen and did not discover out he can be beginning Saturday till after he’d performed catch Friday.
“My mentality is similar, it did not actually change something,” Kaprielian mentioned of pitching in reduction or beginning roles. “I most likely threw greater than I wished yesterday as a result of I did not know till after I performed catch. On the finish of the 12 months, no matter (supervisor Bob Melvin) asks me to do, I am going to do. I simply wish to assist this workforce win.”
The A’s scored three runs within the first inning to offer Kaprielian an early cushion. Los Angeles’ Jose Rojas singled within the third and Jack Mayfield hit a double within the sixth. Aside from these two hits, Kaprielian was in full management.
Andrew Chafin earned his fifth save regardless of a shaky ninth. Chafin loaded the bases earlier than second baseman Josh Harrison made an unimaginable leaping catch within the net of his glove for the ultimate out.
“A man we traded for going up and making that play, it is large time,” Kaprielian mentioned. “Winner’s win.”
Kaprielian rebounded after struggling his earlier 4 begins by which he was he was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.
Jose Suarez (7-8) had a tough begin with a three-run first — all on two outs — earlier than settling down. He gave up six hits and struck out two in 5 2/3 innings.
Joe Maddon stopped him on the mound when he went to take him out of the sport with a message.
“I instructed him, ‘Hear, you did not have your finest every little thing however you bought deep on this sport and that is a very good signal,'” Maddon mentioned. “I wished him to take that away from his look. This is a child that pitched nearly six innings towards a very good ball membership, did it based mostly on a number of guile and guts and the very fact he is turning right into a big-league pitcher.”
Within the seventh inning, there was a disputed name on the second out of what was dominated a double play. Reliever Deolis Guerra dived to the bottom after he caught the ball and tagged first, after which the ball got here out of his glove. The decision was challenged and overturned for what was deemed not having management of the ball, though he already appeared to have recorded the out. When Melvin got here out to argue, he bought ejected, his fourth of the season.
Guerra and teammates, who had been already celebrating the play within the dugout, needed to come again out. Rojas singled in a run for the Angels’ first of the sport, however Guerra bought Max Stassi to strike out on the lookout for the ultimate out of the inning.
Kaprielian made his twenty first begin of the season, which is probably the most by an A’s rookie since 2017 when Jharel Cotton made 24 begins.
Shohei Ohtani was 2 for 4 with a run, and Rojas had two hits.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
An impassioned Maddon was campaigning for second baseman David Fletcher to win a Gold Glove award, with out even a query requested throughout a pregame media session.
“The truth that it is even thought of a race simply amazes me,” Maddon mentioned. “In the event you’re simply going by a generated numerical metric, you are going to be deceived usually. I have not seen that physique of labor in a season, higher than him. I’ll say this, he is the most effective infielder. Him and (A’s third baseman Matt) Chapman are two of the most effective infielders I’ve seen this 12 months. Do not inform me there’s anyone on the market, each leagues, that play that place like he does.”
Athletics: RHP Daulton Jeffries (proper elbow ulnar neuritis) was positioned on the IL retroactive to Sept. 13. The Athletics do not imagine it is a ligament situation. The A’s will see how he’s in a couple of days. He is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 5 appearances with the A’s this season. … RHP Chris Bassit (surgical procedure for facial fracture) threw a simulated sport at Angel Stadium and is predicted to throw once more on Monday. He was hit by a line drive on Aug. 17 and is attempting to return this season.
Angels: LHP Reid Detmers and LHP Austin Warren (each COVID-related IL) each threw to batters at Angel Stadium.
Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (12-9, 3.72 ERA) is 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 12 appearances — 9 of them begins — towards the Angels in his profession.
Angels: RHP Ohtani (9-2, 3.36) will go for his tenth win after there was consideration of shutting him down from pitching for the rest of the season attributable to arm soreness. He gave up six earned runs in a loss to Houston in his final begin on Sept. 10. He’s 6-0 with a 1.99 ERA at house this season.