The Angels won despite getting just three hits, all against A’s starter Greg Smith, who lost for the first time this season. It was the first time the Angels won a game with three hits or fewer since Sept. 3, 2006 at Detroit in a 2-1 victory over the Tigers. The Angels also had three hits that day.
On Tuesday, the Angels scored their two runs in the third inning on just one hit.
After Tuesday’s victory, the Angels recalled infielder Matt Brown to the big-league club and sent catcher Bobby Wilson back to Triple-A. Wilson was recalled earlier this week when Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli were both feeling the effects of the flu. Both are fine now. Wilson got his first big-league hit Monday.
Before play Tuesday, Brown was tearing up the Pacific Coast League with a .426 batting average in 101 at-bats. He had six home runs and 22 RBI.
John Lackey’s rehab start at Rancho Cucamonga is in a holding pattern after a bank of lights went out at the Quakes’ home park. Lackey had given up just one hit through three innings, needing just five pitches to get out of the third. The right-hander was last seen throwing warmup pitches during the delay. No word yet if those will count toward his designated pitch total.
UPDATE: Lackey finished his outing during a simulated game while one bank of lights was out. No word on if Quakes batters came to the plate or the Quakes’ opponents took their cuts. “Officially,” Lackey’s line was: three innings, one run, one hit, two strikeouts and a walk.
SECOND EDIT: Lackey threw 34 pitches in the game before the power outage and 26 more in simulated game in the bullpen where a batter stood at the plate but didn’t swing.
Just lifted this one from today’s Angels media notes: Wednesday’s Angels starter Ervin Santana is 7-1 with a 1.38 ERA in his career against the A’s. That would be just 10 earned runs in 65 1/3 innings.
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