It was a record-setting evening in Oakland for the Angels on Thursday, but mostly in a way you don’t want to remember.
The A’s hammered the Halos 21-3 in the worst defeat in the history of the franchise, dating back to 1961. Stack that up with Wednesday’s 10-0 loss to Oakland (92-61) and the Orange County team was outscored 31-3 over the past two games.
There were a few highlights for the Angels. Mike Trout hit his 36th homer of the season, and Francisco Arcia made history by being the first player in big league history to catch, pitch and hit a home run in a game. Normally a catcher, Arcia came in and pitched the final two innings, giving up four hits – including two home runs – and a total of three runs.
The Angels, now 75-78, were outhit 22-5 and the loss went to Matt Shoemaker (2-2). Next up for the Halos will be a three-game series (Friday through Sunday) in Houston against the Astros.