Sometimes, as the cliché goes, it’s better to be lucky than good.
The Los Angeles Angels were good and lucky on Wednesday, twice rallying from deficits and finally winning on a misplayed fly ball.
Robbie Grossman couldn’t corral a ball hit by Dustin Garneau in the bottom of the ninth. The ball bounced over the left field fence for a ground rule double, and Brian Goodwin scored from second to give the Halos a 10-9 walkoff win over the Oakland Athletics.
The win pushed the Angel record to 30-32 and tied the three-game series with the A’s in Anaheim. The rubber match is today (June 6) with Tyler Skaggs (4-5) making the start for the Orange County team.
Wednesday’s game was a back-and-forth slugfest. The teams totaled 29 hits and the Angels came back from a 7-1 early deficit and a 9-8 hole.
Tommy La Stella had three hits and scored three times. Shohei Ohtani drove in four runs, including a three-run homer. Mike Trout drove in two runs and scored one. Albert Pujols had two hits and scored once.
The Angel pitching was less impressive. No Halo hurler lasted more than 2.1 innings, and “starter” Felix Pena was tagged for eight hits and even earned runs in 1.2 innings.
Hansel Robles (3-0) got the win. He pitched 1.1 innings, giving up one hit and one walk. He struck out one batter.