At this point of the season, records and firsts are about all that’s really interesting about the 2019 campaign of the Los Angeles Angels.
Tuesday’s game was a not-atypical 7-5 loss to the Oakland A’s up north, the Halos’ ninth loss in 13 games. But it did produce a few highlights in that Mike Trout hit his 44th home run, tying him for the major league lead. Albert Pujols hit his 654th home career homer, placing him just six back of Willie Mays on the all-time list.
Justin Upton also homered for the Angels, but all three Angel four-baggers were with no one on base.
The Halos took an early 2-0 lead, and then fell behind 5-2. With one run each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, they clawed their way back to a 5-all tie, but the Athletics won in the bottom of the sixth when Seth Brown tripled in the decisive run off Noe Ramirez (4-3).
Now 65-74, the Angels (64-74) will take on the A’s again on Wednesday with Patrick Sandoval (0-1) making the start for the Orange County team in a 7 p.m. game.