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OC Register: Angels’ bats quiet as they drop another game to Oakland A’s


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    Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano, right, runs safely to first base as Los Angeles Angels first baseman Justin Bour misses the throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Angels third baseman Zack Cozart was given a throwing error on the play. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right is greeted by teammate Mike Trout after hitting a homerun off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas in the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman hits an RBI single off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ty Buttrey in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis heads to home plate after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, left, walks back to the mound after giving up a home run to Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis, right, in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis hits a home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun hits a double off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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OAKLAND — Four games into the season, the Angels are still waiting for their bats to arrive.

The Angels lost 2-1 to the Oakland A’s on Sunday afternoon, dropping their third game in the series, mostly because of a sluggish offense.

The Angels scored nine runs in the four games, and six of them came in a two-inning span in their victory on Friday night. For most of the weekend, they strung together a line of zeroes.

Against A’s starters, the Angels scored just one run in 24 innings, none until Kole Calhoun’s homer against Frankie Montas in the sixth inning on Sunday. That was also the Angels’ first homer of the young season.

Calhoun led off the game with a double and then Mike Trout was hit by a pitch, but that potential rally was snuffed when Justin Bour hit into a double play.

In the seventh, Bour led off with a double, putting the tying run in scoring position with no outs. Andrelton Simmons grounded out to shortstop, Zack Cozart fouled out and Tommy La Stella struck out, ending the inning.

The anemic offense left no margin for error for Tyler Skaggs, whose first start was shorter than he’d like but encouraging.

Skaggs missed a start in spring training because of forearm fatigue, so he did not get the full workload a pitcher would have going into the season.

Skaggs came out after his 86th pitch, which Marcus Semien pulled for a two-out double in the fifth.

Ty Buttrey then entered and gave up a bloop single to Matt Chapman, bringing in the A’s second run of the game.

Skaggs could have made it deeper into the game if he hadn’t needed 33 pitches to get through the third inning. After he’d retired the first eight hitters of the game, he gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. He got out of the jam by getting Stephen Piscotty on a flyout.

In the fourth, Skaggs gave up a homer to Khris Davis, his third in the four-game series.

More to come on this story.

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