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OC Register: Angels open September with ugly loss to A’s


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OAKLAND — After a miserable August, the Angels had the chance to get the bad taste out of their mouths by opening September with a series against the team with the worst record in baseball.

Instead, they lost again.

Patrick Sandoval gave up five runs in the fourth inning and the Angels’ offense came up empty in a 9-2 loss to the Oakland A’s on Friday night.

The A’s have already lost a major-league-worst 95 games, but they outplayed the Angels (64-71) in this one.

Sandoval did not allow a hit through the first three innings, but he couldn’t get out of the fourth.

Sandoval gave up five hits in a span of seven batters, including a pair of doubles. All five ended up scoring, the final two while reliever Jimmy Herget was on the mound.

Shortstop Kyren Paris, who was making his major league debut, had one learning moment on that play. Paris took a throw from left fielder Randal Grichuk on Zack Gelof’s double. He then held the ball for a moment and looked to see that Gelof had stopped at second, but he didn’t see that Esteury Ruiz was sprinting around third to score the second run.

The Angels selected Paris in the second round of the 2019 draft out of Freedom High in Oakley, which is about an hour from Oakland. He said he grew up as an A’s fan, coming to games at the Coliseum. Paris said about 50 of his friends and family members were expected at the game.

“Definitely, having my family and friends here is going to be amazing,” Paris said before the game. “All of the people who helped me get here. We can all cherish it together.”

At the plate, Paris was hit by a pitch in his first trip, and he reached on an error in his second at-bat. He grounded out and walked in his other two plate appearances.

The Angels managed just seven hits. Shohei Ohtani led off the sixth inning with a double, but he was stranded. The Angels didn’t score until Ohtani walked in the eighth and scored on a Brandon Drury double. Logan O’Hoppe hit a homer in the ninth.

The Angels put their leadoff man on base in four innings, excluding O’Hoppe’s homer, and three of them were erased by double plays.

Rookie Nolan Schanuel, who set a franchise record by picking up a hit in his first 10 big league games, was 0 for 3 with a walk.

More to come on this story.

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