Los Angeles Angels equal questionable MLB mark with 7 home runs in loss cause

The Los Angeles Angels tied a questionable Major League record when they smashed seven home runs – all single shots – but lost to the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Thursday in Anaheim, California.

The Angels are only the second team to hit seven singles and lose, according to ESPN Statistics and Information research. It is also the first team in a major to hit seven singles players and not score any more hits in the game.

“I think they always say running solo doesn’t hit you, but you feel like if you get to seven, you might. It didn’t work out for us,” said Phil Nevin, Angels interim manager.

Shohei Ohtani, who left Wednesday night’s game with a left forearm spasm, bounced back with two homeowners and two RBIs. This was his eleventh game in multiple competitions in the major tournaments and his fifth of the season.

Kurt Suzuki, Taylor Ward, Joe Adele and Jared Walsh also went away from the Angels, who went 2-5 in their house. It also links the seven reptiles to a general franchise record.

The Chicago White Sox in 2016 was the only other team to score seven home singles hits and lose, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. In total, only six teams have managed to injure seven singles players in a match, whether they win or lose, in MLB history.

Oakland coach Mark Kotsai said: “Today was a baseball game a little different than what I’ve probably been a part of. It’s a very exciting result of playing. I’m glad our eight held up, and we were. Capable of winning.”

“The goal is to win the game and get more innings. Solo running at home at the end of the day is great, but it doesn’t always necessarily help you win matches.”

Los Angeles led 2-0 after two rounds of shots by Ohtani and Suzuki before Oakland broke the match in the third against Halos Jansson Genk (1-1).

Mickey Monyak — acquired from Philadelphia on Tuesday as part of the Noah Syndergaard trade — hit the right with one in ninth to get the Angels on tour. He pulled Max Stacey out for a walk, but Ward hit him and AJ Puk made Otani come out to go a short distance into the first court to save his third.

Ward and Adell’s singles shots in the third and fourth rounds made this only the second time in franchise history that the Angels have served in each of the first four innings. The last time it happened was on August 19, 2017 in Baltimore when Mike Trout went deep in stages one and three and Luis Valbuena did so in the second and fourth.

This is the third time he has spoken in a major this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers did so on May 24 in Washington and the Minnesota Twins on April 10 against Seattle.

Ward said, referring to the Angels beating .199 as a team in July.

The Dodgers were the last team to achieve seven singles runs on June 24, 2018, against the New York Mets.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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