For the second consecutive night, the Angels held a one-run lead, late in the game, only to have the back end of their bullpen squander it.
Monday night, it was Ernesto Frieri blowing the save. Tuesday, Frieri didn’t have an opportunity to save the game due to setup man Joe Smith being unable to hold the lead in front of him.
Entering the game in the eighth inning and the Angels holding on to a 6-5 lead, Smith gave up three singles and two walks to the five hitters he faced and was responsible for all four runs the A’s scored in the inning to take a 9-6 lead. Smith didn’t record an out.
"It’s, obviously, disappointing when you’re not holding leads and we have to do a better job of that," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
It was an appearance very uncharacteristic of Smith, who entered the night having allowed just three hits and no runs in six appearances.
"I was horrible (tonight)," Smith said. "I fell behind in counts. I had the first guy 0-2 and walked him. That’s horrible. Obviously, that’s a no-no. I was absolutely terrible tonight. There’s no other way to say it."
Trout was able to tie the game following Smith’s rough outing but in the 11th, Oakland regained the lead for good on a Josh Donaldson RBI double off of Angels reliever Yoslan Herrera.
It was not only the second straight night the Angels squandered a late lead to the reigning two-time AL West champs, it may prove to be even more significant.
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