Angels offense explodes in win over Oakland

BY foxsports • April 22, 2015

What drought? The Angels bats were working just fine on Tuesday night.

You couldn't tell there was anything wrong with the club's offense as it produced a season high in runs in a 14-1 win over Oakland at Angel Stadium.  

Pick your poison. There hasn't been much talk all season about the length of the Angels lineup but on Tuesday it appeared as long as the line at your local DMV.

Halos were hitting from top to bottom.

It was a four-hit night for Kole Calhoun in the leadoff spot. In the 9-hole it was a two-hit, four-RBI kind of night for second baseman Johnny Giavotella. They each had a three-run home run in the game. And then there were the nine hits scattered throughout the rest of the lineup in between them.

By the end of the night, the A's sent first baseman Ike Davis to the mound to end the night.

While the A's will be looking to turn the page, it very well could be one of those nights a corner is turned for the Angels.

"I think we know it's going to happen somewhere where we get that continuity of that deep lineup and, hopefully, tonight will be a catalyst for that," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.  

The Angels put together some big innings, batting around twice on Tuesday night once in the second inning and once in the sixth. The catalysts were Giavotella and Calhoun, respectively.

Giavotella's three-run home run came with two outs in the second inning of a scoreless game. C.J. Cron beat out a double play that would have ended the inning. The play was reviewed and Cron was ruled safe.

"(That) kept the inning together," Scioscia said.

Two batters later, Giavotella came up with two runners on and hit a pitch over the wall in left field to put the Angels up 3-0.

"For me to get a big knock like that meant a lot to me and I was glad to give the ballclub a boost," Giavotella said.  

It would be a four-run inning for the Angels, which was much more than they would need on this night.

Giavotella later drove in a run on an RBI single in the Angles six-run sixth inning to give him a career-high four RBI on the night while helping the Angels win at home for the first time this season.  

"This team has, kind of, struggled to put runs on the board but tonight the bats woke up and we did what we're capable of doing," Giavotella said. "We have a lot of confidence in this lineup (from) top to bottom and we came and played great tonight." 

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