A’s running game vs. Angels not as sharp as it should be

Eric Sogard says he will be more alert to Angels' deception in future

Eric Sogard says he will be more alert to Angels’ deception in future

One of the issues addressed by the A’s in their review Monday before the start of the three-game series with the Angels was the need to keep in mind how much the Angels like to throw behind runners.

On Tuesday, despite the preparations and the warnings, the A’s ran into outs on the bases with the Angels throwing behind them twice.

In the third inning, Josh Donaldson, batting with Jed Lowrie on second base, singled to right, thought Lowrie would try to score and was caught between first and second when Lowrie held at third

Then in the seventh inning, Eric Sogard delivered a one-out RBI single, but was out when Kole Calhoun threw to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Donaldson said he simply misread Calhoun’s throw toward the plate.

“I thought the throw was higher that it was; I thought it was going to the plate,’’ Donaldson said. “I thought Jed was going to score, but it’s not like I was watching him.’’

Donaldson said making an out wasn’t what disappointed him the most. It was being tagged out on his way back to first base.

“If I had it to do over again, I’d make the out at second,’’ he said. “I’m not going to be able to escape, but at least I could be headed toward second.’’

Sogard said he was aware that the Angels like to throw behind base runners, but he said he didn’t know veteran first baseman Albert Pujols was as good at the play as he proved to be.

“He snuck in behind me there,’’ Sogard said of Pujols. “That was a really good play. You have to be aware, and I will be. But once it’s over, you’ve got to let it go. You can’t dwell on it.’’

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.