Sean Doolittle collected his third save Wednesday and had to go through Albert Pujols to do it.
Sean Doolittle throws fastballs. Albert Pujols hits fastballs.
That made Wednesday’s ninth-inning confrontation between the A’s reliever and the Angels’ DH a classic of the genre.
Or, in the words of A’s catcher Stephen Vogt, “It was fun.’’
Doolittle’s inning had started with Kole Calhoun taking him deep, the homer cutting Oakland’s lead over the playoff-hungry Angels a single run at 8-7. Then Mike Trout singled, meaning that Pujols and his 558 career homers was at the plate as the potential winning run.
“It was a kind of `Is this going to end’ thing,’’ Vogt said. “Is it going to be Pujols doing what Pujols does or Doolittle getting the popup like he does.’’
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