Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

The Angels did just enough to lose again.

Although Andrew Heaney was better than their starters had been recently, that was a relatively low threshold to exceed, as he gave up five runs in the Angels’ 5-3 loss to the A’s in Oakland on Friday.

Despite four more hits from torrid Anthony Rendon, the Angels have lost eight of their last nine games to fall to 8-19.

  • Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels gets hit with a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on August 21, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

    Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on August 21, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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    Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two-run RBI double against the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on August 21, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

    Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics scores on a two-run RBI double from Stephen Piscotty #25 against the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on August 21, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

    Mark Canha #20 and Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after they both score on a two-run RBI double from Stephen Piscotty #25 against the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on August 21, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

    Mike Fiers #50 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the top of the second inning at RingCentral Coliseum on August 21, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

    Oakland Athletics’ Stephen Piscotty (25) swings for a two run double off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

    Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha, right, celebrates with Matt Chapman (26) after both scored against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Both scored on a double by A’s Stephen Piscotty. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

    Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) talks to the home plate umpire after being called on a strike thrown by Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers (50) in the first inning of their game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

  • Angels lose again but show some improvement on the mound against A’s

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney, second from left, speaks with pitching coach Mickey Callaway, second from right, in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

On this night, Heaney kept the game within the reach, and then the bullpen did its job, but the Angels couldn’t come up with the big hit when they needed it against Oakland’s strong bullpen.

“It just has to be that we get clicking on all cylinders,” Manager Joe Maddon said. “Overall the pitching was better tonight. … Overall a pretty well played game. No big hits tonight.”

The Angels ended their streak of eight straight games allowing at least six runs, but that was about all they accomplished. They still haven’t had a starter get through five innings in the last six games.

Heaney gave up a homer to the first batter of the game, Marcus Semien, and then he gave up two more runs on a two-out double by Stephen Piscotty. Trailing 3-0 quickly, Heaney then locked down though and gave his teammates a chance to get back in the game.

Heaney worked three straight scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, and he got the first two outs of the fifth.

Afterward, Heaney said he didn’t want to disclose what adjustments he’d made,

It ended with back-to-back doubles to Mark Canha and Matt Olson, the latter of which barely eluded Goodwin in left field.

“It’s not a routine play by any means,” Maddon said. “(Goodwin) is going out to the wall face first in that kind of a dark little corner in there, but he made a good effort. I was surprised he even got to it. I really was. When it was off the bat, I thought it was possibly over the wall, definitely off the wall. That’s what I saw from my vantage point.”

Reliever Mike Mayers then allowed a single to Piscotty to drive in the fifth run tacked on to Heaney’s line, putting the Angels behind 5-1.

The Angels had threats throughout the game, but could never put up a big enough inning to give themselves a chance to win.

In the first, Goodwin struck out to strand two, the first of his four strikeouts, including two others with runners on base. They loaded the bases in the fourth but Andrelton Simmons — in his first game after more than three weeks on the injured list — hit a flyout.

Rendon drove in their first run in the fifth with his third hit of the game. Rendon is 22 for 42 (.524) in his 11-game hitting streak, including multiple hits in his last five games.

The next time the Angels came to the plate, their deficit had grown to 5-1. They again loaded the bases, and this time Mike Trout shattered his bat on a ball punched to the right side, and the A’s couldn’t make a play, allowing two runs to score.

Rendon came up as the potential go-ahead run, and he hit a flyout to center.

Rendon led off the ninth with a single against closer Liam Hendriks, allowing the Angels to have three shots with the tying run at the plate. Hendriks retired Goodwin, Albert Pujols and Jo Adell to end it.

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