The Los Angeles Angels set a dubious major league record when they smashed seven home runs – all solo shots – but still lost 8-7 to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Angels are only the second team to hit and lose seven solo home runs. They are also the first team in the majors to hit seven solo home runs and hit no other runs in a game.
“I think they always say solo homers don’t beat you, but you feel like if you hit seven, you could. It didn’t work out for us,” said Angels interim manager Phil Nevin.
Shohei Ohtani, who left Wednesday night’s game with a left forearm cramp, recovered with two of the homers and two RBIs. It was his 11th multihomer game in the majors and fifth of the season.
Kurt Suzuki, Taylor Ward, Jo Adell and Jared Walsh also went deep for the Angels, who went 2-5 on their homestand. The seven homers also set an overall franchise record.
The Chicago White Sox were the only other team to hit and lose seven solo homers in 2016, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information. Overall in MLB history, only six teams have hit seven solo home runs in a game, whether they won or lost.
“Today was a little different baseball game than I probably attended. It’s a very interesting boxing result,” said Oakland manager Mark Kotsay. “I’m glad our eight held up and we were able to win it.
“The goal is to win the game and get more runs. Solo home runs at the end of the day are nice, but they don’t always help you win games.”
Los Angeles led 2-0 after two innings through shots from Ohtani and Suzuki before Oakland broke up in the third against Halos starter Janson Junk (1-1).
Mickey Moniak – acquired from Philadelphia in Tuesday’s Noah Syndergaard trade – homered to the right with an out in the ninth to set the Angels on a run. Max Stassi pulled a walk but Ward hit and AJ Puk made Ohtani fly short in first place for his third save.
Solo shots by Ward and Adell in the third and fourth innings made it only the second time in franchise history that the Angels have homed in each of the first four innings. The last time it happened was on August 19, 2017 in Baltimore when Mike Trout landed low in first and third and Luis Valbuena in second and fourth.
It is the third time it has made an appearance at the majors this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers did so on May 24 in Washington and the Minnesota Twins did so against Seattle on April 10.
“Obviously that’s a positive thing. I would have loved to have won, but you know, offensively we had to catch up a bit, so that was a positive sign,” Ward said, referring to the Angels batting .199 as a team in July.
The Dodgers were the last team to hit seven solo homers against the New York Mets on June 24, 2018.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34348870/los-angeles-angels-equal-dubious-mlb-milestone-7-home-runs-hit-losing-cause Los Angeles Angels equal dubious MLB milestone with 7 home runs hit in losing cause