First up was rookie catcher Logan O’Hoppe. Then it was Mike Trout. And, of course, Shohei Ohtani. Three home runs that scored six runs supporting a stellar start for Tyler Anderson.
The Angels beat the A’s 6-0 on Sunday at RingCentral Coliseum.
In the past two games, the Angels have scored 19 runs, a stark difference from the run the team managed on opening night.
“Like I said, I’m not worried about the offense,” manager Phil Nevin reiterated Saturday.
On Sunday, O’Hoppe scored the game’s first three runs in the top of the fourth inning. His home run flew into the space between the top of the green fence at the 362-foot mark and the bottom of the Coliseum’s lowest steps.
It was O’Hoppe’s first home run of his major league career and he trotted around the bases with a confident look.
Almost everyone on the Angels’ bench stood up to watch O’Hoppe’s shot. Ohtani and José Suárez were among the players who came off the railless bench with their arms raised.
O’Hoppe broke into a big smile once he touched home plate and was greeted by his teammates.
Trout and Ohtani followed suit with impressive back-to-back homers (Trout a two-run homer and Ohtani a solo shot) in the fifth inning, their first of the season.
Ohtani hit his home run on the first pitch to him. The Angels fans in the crowd had barely finished celebrating Trout’s home run and Trout had donned his home run celebration hat only moments before it was needed for the upcoming celebration.
For his part, Anderson shutout the A’s in six innings, spreading four hits, walking two batters and striking out four.