BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
The A’s opened the Coliseum portion of their 2019 schedule Thursday, riding six shutout innings from Mike Fiers on the way to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Fiers was on his game throughout, allowing only a fifth inning single to Tommy La Stella, as Oakland bounced back from a pair of season opening losses to Seattle in Tokyo last week.
The A’s pitching supplied a similar strategy to what was so successful during last year‘s playoff push, as Lee Trevino, Joakim Soria and Blake Trienen each came through with scoreless innings in relief to send the Angels down to their sixth straight Opening Day loss.
Jurickson Profar led off the second inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chad Pinder to provide Oakland with what turned out to be the winning run.
An RBI double by Stephen Piscotty and solo home runs by Marcus Semien and Khris Davis helped provide the final margin.
The four game series resumes Friday night with Marco Estrada making his home debut for the A’s against the Angels Matt Harvey.