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Fiers, A’s bats, firing on all cylinders in shutout win over Angels

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.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Oakland starter Mike Fiers throws a pitch during the A’s 4-0 win in their home opener against the Los Angeles Angels Thursday afternoon. Fiers was in control throughout, allowing only one hit in six innings pitched.

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.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Khris Davis receives congratulations after hitting a 6th inning home run during the A’s 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Angeles Angels in their home opener at the Oakland Coliseum.

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.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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