ANAHEIM – The positive vibe that was building inside the Oakland A’s dugout on Saturday night took a steep dive when right fielder Stephen Piscotty had to be helped off the field in the sixth inning after spraining his right knee against the Los Angeles Angels.
The A’s went on to win 4-0 behind 7 2/3 shutout innings from left-hander Brett Anderson, but the postgame high-fives didn’t have much juice as the night before.
Piscotty was attempting to stretch a single into a double when he slid awkwardly into second base.
Piscotty came off the bag and was tagged out as he lay on his back with his hands on his helmet. Trainers and teammates came to his side, and he was helped off by manager Bob Melvin and third baseman Matt Chapman.
Anderson (8-5) continued to mow through the Los Angeles batting order after Piscotty’s injury, giving up two hits while matching his longest outing in just over four years. He struck out three and walked two on 100 pitches.
He retired the first 10 batters before Mike Trout walked in the third. He didn’t allow a base hit until Andrelton Simmons grounded a single up the middle to lead off the fifth.
The A’s didn’t collect their first hit until Mark Canha lined a single over shortstop with one out in the fourth inning. Oakland loaded the bases with one out, but Piscotty grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Oakland scored three runs in the fifth, however.
Jurickson Profar led off with a walk after falling behind 0-2. He took second on a balk and third on a groundout by Josh Phegley. Profar scored on a double by Marcus Semien, and Chapman followed with a two-run homer to right to make it 3-0.
The A’s tacked on another run in the seventh on an RBI single by Phegley to make it 4-0.