Stephen Vogt homered in his last major league at-bat, rookie Ken Waldichuk outdueled Shohei Ohtani, and the Oakland Athletics completed their losingest season in 43 years with a 3-2 victory Wednesday afternoon over the Los Angeles Angels and a three-game sweep.
Despite the win, the A’s (60-102) retained the second-worst record in the majors, meaning they will go into the new draft lottery with the same odds of landing the top pick (16.5 percent) as the other teams with the worst records in the majors this season (Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates).
Meanwhile, the Angels (73-89), who had brought a seven-game winning streak into Oakland, completed their eighth consecutive postseason-less campaign with a 46-60 record under Phil Nevin, who had the interim tag removed from his manager title earlier in the day.
Having announced he would retire at season’s end and getting a ceremonial start at catcher, Vogt ended Ohtani’s perfect-game bid with a fifth-inning walk and scored the game’s first run on Conner Capel’s sacrifice fly.
Then, facing Zack Weiss with the score still 1-0 in the seventh, Vogt led off with his seventh home run of the season and his 56th in 528 games for the A’s over two stints.
Capel singled and scored on a Nick Allen sacrifice fly later in the seventh to increase the Oakland lead to 3-0, and the A’s bullpen held on from there.
The Angels rallied within 3-2 in the eighth on a Jo Adell triple, a Logan O’Hoppe RBI single, and after a double play, Mike Trout’s 40th home run of the season.
But staring down a potential third straight extra-inning game in the series, A’s reliever Kirby Snead recorded the final four outs for his first career save.
Trout’s homer gave him 40 or more for the third time in his career. He became the fourth major-leaguer to reach 40 this season, joining Aaron Judge, Kyle Schwarber and Pete Alonso.
Waldichuk (2-2) shut out the Angels for seven innings, allowing just three hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Ohtani (15-9) saw his season-ending ERA drop to 2.33 in defeat, charged with one run on just one hit. He walked one and struck out six.
Vogt scored twice for the A’s, while Trout was the only player in the game with multiple hits, having stroked a third-inning double before his homer.
–Field Level Media