Fletcher’s leadoff homer propels Angels to 3-1 win over A’s

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Sports

ANAHEIM, Calif. — David Fletcher’s return to the lineup has been timely for the Los Angeles Angels.The second baseman provided a leadoff homer in Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics and has a hit in all four games he has played in since coming off the injured list.“I’ve had a couple bumps in the road, but I feel alright,” said Fletcher, who missed 69 games due to a left hip strain. Fletcher — who is 5 for 14 with three RBIs since coming off the IL — drove a fastball from Cole Irvin (6-8) over the left-field wall for the Angels’ fourth leadoff homer this season. Of the 13 times Fletcher has gone deep in his five-year career, six have come from the leadoff spot.“We don’t expect many of those out of him, but when a game starts like that, it’s a big shot in the arm for the group and the energy picks up,” interim manager Phil Nevin said.The win also gave the Angels a positive start to August after they went 6-18 in July and had a team batting average of .199 for the month.José Suarez — the planned last-minute starter after Noah Syndergaard was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies before the game — didn’t allow an earned run in his second consecutive start. Suarez (3-4) went five innings and gave up an unearned run on five hits. He struck out five. Jose Quijada retired …

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