Perhaps not the best thing for a team in the midst of playing 20 consecutive games without a day off: an 87-minute rain delay Monday and then extra innings, both potentially unkind to the pitching staff.
The A's were lucky that starter Brett Anderson lasted into the seventh inning in their eventual 5-4, 10-inning win over the visiting Angels at the Coliseum, particularly considering the conditions -- a constant drizzle and wind. When Anderson came out of the game, Oakland had a 3-2 lead, but he left with a man on and two outs, and reliever Michael Wuertz came in, allowed a hit, a walk, and then a two-run single, so the damage to Anderson in his 6 2/3 innings was three runs, all earned.
The A's then had to use three more relievers, Brad Ziegler, Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour, and got a scoreless inning from all three. Balfour, who got the win, struck out three. He hasn't allowed a run in his past 12 outings.
The field was about as good as could be expected after an afternoon and evening of rain, with standing water in several spots in the outfield. Josh Willingham was denied a double in the first inning when his hard shot to left landed in a swamp, slowed and stopped. Anaheim shortstop Erick Aybar got soaked sliding to pick up the ball.
There is rain in Tuesday's forecast, too.
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