Olson, whose whistleblower from first base nailed Angels free runner Shohei Ohtani to the top of the 10th, logged in with one out. The A’s gathered around the plate to greet him on opening night.
” It’s really interesting. There is going to be more excitement, ”Olson said. “I think it would be a lot harder to go to 17 or 18 innings with a guy in second. You would think at some point that someone is probably going to get hit. ”
Major League Baseball instituted the controversial extra runners rule for this season to prevent games from dragging on into a compressed 60-game schedule that began after months of delay due to the virus outbreak.
Ohtani, who had pulled out to end the Ninth Angels, wasn’t quite ready for it: the show showed him in the dugout wearing a sweater when the game went to extras. Caught off guard, someone reminded him he needed to move up to second and he quickly organized himself.
Ohtani attempted to advance on midfield point guard Jared Walsh but was spotted in a count.
“I feel like we’re just going to see different things with this,” Olson said.
After Semien took second in the bottom of the 10th, the As charged the goals against Hansel Robles (0-1) on a blow-by-blow, a wild throw and a walk.
“Let’s see what we do,” former A pitcher Dave Stewart wrote on Twitter, then cracked, “I guess decay isn’t an option? ”
Then: “We don’t need stinky decay. ”
New Angels manager Joe Maddon brought in reliever Hoby Milner and, with a five-man infielder in place, Olson hit the first pitch far over the right-field wall.
Maddon was asked how the extra-inning runner rule affected his strategy in the 10th.
“It’s interesting for sure – it’s [like] a brace in the 10th so they got us tonight, ”he said. We were ready to play that. Of course, the ball went over our heads. We couldn’t do anything about it. Everything we had been working on, the guys were ready for tonight, and we really appreciate that. ”
According to STATS, Olson became the third player to hit a nonstop grand slam on opening day. He joined Sixto Lezcano (1980 Brewers) and Jim Presley (1986, Mariners).
Burch Smith (1-0) pitched an inning for the win.
The game went for 10th, tied at 3 after Jason Castro’s homerun tied for ninth against Liam Hendriks, closer to A.
The Angels were unable to deliver a victory for Maddon on his managerial debut with the team. Maddon joined the Angels after five seasons guiding the Chicago Cubs.
“We’re basically playing a third of a season, so it’s like losing a three-game streak. That’s what it feels like, ”said Angels starter Andrew Heaney.
Many Angels, including Justin Upton and Brian Goodwin, took one knee for the national anthem while A players Khris Davis and Tony Kemp threw their fists straight into the air.
Los Angeles opened the season in Oakland for the fourth year in a row.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.