ANAHEIM — Patrick Sandoval continues to show that he’s a part of the pitching solution the Angels have needed for the past several years.
Sandoval carried a shutout into the eighth inning in the Angels’ 4-1 victory over the Oakland A’s on Sunday afternoon.
Seven starts into the season, Sandoval has a 1.79 ERA, and the Angels are 6-1 when he’s pitched.
“Outstanding,” Manager Joe Maddon said. “This is turning into a typical performance for him.”
He got the offensive support he needed mostly from Mike Trout, who drove in a run in the second, scored a run in the fifth and drove himself in with his 12th homer of the season, in the seventh. Trout is hitting .323 with a 1.133 OPS.
Shohei Ohtani started the Angels scoring when he led off the game with a 443-foot homer to straightaway center field.
“It’s awesome to see them clicking and hitting bombs,” Sandoval said. “It’s great.”
Trout and Ohtani are two of baseball’s biggest stars, but their presence hasn’t been enough for the Angels because they needed more pitchers to do what Sandoval has done.
The 25-year-old left-hander faced the same team as he beat last Sunday, but in that game he worked around some walks, poor command and the absence of his best pitch, his changeup.
This time, he had everything working.
“Changeup was better, the slider has been outstanding and the fastball command overall I thought was better,”…