Sports · August 5, 2022

Los Angeles Angels equal MLB’s ominous record as they score 7 solo home runs, but still lose


When it’s not going right, it’s actually not going right.

In what has been a tough season for the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday night was another painful outing.

On a positive note, the team scored seven solo home runs, the highest score in a game by any team of all time.

However, the Angels ultimately lost to the Oakland Athletics 8-7 in Anaheim, California, and in doing so they equalized an MLB record for the most home runs scored in a defeat.

They are only the sixth team ever to score seven homers in a defeat, and the first since the Minnesota Twins did so last year against the Detroit Tigers.

“I thought we had been swinging pretty well,” said interim manager Phil Nevin. “We had seven solos and two other hits. I have certainly never seen it. I was thinking about it on the bench.

“So we did it right, and they say solo home runs won’t beat you, but you feel like you’ve hit seven you might, but it didn’t work for us.”

Shohei Ohtani continued her excellent season with two home runs, her eleventh game of multiple homers in MLB and fifth this season.

Mickey Moniak, Jared Walsh, Kurt Suzuki, Taylor Ward and Jo Adell also added their own home runs, but that wasn’t enough in the losing effort.

Mickey Moniak scores a home run in the ninth inning against the Athletics.

It was the first time since 1900 when a team scored seven solo home runs but no one else. The seven home runs linked to an Angels record set in 2003.

According to for Elias Sports, teams are now 113-6 all-time when they score seven home runs in one game.

“When you’ve scored seven home runs in one game, that’s a good thing,” Walsh said. “We would have liked to win, but in attack we had to get him back, so it’s a positive sign.”

The Angels now have a record of 44-61, while the Athletics improve to 41-66.