Freeway Series shifts to Anaheim
(SportsNetwork.com) - As a previous employer of Dan Haren, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have gotten the good and the bad out of the right-hander.
Right now, Haren's current Los Angeles Dodgers club is seeing the worst.
Haren hopes to avoid a sixth straight losing start on Wednesday night as the Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels moves to Anaheim for the final two of four meetings.
The 33-year-old Haren has logged a 10.03 earned run average over his five- start skid, giving up 26 runs and six homers over 23 1/3 innings. That has seemingly put his spot in the rotation in doubt, but manager Don Mattingly is sticking with him for now.
Haren last pitched on Friday versus the Chicago Cubs and was charged with seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings. He fell to 8-9 on the year with a 4.76 ERA.
"I'm just embarrassed by my performance and I feel bad for the fans and the other 24 guys," said Haren on the Dodgers' website. "It's kind of a broken record my last few starts. I didn't have good stuff. I don't know why. Healthwise, I'm fine.
"As bad as it's been lately, I felt really good mentally and came to the park feeling good things were going to happen. But just the same results. It's one of the toughest times in my career. I had a bad start last year, but this means more, the way we've been playing and to be the weak link. I have no one to blame but myself."
Haren is 3-6 with a 3.75 ERA in 11 career meetings with the Angels, who he pitched with previous for two-plus seasons. He won 16 games and had a 3.17 ERA with the franchise in 2011, but dropped to 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA the following year before becoming a free agent.
The Angels will start Matt Shoemaker, who has won two straight starts and six of his last eight decisions.
After shutting out Detroit for seven innings on July 26, Shoemaker held Tampa Bay to three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits over five innings of work on Friday. He did not walk a batter in the win, moving to 9-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 18 games (12 starts) on the year.
The 27-year-old righty is 5-2 with a 2.84 ERA at home this season and will face the Dodgers for the first time.
These rivals split their first two games in Los Angeles, with the Dodgers bouncing back from Monday's 5-0 setback with a dramatic 5-4 win on Tuesday.
Juan Uribe scored the game-winning run on an error in the ninth inning. Andre Ethier hit a bouncer to Angels third baseman David Freese, who bare-handed the ball but then threw wide to home in an attempt to get Uribe for his second error of the night
"Andre's been a great teammate. It was good to see him come through in that situation, putting the ball in play," Mattingly said.
Clayton Kershaw, who remained unbeaten in his last 12 starts, allowed seven hits and three runs and struck out seven over the first seven frames for the Dodgers.
Angels starter Hector Santiago gave up five hits and four runs -- three earned -- over 5 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers widened their lead to 2 1/2 games over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West, while the Angels fell two games behind AL West-leading Oakland.
"On the defensive end we hurt ourselves," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We were close, then we cracked the door open for them."
The Dodgers and Angels split four meetings last season, with each team winning twice at home.
08/06 10:52:29 ET